Day 79–Fri., Mar. 25, 2011–Dubai, UAE

     On December 2, 1971, Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and five other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates after former protector Britain left the Persian Gulf.  In 1973, Dubai joined the other emirates to adopt a single, uniform currency:  the United Arab Emirates dirham.  The current ruler of Dubai is H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  Like the preceding ruler, his older brother, he is also the Vice President and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.  There has been a boat on watch in the harbor day and night.

     Ray wanted to play golf today, but it is the week-end for locals and he couldn’t get a tee time until 2 pm and it would have been too hot.  All the souqs were closed until 4 pm, so we took the ship shuttle to a mall.  The only thing we brought back was dessert.  It was a very modern mall.  They were having a special display of hats.  I didn’t get the price of the T-shirt held together with safety pins.

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We enjoyed our time in Dubai.

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Ray’s Thoughts:  “Dubai is a city of awe and wonder, from the amazing design of the buildings to the old town with its spice and gold souqs.  I have never seen so much gold in one area.  The malls are magnificent — with ski slopes, an ice skating rink and a huge aquarium, built on what was once a desert.  Unbelievable.  Dubai has very little crime, is very clean and people of all religions get along.  There is no tolerance for drunk driving.  They don’t slap you on the wrist or fine you.  They throw you out of the country forever.  This city catapults to near the top of my 10 best cities in the world.”

     Tonight our entertainment was multi-instrumentalist Kuba.  We bought his CD, he plays mainly on the vibraphone.  We have seen him before.  Excellent.

Negotiation seems like dancing the Tango, two steps forward, two steps back and suddenly three surprising steps forward.”  -Margot Wallstrom-

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