Playing in the Desert with Josy and Pascal
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I arrived to Dubai at 8:30 in the morning. By the time I figured out where I needed to go and got to my hotel, it was 10 am.
The cab driver was from Pakistan. He told me many of the "staff", the people that work in the Tourism industry in Dubai, and even the people you will find here are not from Dubai originally. He said this place is made up of immigrants who have come here for work opportunities. The cab driver himself has been here for 3 years. He said many of the people that come for work, get their visas through work, so they can't look for or find other employment.
I couldn't check in until 2 pm. So I hung out at Josy's room with her and Pascal. I even showered there, since Josy offered her shower.
Then at 2 we went to eat at a buffet at the Radisson. It was good. It was an international buffet, so we had rice, chicken, sushi, Indian food, and just a little bit of everything.
Then at 3 pm we went to our Desert Safari Tour. Our tour guide for this excursion was Amin. He was also from Pakistan. He took us to see a camel first. Then we went on to do some dune bashing. This is where they drive like maniacs in trucks on the sand. It was crazy. We were jumping out of our seats. I seriously felt like I was on a roller coaster.
I have to say the people we were with all day were more on the quiet side. They were not as talkative and open to talking to us as the South Africans were. I feel like South Africans were passionate about their country, and wanted to teach us history and local culture. Here our tour guides have not told us much about the culture or country. I guess that can be attributed to the fact the tour guides and cab drivers are all Pakistani.
Josy, Pascal and I had yummy tea, and great food. We took tons of pictures and enjoyed each other's company. We remembered the good ol' days when we all lived together. Josy and I also got henna tattoos (they wash away in a few days). That was cool.
Other than that, it was a relaxing day among good company.