I don’t think that it is possible to show too many maps in my posts. Not everyone follows my website daily and many, if not most of you, are not exactly super familiar with the United Arab Emirates.
Maestro Andrej .. Another map of The United Arab Emirates, if you please.
Oh My! Will all of you just look at the names of the countries in the above map. You are looking at the Middle East.
I am thinking to myself .. “Captain. You are well into your 2nd month here. Don’t lose your nerve now!”
A closeup look at Dubai and environs including Ras Al Khaimah.
I was invited to attend a meeting just South of the Ras Al Khaimah area in the village of Al Hamra ..
So out and off I went with Nikki this morning, traveling up a MAJOR UAE Highway, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, also know as UAE Highway Number E 311.
Morning rush hour traffic heading into Dubai on E 311.
We were driving North and East.
It could be any of our own freeways in any of our cities.
Just like our own Interstate signs, exit numbers and the highway number.
Construction. Everywhere. It is never ending. It is amazing. It is beyond belief.
We are making progress.
There are real air quality issues from the desert dust.
Sh in the sign below stands for the word Sheikh. The word Sheikh is pronounced as SHAKE .. Like SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL.
We were in the car moving. These apartments go on and on and on.
We have arrived at our meeting site in Al Hambra. We were late. We got lost. We really got lost. Our contact person kept saying, “Come to the Al Hambra Mall.” We kept saying, “We would if we could but we are lost.” We finally worked it out as we explained what we were seeing and were told to do a U-turn and come back in the opposite direction. It took us about 10-minutes to execute a U-turn.
Some of you may be interested to see what a church of the Christian faith looks like here. They do NOT look like the churches that you see in your town in the U.S.
St. Luke’s. I wasn’t kidding you was I?
It is really a beautiful edifice.
We had eight members at our meeting. Two sat on each of the four sides of the table square.
As meetings go, it was above average. As meetings go, it was excellent. We discussed the Doctors opinion.
Did you all think that I was kidding you about construction?
Out in the absolute middle-of-nowhere ..
One truckload at a time ..
You want the middle-of-nowhere? Just look at the above photo! Study it!
It is time for lunch.
Go back quickly to the above photo. Then look below at where we ate lunch.
Gullible! I thought of you and of your Muse.
We sat at the table in the lower left below.
The white bag on the left side below is lemon to be squeezed onto the breaded fish.
Tuna and vegetables.
In round numbers call it US $70 for lunch.
RAS AL KHAIMAH HOTEL
It was amazing. It was absolutely and positively amazing that Nikki was able to find my hotel. She was on the phone with the hotel trying to explain where we were and they were trying to help us to find them.
Below are photos of my hotel here in Ras Al Khaimah. Go to the topmost floor. Go to the extreme far right. That is my room.
The lobby area.
Stop here. Think about this:
I got the least expensive room in Ras Al Khaimah that I could find online. This was the cheapest room I could get. Economy. Low rent. Lowest cost.
The room you are about to see is costing me US $66.86 for my ‘El Cheapo’ room.
My room is nice. My room is VERY NICE.
Yes. Oh Yes. I am settling into my room.
Below are photos taken from my room.
Again the view from my room.
The same view but as seen from the ground.
Well? From all appearances I think that I could live here in Ras Al Khaimah in the Northern part of the UAE.
Smiling. Smiling from ear-to-ear. Wow!
Sign me .. Your Captain ..
- NOV 11, 16 .. AL AIN, ABU DHABI EMIRATE, UAE
- NOV 13, 16 .. RAS AL KHAIMAH .. MY LOCAL SHOPPING CENTER