1st day in Dubai

Woke up way to early after very little sleep and pondered the day.  Our room rate includes breakfast which was very nice. Just what you might expect – a nice variety of Turkish foods, Western Foods lots of breads, cereal and fruits.  No one walks away hungry. They have a nice juice bar which I had a couple glasses of fresh mango juice.  The driver picked me up and we went to show site.  Did the ho hum picked up badges, parking passes and then went to take a look at the exhibit for the first time. We built what you call a disposable exhibit meaning it will get tossed after the show.  Scott my Freeman rep and I designed this booth so it is always anxious see what is on paper getting built in real life.  They are doing the final coat of paint and so far so good. Of course there are those “if I had to do again” thoughts that run through my mind on a couple of tweeks I would do over but all and all so far so good.  This afternoon and tomorrow is when we are going to be hanging graphics putting furniture groupings together,plants etc so that is when we will really see it come together.  I will post pictures once it is finally done.  We stayed at the booth for a couple of hours and then there wasn’t a whole lot left to do there.  We did a little grocery shopping and then later afternoon when to Scott’s hotel which is on the beach to catch a couple of rays.  The weather was beautiful we had lunch outside and then went down on the beach.  Scott is staying in New Dubai which is all very new and what amazed us you could look up and down the beach at all the construction that had large cranes on top of the buildings that the construction was stopped. There was a small section of new buildings that had 7 roof cranes sitting still.  You will see some of this in the pictures.  The driver also took us by the famous “sail hotel” this is the only 7 star hotel in the world.  Their seafood restaurant sits underground and they have a restaurant that sits several stories high up over the ocean.  If you want to get into the lobby to “check” it out it costs 60 Euros which is clost to $75 USD.  You have to take a hotel car from a certain point to their lobby you can’t just drive up. I heard hotel rooms here START at $2500 USD.

For dinner I went with Scott, my Honeywell friends and Umesh who owns the company that is building our exhibit. Umesh is from Bombay India and used to be a documentary film maker there who has been nominated in the past for their version of an Academy Award for his filmaking.  The government paid him to make a documentary on Dubai and he loved it so much here he went to work for an advertising agency – he then bought the agency and some of his clients asked him to get involved with their exhibits and hence his exibit division.  Umesh is a super nice guy and we really enjoy the fish restaurant called Pices with him.  He explains a lot of the local culture here in Dubai. Dubai is the most forgiving of all the 7 Emerites.  It used to be Sha Sha (I hope I am writing that correctly) it is the closest to Saudia Arabia but they turned to oil and Dubai recognized the value in tourism and they decided to become more lienent to attract the tourist dollars.  There are no liquor stores here – you have to a resident to buy liquor and you have to have a liscense. If you are muslin you will never get a liscense and the amount of alcohol that you can purchase is based on a % of your income.  So I can’t go to a store and buy a bottle of booze here. That is why they recommend that you buy at the airport in duty free before you leave your home base country.  Also homes are done on a 99 year lease. You will never own a home here especially if you are a foreigner. They don’t want xpats to own land in their country. UK uses this same system.  But they do have laws here that if a UAE citizen marries anothe UAE citizen to keep the culture pure you will be given a nice house from the government along with free taxes, electrical and water as a thank you.  Interesting eh?

Enjoy some pictures from the day.

Day light picture of the pool from my balcony

Day light picture of the pool from my balcony

Picture of new Dubai from my balcony window

Picture of new Dubai from my balcony window

Picture of my balcony

Picture of my balcony

Worlds 7 star hotel off to the left is the restaurant that looks out over the water and to the right is a helicopter pad.  Rates start at $2500 per night.  Their seafood restaurant is under the water.

Worlds 7 star hotel off to the left is the restaurant that looks out over the water and to the right is a helicopter pad. Rates start at $2500 per night. Their seafood restaurant is under the water.

Dubai  - Atlantis hotel like they have in the Bahamas

Dubai - Atlantis hotel like they have in the Bahamas

This was a construction beach community look at all the cranes that aren't moving. This is stopped construction

This was a construction beach community look at all the cranes that aren't moving. This is stopped construction

New Dubai from the beach as you can see it is right there on the beach

New Dubai from the beach as you can see it is right there on the beach

Looking another direction here are some cranes at sunset.

Looking another direction here are some cranes at sunset.

Outside Scott's hotel at Sunset

Outside Scott's hotel at Sunset

Another sunset picture - I wanted to get some of the Palm Trees in it

Another sunset picture - I wanted to get some of the Palm Trees in it

Tuck your strap in please!

Tuck your strap in please!

The above is my story for now and I am sticking to it.

Claire

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