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- Remember the Shah's jewels? They had so much money their curtain tassles were made many threads of pearl ... each thread consisting of many 1mm pearls threaded together (drilled somehow through the middle)!
- Here is a picture of the mud and straw citadel at Bam.
- Panelbeating for all those cars that get dented in the shocking traffic.
- Eyebrow-shaping for those dense mini-forests on the brows of many men and women. In some cases, make that "brow" (singular) ... yes, one big one straight across.
- Affordable nose-jobs. We see so many men and women in posher areas displaying unashamedly their post-rhinoplasty bandages.
- the Wild Wadi water theme park ... entry for two people cost the same as one night at the hotel!
- the stunning and expensive Jumeirah Beach Hotel and its swimming pools. I must say the clientele there aren't stunning but are less than sophisticated (judging from the tasteless tatoos that they flaunt). They simply come in droves on cheap packages from countries with stronger currencies, especially when discounting is now prevalent due to the increasing heat.
Too bad no free access to the 7-star sister hotel called Burj Al Arab. Our hotel does try to get back its cheap room rate by charging about USD50 for two breakfasts ... but naturally we avoided these by shopping up large at the local supermarket.
- Many banks and bank-kiosks don't even lock their back doors!
- Two 6 year old girls hail a cab to take them to school.
- Women still cook themselves in black clothing, covering their cover their faces completely, and some even wear gloves. Compare this to Iran where about 35% of doctors and 50% of university graduates are women.
- Men still roam the streets in traditional long white outfits and sandals. There's nothing to distinguish the rich from the poor except from their watches and cars!
- A western couple got jailed for a few months for kissing (make that deep kissing) on the street. And a western businessman got jailed for a year for pinching a bottle of perfume tester. These two may be urban myths though.
We spent one night sleeping under the stars in the desert, on an overnight safari! Safari began with a very enjoyable 4WD dune-ride ... went up and down the dunes, then watched other vehicles in the convoy do the same ... that's when we realised that manouvres were steeper than they felt! One vehicle did get stuck, at which point the safari drivers' skills in orchestrating the "rescue" became very evident. They all swear by their Toyota Landcruiser. Finished off with camel rides, sand-skiing, a BBQ dinner in the desert and of course ... a belly dancer.
Off to Singapore first thing in the morning. There for one or two days with my Mum and Step-father being heading home to Auckland. Look forward to seeing those of you in Auckland.
Alex & Kimball