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Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates


Mon.May 2.Docked in Fujairah,one of the 7 Emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates.Population about 2 million,75% of whom are foreigners working here.They get no benefits and living is expensive so they are unable to bring their families.The locals get almost everything free,housing,electricity and education.When a foreigner retires or loses his job he has to leave and receives no pension.Most of the workers are Indian.
I went on a desert safari.We were 4 in each of 25 Toyota Land Cruisers.When we arrived at the dunes our drivers deflated the tyres and off we went! It was exhilarating and somewhat hair raising.

Some of the ascents and descents were very steep and a few times I thought we'd go head over heels.I also felt sideways tip overs were imminent.A few women wore sandals and almost burned their feet on the hot sand.It was also windy as well as hot.One car was stuck on top of a dune and had to be pushed back by another car going up.It then had to find a less steep slope to come down.

The city has some tall buildings and flat arab houses.

I drank 2 ltrs of water on this trip.
Tomorrow Dubai.


permalink written by  edoyle on May 4, 2011 from Al Fujayrah, United Arab Emirates
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