Surprising Dubai

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Before I came to Dubai I’d  imagined it to be all glitz and fast cars (of which there an inordinate amount admittedly) and shopping malls.  But there are inklings of the way Dubai was 50 years ago.  The Dubai you see today has been created in that time mainly by the vision and drive of its ruler Sheikh Mohammed.
Surprisingly Dubai has no oil reserves so the local economy is very much based on trade and tourism.
Parts of Dubai are surprisingly green and so long as plants are watered they grow like mad despite the sand, due to  the high number of sunshine hours.  Areas  such as Arabian Ranches where we stayed are bordering on lush.  And yes they really do have penguins at the aquarium.
Dubai is great.  It’s the best place imaginable for people watching as every nationality in the world is represented here and they all visit the malls.  All you need do is stop for a coffee and you’re entertained for hours. There’s a lot more to Dubai than shopping and I’d definitely come back.  It was brilliant.    A big thanks to Sue for her hospitality and Hameed for a great day at Hatta.

Leaving

Leaving

So here we are on the big adventure waiting at Sydney airport to depart for Dubai.   Despite this being our big adventure I feel incredibly poignant about leaving all our wonderful friends.   Big thanks to Claire, Kay and Roger, Lizzie and John, Murray and Sandra and everyone else who put in epic efforts to help us get away after Jeff hurt his back.   Your help was much appreciated.   Wish that I could take you all with me.   And finally in memory of Ron who passed away last night.  Too young.   Which is why we’re grabbing life with both hands now.