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  • Day13

    Der englische Leuchtturm

    October 12, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Nur noch ein paar Schritte... da strahlt er, der englische Leuchtturm. Gleich ist es geschafft. Wir wissen schon gar nicht mehr, wie oft wie hier waren, aber das hypnotische rote Leuchten führte uns wieder hierher. Zwei oder vier lautet die Frage des uniformierten Angestellten. Die Antwort hierzu ist zwei. Er drückt uns einen Reifen in die Hand und dann stürzten wir in unserem Reifen die Rutsche gemeinsam hinab und sagten dem englischen Mann, der offensichtlich keine schützende Sonnencreme benutzte, „Lebewohl und vielen Dank für das Geleit“. Er leuchtete noch in weiter ferne (und tat uns schon bisschen leid, dass muss Abends brennen... autsch).
    Aber vielleicht von vorne... Nach langer Zeit ein ausgiebiges Frühstück vom Buffet. Und dann sollte es auch schon zu unserem einzigem Tageshighlight gehen: dem Wild Wadi Water Park!! Daher packten wir Sonnencreme, Badehose und Surfshirt (mit 50 Lichtschutzfaktor) ein und schnappten uns ein Taxi, welche in Dubai günstiger zu sein scheinen als Uber (Uber hat oft Limousinen und ist daher für die Schickeria hier Exklusiver) und fuhren direkt zum Wasserpark. Da es ein Donnerstag in der Woche war, mussten wir weder anstehen, noch bei den einzelnen Rutschen lange warten. Die Aussicht auf den Strand und den Burj Al‘Arab (damit ebenfalls abgehackt) war echt nett. Die Wasserrutschen waren ebenfalls tiptop. Die Anzahl der Lifeguards und anderen Angestellten war so groß, dass wir uns beinahe individuell betreut fühlten. Und es wurde jedes Klischee bedient... von knappen Bikinis und Mädels, die sich ne halbe Stunde für ein Insta-Foto im Pool rekelten und nicht so knappen Burkinis. Daneben dann bierbäuchige Jungs, die für Sonnencreme zu stolz sind und Surfer-Dudes, die lässig angeben konnten. Neben diversen Reifenrutschen und Attraktionen, für die man ein Board benutzten musste, kam auch der freie Fall. Zu diesem Zweck wurden wir in eine Tube gesteckt und es lief ein Countdown, wobei sich nach 1 dann auch der Boden einfach öffnete. Da war er dann... der Fall ins Ungewisse. Wir überlebten aber auch das und nach 5,5 Stunden Dauerrutschen waren wir dann auch fix und fertig. Abends hat Chris noch ein Spaziergang durch die angrenzende Mall gemacht und sich die Ski-Fahrer einmal angeschaut. Morgen heißt es: Reisetag! Sofern wir noch einmal Dubai als Stop-Over haben, dann schauen wir uns auch einmal das Umland an!
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  • Day10

    Dubai ski

    March 18, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    In the spirit of being in the moment and not thinking about going home until we actually get to the airport we packed the day full of excitement.

    First Isabel and I went for a 5km run which brings us a full circle as we also did a 5km with the Jaanferds the morning before we left Bermuda.

    Then we bought new running watches for us and then it was time to hit the fake indoor slopes at Dubai Ski.

    This was truly ending with a bang, it was loads of fun. We are amazed again by what the UAE 🇦🇪 are capable of. Yes everything in Dubai is man made but its pretty well done!

    We had a great time in Dubai with our "wêreld klas" friends, Pieta brood and Rowwe Robyn!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day6

    Dubai

    January 11, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Heute stand das traditionelle Dubai auf dem Programm
    Bevor's aber richtig los ging erst mal ein richtiges Ärgernis 😡😡😡. Bei meiner Kamera streikt das normale Objektiv, das ich nur noch mit dem Tele fotografieren kann. 😩😩😩
    In kurzer Abstecher an der Jameirah Moschee, weiterhin nach Al Bastakiya, dem ältesten Viertels von Dubai, dann weiter im Abra, einem Wassertaxi auf den Gewürz und Goldsouk
    Und das Abendessen gibts auf einer Dhau
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  • Day5

    Von Maskat nach Dubai

    January 10, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Gestern war mehr der Reisetag
    Mit den Bus 🚌 ging's Richtung Grenze, aber nicht ohne noch einen kurzen Stopp an einer Moschee gemacht zu haben ( eine der ca 3600 die der aktuelle Herrscher gebaut hat)
    An der Grenze mussten wir über 1 1/2 Std warten obwohl wir die einzigen waren. Da könnten die deutschen Beamten noch an Langsamkeit lernen
    Aber dann ging's nach Al Ain in Abu Dhabi. Eine Stadt in der Wüste mit tausenden Dattelpalmen 🌴. Das ermöglicht ein ausgeklügeltes Bewässerungssystem. Auch Gewürze und frische Fische gab''am örtlichen Markt in Hülle und Fülle Bevor wir Richtung Dubai weiter fuhren machten wir noch einen Stopp am Palastmuseum des Scheichs Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, einer der Gründerväter der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate
    Nach dem Abendessen in Dubai war noch ein Besuch der größten Indoor Skihalle der Welt fällig Ganz schön dekadent draußen 25 Grad und drinnen Ski fahren.
    Beim Apres Ski endete der Tag 🍺
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  • Day6

    Was von Dubai hängen bleibt

    February 9, 2017 in the United Arab Emirates

    Hauptsache anders! Das ist das Motto Dubais. Die Stadt des ungezügelten Bauwahnsinns in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, umgeben von Wüste. Hier muss alles noch ein bisschen besser, noch ein bisschen größer, schneller, teurer sein als anderswo. Superlative Ideen werden quasi am Fließband entwickelt und verwirklicht, Rekorde finden sich an jeder Ecke.
    Das höchste Gebäude der Welt, die größte Shoppingmall, das höchste Hotel, das längste automatisierte und fahrerlose Schienennetzwerk, der größte automatisierte Parkplatz, das größte aufeinander abgestimmte Springbrunnensystem der Welt, der weltgrößte Goldring. Die bislang größte Skihalle der Welt. Nebenbei baut Dubai gerade am weltweit größten Flughafen. Das einzige 7-Sterne-Hotel der Welt befindet sich selbstverständlich auch in diesem Emirat. Zur Erinnerung: All das inmitten einer Wüste! Dubai ist süchtig nach Rekorden und Superlativen. Das Mekka des Wohlstandes!

    Auf der anderen Seite ist Dubai klar religiös geprägt. An fast jeder Ecke gibt es eine Moschee. Fünfmal am Tag ruft der (elektronische) Muezzin zum Gebet. Gebetsräume sind in jeder noch so modernen Shoppingmall zu finden. Die fünf Säulen des Islams sind allgegenwärtig. Auf der Straße kleiden sich die meisten arabischen Frauen gemäß der religiösen Sitte, sie bedeckenden Großteil ihres Körpers.

    Dubai steht für sagenumwobenen Reichtum, für schier endlosen Luxus und angeberischen Protz auf der einen Seite und für eine vom Islam geprägte Kultur auf der anderen.
    Man muss sie selbst mal erlebt haben, diese einzigartige Mischung aus geheimnisvoller Tradition und extremer Moderne.

    Danke Dubai! Danke für deine Kultur, deine Gastfreundschaft, deine Tradition. Danke für deine Moderne, deine Extreme, deine Speisen und Gerüche. Danke für deine Extravaganz, aber auch für deine Zurückhaltung. Danke für das Anderssein!

    Also Dubai: Bleib anders, stay different, stay unique!
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  • Day56

    Dubai

    November 23, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Die zwei Tage in Dubai sind nun auch schon wieder vorbei. Es war wieder einmal super. Sei es die Stadtrundfahrt mit Stopps im alten Dubai, am Hafen, bei den schönsten Wolkenkratzern oder auf der künstlichen Insel "The Palm". Oder bei der Dubai-Mall mit Besuch auf dem höchsten Gebäude der Welt, beim Wasserspiel oder in der Cheesecake-Factory. Oder beim Ausflug in die Wüste mit Safari, Kamelritt, Tanzeinlagen und gutem Essen.
    Es scheint, als sei in Dubai alles möglich und alles ist etwas grösser, höher, schneller und glitzriger. Es hat uns sehr gefallen, auch wenn Dubai wohl die grösste Baustelle der Welt ist - und das wird sich sicher auch nicht so schnell ändern.
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  • Day4

    Apr 5 - Exploring Old Dubai

    April 5 in the United Arab Emirates

    It's going to be another warm day here in Dubai - expecting a high of 34 deg. C. Doug and I thought about hitting one of the two gyms downstairs after breakfast, but ditched the idea. Hey, we're on vacation! Besides, the better-equipped gym doesn't allow men in between 9:00 a.m. and noon and we sure weren't moving fast enough to be in and out by 9:00 a.m.

    Bob dropped Patty, Doug and myself off close to a main train station and then went to work on his golf game in preparation for a tournament tomorrow. The trains are fully-automated and driverless, clean and well air-conditioned. The stations and the platforms are air-conditioned also. Some of the train cars have sections designated for women and children only. We made our way to the oldest part of Dubai. Along the way, we saw hundreds more construction cranes. I did see some lovely green lawned areas with huge beds of bright pink and red petunias. I also saw the every-present irrigation lines. Dubai averages only 25 days of rain per year for a total of only 3.7 inches of rain. Patty says that rain causes schools to be closed down. The roads are simply not engineered to shed the water. I really wouldn't want to watch Dubai's crazy drivers drive on wet roads.

    We got off the train near the Mall of the Emirates - it has an indoor ski slope where you can ski, snowboard, toboggan, zip line and take a chairlift to the top to enjoy the views. We see enough snow at home, so we bypassed the adventure.

    We started with lunch at the Arabian Tea House - had great chicken shish kebabs, warm bread, salad, tzatziki sauce (yogurt and cucumber and garlic) and french fries. Delicious and all in a lovely old setting.

    From there we headed to the Dubai Souqs (pronounced sooks). It's an area of warren-like alleyways full of tiny shops selling a dizzying array of goods - textiles, shoes, clothing, spices, souvenirs, perfumes and textiles. Cash is king in the souqs and haggling is expected. The vendors, are to put it mildly, aggressive. Doug got yanked into the first souq and dressed up in one of the traditional head scarves. When he said he didn't need a scarf, the store owner asked if he needed Viagara!! You can buy any knockoff designer goods you'd like - especially watches and purses. The colours of the fabrics are so vibrant - deep golds, reds, blues and pinks. Beige is certainly not a popular colour here!

    We took a short boat ride - the boats are called dhows - across the Creek to another souq. The Creek is a long, narrow, crooked finger of water that runs inland from the Persian Gulf. The buildings of the old city of Dubai are clustered along the banks of the Creek, harkening back to Dubai's roots as a trading centre. This souq, the Gold Souq, specialized in jewelry. There was gold and silver and gems everywhere. Incredible.

    Back across the Creek on another abra. Patty and I bought finally succumbed to the urging to buy and bought tops - hers in a sapphire blue, mine in ruby red. We made our way back on the train to the main station and hopped a cab home from there.

    We relaxed and watched the lead up to the Masters Golf Tournament - it's Bob's favourite golf tournament. We are dining in tonight - chicken caesar salad. There is a 24-hour grocery store on the ground floor of Patty and Bob's building. As Patty says, "You can wake up at 2:00 a.m. and get those bananas that your forgot!"

    All in all, another excellent day. Not sure what's on the agenda for tomorrow which is the beginning of the weekend. Weekends here are Friday and Saturday, so Thursday nights here are like Friday nights at home. Fridays are a day of prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam.

    A few observations:

    The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the dirham - denoted as AED. There are about three dirhams to the Canadian dollar, so we have become very quick at dividing all prices by three.

    A 5% VAT (equivalent to HST) was introduced on January 1, 2018, much to the annoyance of all in the UAE. The aim is to reduce the UAE's dependence on oil revenues and to fund the development of high-quality public services.

    The Emirate's Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Many of the stops on the train line are named after banks. The 2020 World's Fair will be held in Dubai.

    There are very few bicycles in Dubai. I suspect, that considering the crazy traffic, the hot temperatures and the constant, widespread road construction, cycling is just not a good option for getting around.

    Arabic is the official language of Dubai, but English is the most widely-spoken language. Signs are posted in both Arabic and English. English is the official language of instruction in schools.

    Western style fine dining abounds - McDonalds, KFC, Red Lobster, Subway and Tim Hortons. I can't get a Tims coffee in Florida, but I can get one in Dubai. Go figure. Tim Horton would be gobsmacked to see what has happened to his little coffee and donut enterprise that began just up the street from Dofasco in Hamilton.
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  • Day3

    Apr 4 - Abu Dhabi

    April 4 in the United Arab Emirates

    Patty and Bob graciously gave up their bed to us weary travellers. They slept at another apartment in their building - their friends who live there are away for a few days in Thailand. Doug and I slept well.

    Patty and Bob went to get new tires for the car while Doug and I held the fort.

    We set off eventually for Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. It's about an hour's drive away. We got to experience more of the traffic around here - aggressive, impatient drivers are everywhere. You really have to have your wits about you to drive here. Kudos to Bob for his great chauffeuring. The scenery in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi is dominated by construction and overhead cranes. Everywhere, new buildings are going up while, oddly, other partially-constructed buildings sit untouched. Doug got to do some car gazing - Lambourghinis, Rolls Royces and Bentleys. The scenery between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is mainly sand and desert. The only greenery seen anywhere is there because of intensive irrigation.

    Our destination in Abu Dhabi was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - the largest mosque in the country. It was constructed between 1996 and 2007. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. Patty and I had to don abayas - long dresses with hoods - to cover our bare arms and legs and our hair. These dresses are to ensure modesty and to ensure that everyone is treated equally. Doug and Bob had to pull on track pants to cover their legs. Bare arms and hair on men are apparently acceptable.

    The mosque is fabulous - marble everywhere with mother-of-pearl inlays. The seven chandeliers are made of Swarokski crystals. There are four minarets on the four corners of the courtyard which rise about 107 m (351 ft) in height. The courtyard, with its floral design, measures about 17,000 m2 (180,000 sq ft), and is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world. The specially-designed hand-knotted carpet contains almost 2.3 billion knots.

    After a lovely tour of the mosque, we had lunch at the coffee shop there. Then we headed back to Dubai along a different route - still just sand and desert and the odd camel to see.

    We stopped at the beach for a few minutes - we'll go there for a long visit later in the week. We passed a whole series of buildings dedicated to plastic surgery. Nip or tuck, anyone? Then we went to Madinat Jumeirah - a complex which includes a beautifully recreated Arabian marketplace - a wonderful place to browse for jewelry, clothing, carpets and prints. The complex is built around a series of manmade waterways. We had dinner overlooking the canals - the temperature had eased off from the high of 33 deg. C. so it was just right for sitting outside.

    It's time to recharge our batteries now (human and electronic) and get ready for tomorrow's adventures in Old Dubai.
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  • Day5

    Apr 6 - The Dubai Mall

    April 6 in the United Arab Emirates

    It's going to be another hot one - the high is expected to be 38 deg. C. That's 99 deg. F. for you non-metric people. But the heat at this time of year is a dry heat, so it should be bearable.

    Our good intentions of going to the gym this morning because there are no restrictions on when men can use the gym on the weekends got thrown out the window when we didn't surface until after 9:00 a.m. We're encountering some jet lag hangover effects. Instead of working out, we watched highlights from the Masters Golf Tournament instead. There was some fabulous playing - the conditions were perfect, but are expected to decline over the next three day of play.

    We finally set out about noon. We dropped Bob at the golf course for his tournament and headed to the Dubai Mall. While yesterday's shopping at the souqs made us feel as if we were in the 19th century, the Dubai Mall showed that we were firmly in the 21st century. Opulence abounded, starting with the valet parking at the mall entrance. There were even golf carts to ferry customers around this huge complex. This mall is probably 10 times bigger than any mall that I've ever been in. The mall has a huge, high-end hotel attached to it that we cruised to see the fabulous Friday brunch spread - Friday brunch is like a ritual here in Dubai. There are lovely outdoor lounges bordering a 30-acre manmade lake. In the lake is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. Every half hour, the fountains erupt in a wonderful display of water ballet all coordinated to music that is broadcast overhead. At night, the pools are illuminated with coloured lights.

    Across the pool from the ritzy hotel is the Burj Khalifa. It is both the tallest building in the world (828 metres vs. 553 for the CN Tower) and the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It has the highest number of stories in the world (160) and the highest occupied floor in the world. Not suprisingly, it also has the highest observation deck in the world. It is truly a stunning work of art and an incredible feat of engineering.

    The inside of the mall is stunning, with marble everywhere. It has two indoor fountains, a merry-go-round, a huge aquarium and an ice skating rink. There is almost every kind of shopping store imaginable there (no Home Depot). You know you can't afford a store when the door is closed and there is a door man wearing an Armani suit. Lots of those kind of stores. There is a whole section of children's stores - Gucci for Children anyone? Patty and I bought sandals in Clarks - we got a deal for buying two pairs. Dubai is truly a shopper's paradise, but only for shoppers with really, really deep pockets.

    We took the scenic route home, via one of the most popular beaches. It was packed with people enjoying the warm weather on a hot Friday afternoon. We saw some huge homes that look like mini castles.

    We joined Bob at the golf course. He enjoyed his tournament today but didn't shoot particularly well. We had dinner by the 18th green. The special tonight was an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. Excellent. Dubai doesn't observe daylight savings time so it was dark by about 6:30 p.m. The setting was spectacular and the company was terrific.

    Patty and Bob are playing golf early tomorrow morning, so Doug and I will be left to amuse ourselves for a couple of hours. Maybe we will finally hit the gym. After our consumption of cheesecake and brownies tonight, we're going to need it.
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  • Day6

    Apr 7 - Jumeirah Beach

    April 7 in the United Arab Emirates

    Patty and Bob were up early to play golf. Doug and I, after breakfast, finally hit the gym. There are no restrictions on when men can use the gym on weekends. We went for a walk afterwards. Ernie Els, the PGA golfer, has a gorgeous golf course nearby with a gated community of lovely homes bordering it. We saw lots of gardening crews watering gardens.

    When Patty and Bob got back, we headed to Jumeirah Beach - a lovely 12-hectare park on the Arabian Gulf. It's got lots of children's play areas, volley ball courts and lots of food kiosks so it's very popular with families. There are also vendors in a little outdoor market selling clothing, jewelry, shoes, souvenirs and lots of other bits and pieces. We had delicious gelato while we walked. There are lovely restaurants overlooking the beach. In a few weeks, it will be just too hot to be out at the beach and this whole area will be deserted.

    From there we walked to the marina area where there are fabulous boats and some of the most expensive condos in the whole city. We watched people zip lining from the top of a nearby skyscraper down to the marina. A 30-second ride costs $200. We passed on the opportunity.

    We drove home via the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation. No surprise here - Palm Jumeirah is the world's largest artificial island. The complex has fabulous hotels, high end restaurants, a water park and very expensive condos and villas. When viewed from the air, the whole thing looks like a giant palm tree with a 2-km long trunk, 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent. It has its own monorail system, the first monorail in the Middle East.

    Two observations - first, cell phone towers here are disguised to look like giant palm trees. Secondly, designing new buildings here must be very, very challenging. All the good ideas seem to have already been used.

    We are now watching the Masters coverage from yesterday and relaxing after a very warm day of seeing the sights. Tomorrow is Patty's first day back at school after a two week break. Doug and I are probably going to do the Hop On Hop Off bus tour.
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