Monthly Archives: November 2012

Bahrain, Manama, 23-29 November 2012

I arrived in Bahrain and everything was closed for the first 3 days, Muharram. So I wandered the streets some of which had crowds dressed in black, with people cutting themselves up and bleeding all over their white robes, I … Continue reading

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Qatar, Doha, 17-23 November 2012

Qatar, Doha, 17-23 November 2012 The time zone has gone backwards another hour so it gets dark at 1730 and once the sun goes down it gets cold. There is always a breeze blowing which keeps things pleasant during the … Continue reading

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Oman, Muscat, 10-16 November 2012

Oman, the home of Frankincense, its tree sap and has been traded for over 5000 years. Very different from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, its mountainous and with its commanding position on the Strait of Hormuz it has been a cross … Continue reading

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United Arab Emirates, Dubai, January 2011 & November 2012.

Dubai is bigger than Abu Dhabi and the infrastructure is state of the art. The Metro is one of the best, driverless trains, spotlessly clean and cheap. Again it is populated by Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos, if you see a … Continue reading

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United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, 1-5 Nov 2012

Abu Dhabi, big modern city with 8 lane roads and not a lot of traffic on them, no traffic jams here. There are 1.5 million men and 0.6 million women in this Emirate, 21% locals and 79% Immigrant workers mainly … Continue reading

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