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Women, kids, beginners and idiots

I could name this post as “68th trip to Fossil Rock” but this name should fit better as we brought several importan decisions to modify this trip. First, we decided to put steering into hands of female. Second, we decided to take with us four beginners. Third, we also decided to join baby in the team, and fourth, regarding idiots, that wasn’t our decision - nature made Gernot as he is.
I must admit that I was afraid of “female” dune riding, specially when I take into account trip to Shwaib (still not published) and pleasure that Barbara afford to us after few meters of driving…

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Luckily, this time was different. Much different. (OK, I wrote, can I get something to eat now?)
As I wrote, we had ladies drivers, and then we had drivers that never felt sand under wheels, like Volker…

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…and at the end, the youngest desert explorer in history of our desert trips.

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Very atypical for desert rally. Besides, eight cars out of which four are beginners, everything was telling me that this is going to be long session with shovel. The weather was awful: windy, sunny, hot…

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We queued in Al Aweer, this part of the road is familiar from previous trips.

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Valerie had some friends that are professionals in recording of fast attractive actions. Not any kind of recording, like those HRT employees that are recording slow Croatian football and even there they miss the best parts. Those can tape just growth of the flowers comparing to these people…

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I showed some interest for their equipment…

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…and it was peace while I was on technical details. As soon as I asked for price and availability, a rough command came from Blazer's bridge to “move from that thing and sit in the car”.

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Deflating was fast and soon we were in desert…

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First Gernot, as he was heading this time, than we, and after us the others. First break was after 25-30 minutes, and this first part passed without any problem. My captain drove perfectly.

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At the end of first section, new drivers exchanged their deep impressions. Some of them felt relief …

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…and some of them understood passing of first ten sandy kilometers as big life achievement…

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Wind was so strong that the track from previous car disappeared after several seconds, so drivers were forced to show great innovativeness…

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Then we move to more demanding area, with high dines and slopes…

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…that everybody solved without bigger problems…

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…except some that needed copilot and instructor for this action.

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Just one small incident happened, nothing serious, just to show that even Wrangler can get stuck.

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…and besides that there was nothing spectacular that we could offer to audience…

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…but we have several nice shoots: Volker’s first slope…

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or Gernot’s destroyed bumper. I told you that besides women, kids and beginners we had an idiot. At the same place where he was beaten and where he was eating sand (see post from January 6th) he climbed up the dune and fall into small bowl…

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…but I will not go into details, as you know he doesn’t like reporters (young lady is just collateral damage of his endless stupidity)

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…and at the end, he deserved this because he is a Werder fan.

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Then we continued through wadi, toward Fossil Rock…

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… and soon after we concluded that there is no sense to go further. It was late, the weather was bad, a lot of beginners… We turn our cars and went back to Dubai through combination of rain…

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…sandy walls…

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… and perfectly cleaned Emirate roads…

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We remember better trips, aren’t we?

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    This is new chapter in story about magnificent multinational metropolis in Middle East. Story started last autumn, but it was suddenly stopped when author of blog dubai.blog.hr decided to leave this interesting city. As we stay here, we will try to make Dubai closer to you.
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What is in fact Dubai?

  • If you look at the encyclopedia of Croatian Lexicographic Section, you will have totally wrong picture of Dubai: even the frequently published maps of local publisher can not follow the incredible fast city development. Almost one skyscraper per day beat all the records and tributes we paid to Croatian high-way builders.
    Dubai doubles number of living units within 5 years, and in year 2010 10 out of 20 higher world buildings will be in one street only in Dubai.
    So, Dubai was small town that can thank for it establishing to long narrow bay called Khor (Creek) due to its river-shape that goes 15 km in the desert (or sometimes desert as area around creek is now inhabited). Owner of this part of the desert, sheik from family Maktoum of Bani Yas near to Abu Dhabi, built house on entrance to this strategic important bay in order to collect money for ship entrance. Soon the trade post and market place were developed, and discovery of oil, that participate in Dubai budget with just 8%, just accelerate the idea of sheikh successor, Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, of turning a small trade town into regional center. Six out of ten independent emirates made union that we call UAE in December 1972, later followed by 7th emirate of Ras al Khaimah, while Bahrain and Qatar decided to become sovereign states. More than 7/8 of UAE area belongs to emirate of Abu Dhabi, formal capital of federation. Although it is consisted of emirates, small monarchies, UAE are federation lead by chosen President, so they are not monarchy. However, members of the Union are independent monarchies having common defense, foreign and monetary affairs, while all other aspects such as education, health system, police and social affairs are separated.
    As Abu Dhabi emirate is the biggest and it have more than 90% of oil reserves, president of Federation was Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, noble and generous man with vision. From his ancestors he get small oasis of Al Ain, in 1940’s, having just few camels and Bedouins. Al Ain is today big and developed quarter-million people city.
    Vice president of UAE and prime minister was Sheikh Rashid Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, and other sheiks shared ministry functions, leading the country toward fulfillment of right to decent life for local population, social and health protection, high education and global prosperity of the nation.
    Today their ideal in continued in work of their successor, mostly in great achievements of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 3rd son of Sheikh Rashid, that have a vision of turning Dubai into city of future. Besides first seven-star hotel, Burj-Al-Arab, and incredible conventional development Dubai builds several project that can be compared with world biggest building achievements. Miles of islands in shape of palms, islad archipelago in shape of world map, underwater hotels, new Disneyland and residential compounds with highest constructions on the world makes Dubai one of the most interested and exciting world destinations.
    Although the visitor can not see this in his first look to the city, because it is just a little bit larger than Munich, longitudinally stretched through the coast of the Gulf, with the same traffic jams like Munich due to disproportion in city growth and infrastructure reshaping.
    Dubai has approx. 1.4 million of inhabitants, of which just 16% are “locals”. Others are immigrated “working power” mostly from India and Pakistan what decrease the level of services provided in Dubai. Details will be (or were) published in posts on blog. From the other side, Dubai has other interesting characteristics: It is one of the safest cities on the world. It is not point of interest of two sides involved in conflict between Islamic fundamentalists and some western countries. Crime rate is extraordinary low, and the city is open only to rich tourists and immigrant with secured job, both after comprehensive checking and documenting.
    Dubai is tax free zone.
    Dubai is shopping center for both rich local and western tourists (including extremely rich Russians) and low class societies from southern Asia.
    Dubai is in the desert, but it has thousands of square meters under grass that is regularly watered. Dubai consumes large quantities of water, artificially produced in desalinization process. Although each water drop must be produced, in Dubai the water bill is not accompanied with additional taxes and additional costs like in Europe, and there is not VAT, so the water bill is comparable to European.
    In Dubai one liter of petrol is approx. 0.30 euro. The difference between this low price and normal European petrol portion in family budget is covered with high consimprion: distances are huge, and everyone drives 4x4 cars…
    In any case, it is all very interesting, but also very unnatural and artificial (except the surrounding environment), and the opinion about Dubai is left to your personal impression.

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