This was a short trip, made a whole lot shorter by the prices, yikes!
I wasn't prepared to be shelling out 165 US per night for a hotel room, even if it is
a 5 star hotel. Anyway, I high tailed it out of there in only three days. After being
in India and Nepal, UAE is unbelievably expensive. I had great difficulty in finding a
room, apparently there was a holiday in Iran and since Iranians can't party in Iran they
all go to Dubai, thus the lack of rooms. Fortunately I met up with a very nice guy from
Egypt who helped me find the room I stayed in for the next two days. However, there were
absolutely no rooms available for that night so he let me stay in his flat. What's
really interesting, and flys in the face of American paranoia about Muslims, is
that he lived in New York for six years illegally before being ratted out by a friend of
his, taken into custody by the FBI, and then interrogated for 3 months before being
deported back to Egypt with only the shirt on his back. Yet, despite all of this, he had
no problem helping an American in need in Dubai.
Sunset on the river
Duty free Ferrari
Website generated on April 4, 2004 at 16:00