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United Arab Emirates28 March 2009 - 22 April 2009

Travelogue (Oman and UAE)

Arrival in Al Ain - the oasis at the border to Oman
Staying with our great host Daniel - here with Jane and Joe
Welcome to the Arab world - banks offer ladies sections
Wearing a helmet on the toilet?
Delicious dates were found everywhere in the oasis
Al Ain oasis
Pakistani foreign workers posing for a picture
View overlooking the endless desert
Hosted by lovely Jen and Nick in Abu Dhabi
Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi
Model of the humble fishing village of Abu Dhabi before oil was found (1960)
... and Abu Dhabi today
Skyline Abu Dhabi
Corniche - lovely for some leisurely strolling
Skyscrapers shoot up next to the minarets
Even the cellphone antennas are higher than the minarets
Sheik Chalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan is keeping watch over his construction sites
Traditional henna tattoo
Emirates Palace - a luxury hotel in marble and gold
Parc of Emirates Palace
Far too many cars - lanes are used as parking lots
Delicious Lebanese dinner with Ali
Daytrip to the desert - easy with the accelerator
Too much energy
Even the lizard gets hot feet
Saltflat in the Liwa desert
Cameleer by sand buggy
Sandboarding on the dunes
Glitzy Dubai Mall
Huge aquarium at Dubai Mall
Prominent symbol of the city: Burj al Arab - supposedly a "seven star" hotel
Nightlife at Madinat Jumeirah
Burj Dubai - once finished it should be the highest building in the world
Jumeirah beach with Burj al Arab Hotel - 321 m high and in the shape of a sail
Sheikh Zayed Road with Emirates Towers and Burj Dubai
Emirates Towers
Interior of one of the many luxurious hotels
Air conditioned busstops  (outside temperature 38° C - inside temperature 28° C)
Ski Dubai - minus 4°C in the middle of the desert!
An ice rink cannot be missed in the middle of the shopping mall
Gold souk
Windtower houses
Dubai with creek - tradition and modernity
Dubai creek
Abras - wooden boat taxis
Dhaus from Iran, Pakistan and India
Having fun playing virtual tennis with Sarina and Sigi
Help! - The massage chair is going to eat me up ...
Men at work!
Dubai - one big construction site
This slogan is definately debatable
Having a good time with our lovely host Shweta in Sharjah
Dubais neighbouring city Sharjah
Sharjah by night
Sharjah is a lot more relaxed than Dubai
To the left with, to the right without irrigation
On the way to the ferryboat to Iran

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