Travelogue 4, Driving back to Dubai

 

Back home of the cooler temperatures of Norway, the trip to the Emirates seems like but a distant memory. OMG it is really cold today, today April 12, 2013 it is snowing and the wind is howling outside

When we left Fujairah to go back to Dubai for shopping and sightseeing the temperature in the car showed 38 degrees Celsius and yes we had the AC on.

The landscape on the stretch between Fujairah and Dubai was quite barren, but there were a few patches of green especially along the wadis, the dried up riverbeds.

The landscape around Fujairah the eastern part of the Emitates was mountainous compared to Dubai situated on the west. The landscape got more sandy as we got closer to the eastern shore.

It was interesting to see how the color of the landscape changed from grey to reddish, then grey again and finally golden.

The golden sand of the desert telling us that we are getting close to our destination.

One of the nice thing about the climate here is that it is dry even though it get quite hot, you do not have the humidity that makes you feel that you sweat liters of fluid and makes your clothes stick to you.

Along the way we saw pipes that probably something for the oil industry.

In Norway we have signs that tell us that there might be elk crossing, here camels strolling roadside.

There wasn’t much to see on the road except for a few animals, rocks, sand and a lot of housing developments. The houses being built was huge mansions and reflecting the wealth of the area.

Fujairah is more a smaller resort town compared to Dubai with a few high risers and still many buildings under construction. As you got closer to Dubai you could see a different type of city, a metropolis. The city was huge and wast and the city was bustling with life. My aim for this trip was The Dubai Mall, a mall I have only read about, a mall with amusement park, ice rink, movie theaters, a huge indoor aquarium and much more specially shopping.

We just strolled around, visited the aquarium and did some shopping. It would take days in order to see all of the mall. I must admit it was a little overwhelming and I did not know where to start. If I had a few more days and a inexhaustible bank account I would have gone amok, but this time I just bought a few things for the kiddies.

Travelogue 3, driving around Fujairah

We took a little road trip around the area today a little break from our poolside lounging.

We hopped in the car and drove north an the first stop was the port of Khor Fakkan, where we found a small fish market. A foodie like me had to go inside and .

Even though the market was fairly small, there was quite a selection of seafood there, fish that you normally won’t see at the fish counter at the norwegian stores.

There were small sharks on display and something they call Hamour fish, which we often found on menus here. Hamour is a type of grouper and a very popular fish in Hong Kong I recall from my time there but there they called it Garupa. In the midst of the market hall, there was a sunken atrium, where shoppers could get their fish or other purchases gutted and cleaned. In the picture above some one is getting their prawns shelled and cleaned.

There was fruit and vegetable market, but not much exiting there. I got a Coca Cola light, the can designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Did the beverage taste any better, nah and did not improve my style much either 😀

We hit the road again and drove past an odd structure, “Stop stop what is that?” and hubby had to turn around and drive back. It turned out to be an old mosque, Al Bidiyah from 1446. The mosque is unlike the typical mosques of the region, built with four vaults and a central pillar that is holding the structure up. Since we were there we had to go and look inside, but I was not properly dressed and could not enter without an abaya to see the holy place.

MiniMe had observed a man in a local attire (white robe and head dress) up by the watch towers and started running, she wanted to go and see Jesus man, not to be confused with Jesus because that is another person she has learned about in kindergarten. It is not always easy to explaine yourself when you are five.

Here is the view from the watch tower and the white robed guy was long gone by the time we got there. Phu, a god thing too, how would I explain a little girls enthusiasm to see a jesus man. Not to offend anyone but they have talked a little bit about religion in kindergarten the past few months about Christmas and Easter and Jesus is always portrayed in a white long garment

Out of the black get up and on the road again we drove past lots of road work and the roads are really nice compared to Norway and specially with all the oil being pumped in and filling up in our governments coffers.

Drove past this road sign “For family only”, strange, but someone suggested that it was ment to indicate that there was a beach area where family’s could enjoy themselves.

We drove past Wadis, dried up river beds where water has caused significant erosion due porous ground. We were tipped that it was really nice to go hiking in the wadis, but you had to watch out for flash floods, but I do not think there is any reason to worry in the dry season.

The little ones got really tired from driving around and dosed off in the back seat, but mummy had to stop one more place and it was the fruit and vegetable market in Masafi up in the mountain pass between Dibba and FujairahThe last thing I heard when I jumped out of the car was ” Don’t buy to much, remember we are leaving soon”