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Ill winds back in the UAE....

The Oman adventure was over and only the drive back to the UAE remained, punctuated by returning to a desert environment.  Our entry back into the UAE would be via Al Ain this time and things had changed from six years ago.  After displaying passports at a border post we were instructed to park and enter a nearby building.  Here John and I received eye scans, although Mark got exempted.  The eye scan is part of a program to identify aliens who have been expelled from the UAE and attempt to get back in.  It was an interesting and painless procedure.

 

In Al Ain we enjoyed lunch at a Lebanese BBQ joint, but how odd to be back in the UAE.  The contrasts between the two countries received a serious exclamation point here.  I was struck that this diner had the separate men’s area and family area (where women or husbands with their family dine).  Although I had been disappointed that women weren’t being treated as equally in Oman as I had anticipated, the return to the UAE reinforced Oman was certainly more proactive on this front than most Arabic countries.

 

Another disparity was a bit selfish.  I relished the presentation of complimentary trays of vegetables when dining in the UAE, but only when they placed a basket brimming of olives, hot peppers and hummus on our table did I realize this had been entirely absent in Oman.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and this meal compelled me to curtail my complaints of hummus, lol.  Getting to relish the bounty of a basket overflowing with fresh vegetables was treasured...almost like coming home again, lol!

jenn79 says:
Hahaa!! oh Vance..
I really respect that, actually. I try to sneak a few, but there's nothing that ruins the moment worse than whipping out a camera and telling everyone not to touch the food so you can get a picture! But the reward (particularly if you're not there to enjoy it with!) is drooling over a photograph of it for a lifetime! =) I really hope I get to travel with you one of these days!! =)
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010
vances says:
Sorry Jenn, I just can't seem to bring myself to take pictures of my food in a restaurant...perhaps I'm a basket case???

:^)
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010
jenn79 says:
aww! no pictures of this lovely, brimming basket? =)
Posted on: Mar 14, 2010
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Ill winds back in the UAE....
Ill winds back in the UAE....
Beautiful mosque in Al Ain
Beautiful mosque in Al Ain
Great Lebanese BBQ place for lunch…
Great Lebanese BBQ place for lunc…
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