Day 26 - Tue 6 May 2003
I'd forgotten how
hot the middle east can get - and this is no 'dry' heat either - I guess the gulf feeds
the humidity. Had breakfast at the hotel, and then took an abra across the creek, but the
markets were only just setting up; Found the 'Big Bus' stop, and went to see the Saeed Al
Maktem house. Bloody hot - walked back and spotted a French supermarket (Carrefour) Got some
chocolate, flat bread, cheese and even some Pocari Sweat! Dropped off my supplies at the
Made it out to
Wafi City - a huge shopping mall on the edge of the city - it's full of expensive designer
shops. Not much of interest there for me! Caught the tourist bus, with a very irritating
guide who kept banging the rail of her bus with her ring to attract attention.
There's a huge
Fairmont hotel here, it's supposed to look like a wind tower, but it just looks like a
concrete blob to me! I saw a massive flag pole here, it's 120 metres tall!
There were a bunch
of Americas on the bus, and the guide tried to find out were they were staying, but they
refused to answer. At that point she said, 'ah, I know who your are' CIA? Nah? Special Op's? Hmmm
Tried to arrange a
trip to Hatta, but no-one seems to be running any tours - I'll see what I can do..
Also managed to
see the Dubai Museum in the old fort - very good, and got a photo of the Iranian Mosque (a
bit like the dome of the rock in Jerusalem) with beautiful patterned tiles covering the
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