United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

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  • Day36

    20 Jahre später...

    November 3 in the United Arab Emirates

    ... Treffe ich Svenja Schindler wieder. So klein ist die Welt 🌍 Sie lebt seit 9 Jahren mit ihrem Mann in Dubai. Witzigerweise kennen der Hotelmanager Frank und Svenja sich, er lud sie aufs Schiff ein und wir gingen lecker Essen im Dieter Müller. Danach gab's noch eine Schiffsführung die in der Sansibar endete. Was ein wundervoller Abend 😊

    Nächstes Jahr sind frank und ich bei Svenja und ihrem Mann zum Essen eingeladen. 😍
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  • Day120

    Dubai - what a retreat!

    September 17, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    After pure poverty in Nepal, Dubai is a huge contrast. Our hotel offered amazing breakfast and a pool with incredible view. Visits to Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall incl. aquarium, spice and gold souks and the breathtaking fountain shows in front of the skyline - speed sightseeing at its best! And by the way: we found the penguins...Read more

  • Day150

    Dubai - what a craze

    January 26 in the United Arab Emirates

    The megalomania in form of steel, glass and concrete, oversized cars, consume and materialism, cosmetic surgery and entertainment made us feeling out of place - the contrasts to the last 2 months were just too overwhelming.

    A superficiality, rudeness, recklessness, hectic and artificiality leaped out at us in the people's behavior and our host explained us that this is what life in Dubai is about - no place to stay longer-term.

    On the other hand, the spectacular laser show at the Burj Khalifa thrilled us and we could forget those impressions.
    However, the lack of history and culture makes this place still acting as an empty shell. Dubai put up a big front - and we believe that many visitors might better not want to see behind the curtain.

    As Dubai is made for cars only, the cycling was rather annoying and we were quite happy when we left the city behind :)
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  • Day153

    Al-Ain

    January 29 in the United Arab Emirates

    After we had left Dubai behind, the landscape turned into a desert of sand dunes. We've never seen it like this before
    but the continuous hum of traffic (there are only a few highways crossing the desert) made it less idyllic. And meanwhile, 'dune bashing' with motorbikes, quads and other vehicles became so popular that you can hardly spot an area without tire tracks.

    We had not that much luck these days: Our try to get on a less frequented road failed because we were not allowed to continue at an Omani border checkpoint, the road was for locals only. Two flat tires followed and Hauke's cold got worse. But Al-Ain should become our oasis, for relaxation and cure :)

    As cyclists, we enjoyed a preferential treatment in a 5* hotel and received a suite, enjoyed the rooftop pool, sauna, jacuzzi and took time to explore the Al-Ain oasis in the heart of the city, an UNESCO site. The cleverly designed irrigation system, the lush green and the tweet of the birds are impressive and made it easy to imagine being in a tropical paradise.

    Then we're ready for Oman!
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  • Day193

    One week in Dubai

    March 7, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    German version and more Photos: www.cyclingfornepal.com

    After my winter break in Munich my trip finally started again. But before going back on the bike, I made a one-week stopover in Dubai. There lives Adi, a very good friend from my college time. Adi has been a personal trainer and moved to Dubai a year ago.

    What was built in Dubai in a comparable short of time is very impressive. The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world and is located in down town, next to the largest shopping center with over 1200 shops, an ice hockey field, an aquarium and much more. And that is not the end. The city continues to grow. For example, the "Dubai Mall" getting enlarged by further 1000 stores.

    Dubai has 2.1 million inhabitants. It feels like that more than half of them are not locals, instead people from all over the world.

    Adi lives with four other roommates in a large house near the harbor. Life in Dubai is not cheap. Especially apartments and houses cost a lot of money, which is why residential communities are not rare.

    The week itself should not be an ordinary city trip, where you can see as much as possible in a short time. I'm not a big fan of "sightseeing" anyway, so the week was a good mix of action, sights, beach and nightlife.

    Dubai is an interesting city, which is characterized by the modern architecture and proximity to the beach. The season should be well chosen, because 50 degrees are not uncommon in the summer.

    A big thank goes to Adi, Haryot, Andrea and Corinna for the great hospitality and fun activities.

    Next blog is coming soon: Sri Lanka

    Janosch
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  • Day9

    The Grand Mosque

    January 1, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Our visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was a quick one but that's because we were primarily there to visit The Grand Mosque formally known as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This mosque as in its name is nothing short of grand! The late king of Abu Dhabi wanted to create a mosque that portrayed Islam as it should be known; a peaceful religion. This beautiful structure is made of marble and decorated with precise detail. Luckily we got to see the mosque while the sun was setting and when it was lit up after dark; both were equally impressive.Read more

  • Day10

    Dubai

    January 2, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Dubai is the metropolitan hub of UAE. It's nothing short of a city dominated by a skyline full of unique looking skyscrapers, malls full of the world's classiest brand name stores and highways full of very expensive cars.

    You can see the wealth from being an oil producing country everywhere you go. It was an expensive 24 hours spent in Dubai which was full of many tourists but we couldn't miss seeing the Burj Al Arab from the beach at sunset; an iconic five star hotel recognized from a distance by it's shape of a sailboat (where a standard room would cost you nearly $2,000/night) or going up to the viewing deck on the 124th floor of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa.Read more

  • Day2

    In Transit

    April 6, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Woke up early, 4:50. On the bus by 5:20, asleep 5:30. Check in was difficult as they believe I was an Asian boy Benjamin RoVert Travers Chalk. Got frisk down but had a bacon barn so all good. Long flight to watch two movies and a tv series. But all good in Abu Dhabi. Just preparing for the second of our three legged trip. Wish me luck!!!!Read more

  • Day5

    Match Day 2

    February 14, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Today we headed to the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground in Abu Dhabi. The game was played on a neighbouring field. Having lost the toss and been sent into bat, Arman Khan and Jamie Percival put together a solid 110 - run opening stand aided by a plentiful supply of wides and no-balls. When Arman departed (43 off 44) due to an unfortunate run out, the captain John Oliver strode out. However, only 3 runs later, Percival had to go after a well fought 33 of 43. One of the younger members of the team, Ross Hegginbottom, then strolled out to produce a majestic 46 off 46 not out. After this performance, his tour average is a remarkable 59. However, for the time being, it was the John Oliver show: languid cover drives amalgamated with strong defensive shots. Although he had to depart to a brilliant catch after a beautifully played 25 off 32, he had set the perfect platform for Hegginbottom, Adam McMurray (10 off 11), Ruiaridh Russell (Strike Rate of 300!) and Callum Bell (20 off 12) to accelerate. Through Bell's powerful strokes and Hegginbottom's well judged shots, The Glasgow Academy mustered 230/5 runs in 35 overs. An interesting note was that running between the wickets had improved a lot from the last result. To say that The Glasgow Academy were in high spirits when fielding would be an understatement. Heads were held high and voices were raised. The opposition had been heard downplaying our school team and this boosted our morale immensely. And boy did it show in our opening overs. John Oliver and Arman Khan ripped the top order to shreds. Both bowlers put 110% effort into each ball and every fielder made a contribution with their voice. This set the tone for the 5 wicket haul Arman picked up, but also the aggression of our other bowlers. The wry comments continued from the opposition but we had set out to end the game early. With 5 wickets down, Greg MacMillan and Rick Mukhopadhyay kept the pressure on, and the latter picked up a wicket. Good bowling performances followed: Alastair Fry 3-0-17-0, Euan MacDonald 3-0-11-0 and Adam McMurray 2-0-10-2. In the end, Arman finished things off the game by dislodging the bails in fine fashion with a ferocious delivery to collect his fifth wicket. Notably, captain John Oliver not only picked up a wicket with an excellent spell of fast bowling, but led from the front by influencing a run out and bagging an absolute stunner of a catch. However, individual mentions were trumped by the immense pride and team spirit that The Glasgow Academy displayed today to bring the opposition down from the clouds and seal a victory by 83 runs. Now for the next game tomorrow!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

United Arab Emirates, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, UAE, Imarat Arab Meusaboh, Verenigde Arabiese Emirate, የተባበሩት የዓረብ ግዛቶች, Emiratos Arabes Unitos, Geānedu Arabisc Bregorīcu, الامارات العربية المتحدة, ܐܡܝܪܘܬܐ ܥܪܒܝܬܐ ܡܚܝܕܬܐ, الامارات, সংযুক্ত আৰব আমিৰাত, Emiratos Árabes Xuníos, ГIарабазул Цолъарал Имаратал, Birləşmiş Ərəb Emiratları, ایمارات, Берләшкән Ғәрәп Әмирлектәре, Vaeinigte Arabische Emirate, Emiratong Arabe Unidos, Аб'яднаныя Арабскія Эміраты, Обединени арабски емирства, यूनाइटेड अरब अमीरात, Syarikat Amiriah Arab, Arabu mara kafoli, সংযুক্ত আরব আমিরাত, ཨ་རབ། ཨི་མི་རཊ྄། ཆིག་སྒྲིལ་རྒྱལ་ཁབ།, তিলপা আরব আমিরাত, Emirelezhioù Arab Unanet, Ujedinjeni Arapski Emirati, Emiriyah Arab Bersatu, Арабай Нэгэдэһэн Эмиртэ Улас, Emirats Àrabs Units, Ā-lá-báik Lièng-hăk Dâi-gŭng-guók, Ӏаьрбийн Цхьанатоьхна Эмираташ, Hiniusang Emiratong Arabo, میرنشینە یەکگرتووە عەرەبییەکان, Birleşken Arap Emirlikleri, Spojené arabské emiráty, Emiraethau Arabaidd Unedig, Forenede Arabiske Emirater, Yewiya Emiranê Erebi, Zjadnośone Arabske Emiraty, އެކުވެރި ޢަރަބި އިމާރާތު, ཡུ་ནའི་ཊེཊ་ཨ་ར བ་ཨེ་མི་རེཊསི, United Arab Emirates nutome, Ηνωμένα Αραβικά Εμιράτα, Unuiĝintaj Arabaj Emirlandos, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Araabia Ühendemiraadid, Arabiar Emirerri Batuak, Emiratus Árabis Uníus, عمارات متحده ی عربی, Emiraat Araab Denntuɗe, Arabiemiirikunnat, Sameindu Emirríkini, Émirats Arabes Unis, Èmirats arabes units, Feriene Arabyske Emiraten, Aontas na nÉimíríochtaí Arabacha, Birleşik Arab Emirlikleri, Na h-Iomaratan Arabach Aonaichte, Aravia Emiryvy Joaju, संयुक्त अरब अमीरात, યુનાઇટેડ અરબ એમિરેટ્સ, Ny h-Emmiraidyn Arabagh Unnaneysit, Haɗaɗɗiyar Daular Larabawa, Â-lâ-pak Lièn-ha̍p Thai-kûng-koet, איחוד נסיכויות ערב, Zjednoćene arabske emiraty, Emira Arab Ini, Egyesült Arab Emirátus, Միացյալ Արաբական Էմիրաթներ, Emiratos Arabe Unite, Uni Emirat Arab, Unit Arabic Emiratus, Dagiti Nagkaykaysa nga Emirato nga Arabo, Unionita Araba Emirati, Sameinuðu arabísku furstadæmin, Emirati Arabi Uniti, アラブ首長国連邦, Uni Émirat Arab, არაბთა გაერთიანებული საამიროები, Birlesken Arab Amirlikleri, Limarat Taɛrabin Yeddukklen, Хьарып Iэмирэт Зэгуэтхэр, Falme za Kiarabu, Біріккен Араб Эмираттары, អេមីរ៉ែទអារ៉ាប់រួម, ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಅರಬ್ ಎಮಿರೇಟಸ್, 아랍에미리트 연합, Ӧтувтчӧм Араб Эмиратъяс, Pennternasedh Unys Arabek, Бириккен Араб Эмирликтери, Emiratus Arabici Coniuncti, Vereenegt Arabesch Emiraten, ЦачIунхьу Аьрабнал Эмиратру, Арабрин Садхьанвай Эмиратар, Emireeti, Vereinegde Arabische Emiraote, Emirati Àrabi Unïi, Emiraa Arab Ünii, Lɛmila alabo, ສະຫະລັດອາຫລັບເອມິເລດ, ئمارأتیا یأکاگئرئتە عأرأڤی, Jungtiniai Arabų Emyratai, Lemila alabu, Apvienotie Arābu Emirāti, Emirà Arabo mitambatra, Обединети Арапски Емирати, സംയുക്ത അറബ് രാഷ്ട്രം, Арабын Нэгдсэн Эмирт Улс, Emiriah Arab Bersatu, Emirati Għarab Maqgħuda, ယူအေအီး, متحده عربی امارات, Emireitit Arabiya, Tlacetilīlli Arabiaemiryōtl, A-la-pek Liân-ha̍p Thâu-lâng-kok, De forente arabiske emirater, Vereenigte Araabsche Emiraten, संयुक्त अरब इमिराट्स, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, Dei sameinte arabiske emirata, Unionati Arabi Emirates, Ásáí Bikéyah Yázhí Ałhidadiidzooígíí, Emirats Arabis Units, Yunaayitid Arab Imireetis, ସଂଯୁକ୍ତ ଆରବ ଏମିରେଟସ୍, Араббы Иугонд Эмираттæ, ਸੰਯੁਕਤ ਅਰਬ ਇਮਰਾਤ, Emiratos diad Unido ya Arabo, Emiratos Arabes Unidos, Yunitid Arab Emiraets, Zjednoczone Emiraty Arabskie, Emirà Àrabo Unì, متحدہ عرب امارات, متحده عرب امارات, Hukllachasqa Arab Imiratukuna, Emirats Arabs Unids, Leta Zunze Ubumwe z'Abarabu, Emiratele Arabe Unite, ОАЭ, Споєны Арабскы Еміраты, Nyarabu Zunze Ubumwe, Холбоhуктаах Араб Эмираттара, Emirati Àrabbi Uniti, Unitit Arab Emirates, گڏيل عرب امارات, Ovttastuvvan Arábaemiráhtat, Arâbo Emirâti Ôko, Jongtėnē Arabu Emīratā, එක්සත් අරාබි එමිර් රාජ්‍යය, Združeni arabski emirati, Imaaraadka Carabta ee Midoobay, Emiratet Arabe te Bashkuara, Уједињени Арапски Емирати, Bunye bema-Arabhu, Fereende Arabiske Emiroate, Förenade Arabemiraten, Zjednoczůne Arabske Ymiraty, ஐக்கிய அரபு அமீரகம், యునైటెడ్ ఆరబ్ ఎమిరేట్స్, Emiratu Arabi Naklibur Sira, Аморати Муттаҳидаи Араб, สหรัฐอาหรับเอมิเรตส์, የተባበሩት አረብ ኤምሬትስ, Birleşen Arap Emirlikleri, Nagkakaisang Kaemirang Arabo, ʻAlepea Fakatahataha, Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri, Берләшкән Гарәп Әмирлекләре, Огазеяськем Араб Эмиратъёс, ئەرەب بىرلەشمە خەلىپىلىكى, Обєднані Арабські Емірати, Birlashgan Arab Amirliklari, Araban Ühtenzoittud Emiratad, Các Tiểu vương quốc Ả Rập Thống nhất, Lemiräns Larabik Pebalöl, Imaaraat yu Araab yu Bennoo yi, 阿拉伯联合酋长国, Ниицәтә Араб Нутгуд, פאראייניגטע אראבישע עמיראטן, Orílẹ́ède Ẹmirate ti Awọn Arabu, 阿拉伯聯合酋長國, Bouxdaeuzgoz Ahlazbwz Lienzhab, Vereênigde Araobische Emiraoten, i-United Arab Emirates

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