21.09.2015 - 21.09.2015 -40 °C
Sorry for the delay in this post, the last of this trip. We were so busy on the last day in Dubai and with travelling, jet lag and catching up with all the other things that have been neglected during our 6 weeks away, I have only just got to this.
Our last day in Dubai was fantastic. An early start as we needed to take a taxi at 6:30am to get to the Els Club for our tee time of 7:30am. For those interested, the Els Club is a golf club in Dubai Sports City (a gated residential and resort development on the outskirts of the city) and it is wonderful. If you are interested, see http://www.elsclubdubai.com/index.php/golf/visitor-experience/. Everything they claim is true. The weather was fine and hot and it would not be very pleasant walking the golf course in the conditions but a golf cart, iced water available at every tee, a drinks cart always at the ready and iced towels at regular intervals around the course, it was quite acceptable. All in all, a wonderful mornings golf and a really great experience.
In the afternoon, from 4.30pm, we embarked on a Arabian Adventures "Sundowner" Tour. This tour carried out in a large fleet of Toyota LandCruisers was about as good as it gets. We accompanied 4 other Aussies in our vehicle and while I tend to avoid Australians as much as possible on our overseas trips, this was a great bunch. We talked, joked and laughed all the way and our Driver/Guide, Waqar, said he had never come across such a well matched group. The tour involved a 30-40 minute drive into the desert passing a number of serious camel farms/studs and other assorted desert enterprises and including a short visit to a man made oasis to get our photos taken with camels and see a display of falconry (quite interesting). This was followed by about 30 minutes of radical, thrilling, sand dune bashing in convoy. A bit scary at first but our driver was very skilled and it soon became apparent that he wasn't taking any risks. The safety around the whole tour was first class. At the end of this we stopped to view the sunset over the desert dunes, very beautiful and peaceful, and then travelled a short distance to another "oasis" for dinner and belly dancing. Dinner consisted of a wide variety of Arabian food including lamb and chicken cooked on wood fired barbecues, and unlimited quantities of beer, wine and soft drinks. The food was great and the beer and wine were appreciated. The journey back to the city was also fun with jokes all round including some from Waqar which lost a little in the translation but we laughed anyway. This was a wonderful night and I recommend the tour. But I think the group we were with contributed greatly to our enjoyment and others may not have had the time we did.
To those who have followed us through this blog, I thank you for doing so and hope you found it interesting.
For those who were following my Google photos album, I am sorry that I have not added to it for some time. It just hasn't been possible. But I will update it as soon as possible. The link will be as before: https://picasaweb.google.com/102388890402872979047/Europe201502?authkey=Gv1sRgCMjS8Obv46z0Fg