Saturday, February 28, 2009
It certainly beats playing golf in the UK in February! The buggy was air-conditioned and had GPS on board showing the hole layouts and distances etc. We tee'd off at 7am which meant I had to miss out on my lie in on a Saturday - Caz said I was not entitled to moan about this as it was for pleasure reasons! It started off a very pleasant temperature and got warmer, but also windier. The wind got up so much that the atmosphere got very sandy and a bit unpleasant really. The first 9 holes were best forgotten, but the back 9 I didn't do too badly on (45 shots) - but I definitely need some more practice I reckon, so going to look for more opportunities to play.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Abu Dhabi Securities Market
This is not like any other stock exchange I have ever been in! (and I have been in a few) It has a very chilled vibe about the place, not the hustle and bustle you would expect. Guys just sitting around in big comfy leather armchairs drinking coffee - and trading $4Bn a day! I think the exchange is really the only legal gambling in UAE :-)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Some vehicles I'd like to drive down Airport Road to sort out the idiot drivers:-
Some shots of the bike display team:-
The full album:-
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I know that some Emiratis are paid very high wages for doing pretty low level jobs (and I'm talking like c£75k a year for an admin job!) so this policy is in no way going to encourage private companies to mug themselves by employing more locals than they legally have to. The Government also says:
"The new policy also stipulates that underperforming Emiratis could not be sacked but must be given more training or transferred to work more suited to their skills."
What like? Tea boy?
Debate over impact of Emirati job protection
The National - News
20 Feb 2009
Private-sector companies are more likely to employ Emiratis because of a new government policy that protects them from being laid off, a labour official said yesterday to counter claims to the contrary. Feddah Lootah, the acting director general of the...read more...
Now, she thought she'd seen it all until this week..... Outside one of the rooms, in the hospital corridor, appeared a cage with two live white doves! They were left there all day and overnight with no food or drink and a small square of astro turf. Caz felt sorry for them and sneaked a dish of water into the cage! Anyway, here's the evidence:-
I took a few pictures while I was driving about. Linked to below.
|Bahrain Pics Feb '09|
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Pictures from the trip are here:-
|Al Nayhan Grand Mosque Visit|
We took Diane back to Dubai for the rest of her stay (she was staying at the Westin, which we did have to have a "nose" at - it did look really lovely. We may have to pay a visit ourselves one day.
On the way to Dubai Caz was driving so I took the chance to snap some of the places where the motorway barriers have been demolished by reckless drivers. I missed quite a few, but I am sure you will get the idea! I guess this is about a 60-70km (c.40 miles) stretch and I managed to snap 20 places - not bad, one every two miles!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mind the gap on road to progress
The National - News
13 Feb 2009
ABU DHABI The two white 4X4s crunch to a dusty halt close to the edge of a very large hole in the ground. Two men climb out and take a few steps to the lip of the crater, three storeys deep and as wide as a football pitch. Below them is activity...read more...
Tech Tags: The National - News newspaper Page Three
Actually, no. This is on the doorstep of the Indian family who live in the maid's quarters at the back of our split villa. It's just a good luck symbol in Hindu culture, so no, they are not neo-nazis!
Oil company visit
Had an appointment at one of the oil company's offices yesterday. Got in the lift to go up and saw that they obviously change the carpet in there on a daily basis!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Here's an example...
First of all you can see that I am doing about 150kmph (93mph). The limit is 120kmph, but everyone knows that the speed cameras are set at 160kmph. So, the car ahead of me in the same lane is a Highway Police car. You will see a white car come past me in the outer fast lane, probably doing c.170-180kmph (105-111mph). You can judge from the second shot of my speedo showing nearly 160. the Police car pulls into the inside, slow lane and just let's him speed off into oblivion! Bloody useless...
A lot of the problem is that none of the Police are local Emiratis, they are mainly Lebanese, Palestinian or Sudanese. In this society all other races are inferior and to a large extent the locals can do as they please without reproach. The police dare not accuse a local of doing something for fear that "they know someone" who will get them in trouble for something "they haven't done". I know of a British girl who was hit sideways on by a car that had gone through a red light. The driver of the other car was a local lady. The police were called. The case went to court eventually and the British girl was deemed to be at fault! Justice seems to depend on where you come from.
There was also a case of an American guy who was nearly run over as a pedestrian. I guess as a reflex action he flipped his finger at the driver. Maybe not nice, but in any other country not exactly a major crime. Anyway, the car pulled over and out came 4 young Emirati lads. They tried to bribe him by asking him for a fair amount of money to not tell the police. The American, naively, decided to call the police himself under the misapprehension that they would help him. But what happened? He is arrested and ends up in jail for 3 months for making a rude gesture!
Oh well....life goes on (unless you die on the roads)
Friday, February 6, 2009
Fridays are for most of them their only day off from the 14 hour days. I took some pictures around and about the labour camps today. Most of the men were friendly, but some looked deeply suspicious as to why this white man was amongst them with a camera! A fair reaction I guess.
One thing they seem to have that is lacking in the rest of the place is a strong sense of community. We often feel somewhat isolated, but they have created a real community feel about the place, where they are "all in it together". Fridays are spent either chatting and chilling out, playing sports or going to the shops or markets.
Tomorrow, the hard graft will start again for their £25 a week!
Take a look at the pictures linked below....
|Workers Day Off|