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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...

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Day7

    Match Day 3

    February 16, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Today's match was played at the famed Sharjah Stadium on an international size/standard field. Captain Arman Khan chose to bat on a lovely track, but The Academy opener, Ross Hegginbottom, was dismissed for a 12 ball duck. While Fayz Siddiqui and Ruiaridh Russell attempted to resume normal order, the batting team were left reeling at 35 for 1 after the first 10 overs. However, Siddiqui gifted his wicket after scoring 9 off 17, and Russell departed to a misjudged delivery, to leave The Glasgow Academy struggling with 60 for 3 at the halfway mark of 15 overs. Enter John Oliver and Arman Khan, who fought to rebuild and leave a platform for our ruthless middle order to up the scoring rate. Things took an unfortunate twist at this point, when Arman Khan (11 off 14) pulled a muscle rendering him unable to bowl or bat for the rest of the game. Similarly, Oliver had to depart again after a patiently constructed 28 off 36 to an outstanding catch at backward point. However Jamie Percival (21 off 25) and Adam McMurray (17 off 9) took the score into their stride to produce a respectable 145 for 6 in 30 overs. Our usual middle order blaster Callum Bell could not repeat his previous feats when he fell for a first ball duck. As with the previous game, fielding was spectacular. Under the floodlights, temporary captain John Oliver opened with a brilliant spell of fast bowling full of finesse and swing to produce outstanding figures of 6-0-30-3. At the other end Ruiaridh Russell maintained the pressure (4-0-32-0) but was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Jamie Percival took over from Ruiaridh and produced a wicket. He bowled a very short delivery, deserving of at least 4 runs through deep midwicket, but John Oliver had different ideas. With a flying, diving, jumping effort, he managed to bag his second stunning catch of this tour. Eventually, one by one, wickets were collected by Percival and Greg MacMillan (4-0-24-1). However, to win this game, a stroke of brilliance was required. The next section of this narrative only attempts to recollect the superhuman ability and determination of one player. John Oliver collected a hard hit shot at the midwicket boundary (international size boundary of the stadium) rolled over on his shoulder and knocked over the stumps to produce a direct hit I am privileged to have witnessed. It is not so much the physical prowess as the hunger to win, the desire for victory that impressed all eyewitnesses. Therefore, the game was held in fine balance, but a 57 run 8th wicket stand brought the two sides' scores level. At this point Adam McMurray bowled a delivery which would whirl a few kilometres above Adnan Iqbal at long on. With a look of fear, Iqbal took the catch. The next ball, the opposition chased down the target and won by two wickets. But Adnan's catch, Oliver's brilliance, Percival's calm strokeplay and Khan's determination to lead his side on the field meant that this was a day to remember. As a squad, the improvements are beginning to make vast differences to the score lines. Now to our last game in the same stadium against their very own eleven.Read more

  • Day3

    Match day 1

    February 12, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Following the breakfast, we set out for Al Dhaid Cricket Village. The match was played with a desert and a couple of camels in the backdrop. After a good first innings score of 195/6 (Siddiqui 42(33) and A.Khan 38(68)), we unfortunately lost the game by ten wickets. Nevertheless, many lessons were learnt and the game was thoroughly enjoyed and played in high spirits. Now off to dinner!

  • Day6

    The ICC Cricket Academy

    February 15, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Yesterday's glorious victory was followed up with a lovely dinner and McDonalds' ice creams. After the morning's gym-swim session where MOST people attended, and another brilliant breakfast, we went to visit the ICC Cricket Academy. We were treated to a tour of the wonderful facilities and even watched Kent and Essex training. Now we are getting prepared for our penultimate game against the Mercedez Benz XI!Read more

  • Day9

    Arrived at Anantara Palm Dubai

    August 14 in the United Arab Emirates

    Arrived and after a great Dinner bathing in Night Time is a great experience. Outside temperature is still 36. Good to be back again. Have exact the same room as 1 year ago as requested.

    Wir sind angekommen und nach einem tollen Abendessen nachts noch zu baden ist einfach ein tolles Erlebnis. Die Außentemperaturen sind immernoch bei ca. 36 Grad. Es ist ein tolles Gefühl wieder hier zu sein. Wie haben genau dasselbe Zimmer wie vor einem Jahr wie wir es zuvor beim Hotel angefragt hatten.Read more

  • Day2

    PSL and our First Night in Dubai

    February 11, 2016 in the United Arab Emirates

    Following a 'gruelling' pool session we set off to watch 2 Pakistan Super League matches. Between them, we were treated to a brilliant dinner as well as frequent snacks and drinks. On the downside, we were also treated to some rather horrendous music on the 60-90 minute bus journey to the stadium and back. This really needs some work; anyhow, onwards and upwards to our first game tomorrow preceded by a gym-swim session!Read more

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