Our visit to the United Arab Emirates(UAE)

Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
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Trip End Dec 04, 2013


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our 69th country on the "countries visited list"

People often think that Dubai is a country; it is not. It is a one of 7 emirates (states) that make up UAE. Today we were in Fujairah, one of the smaller emirates and the only one situated on the gulf of Oman. It has become the major oil shipping port for oil from the oil producing emirate of Abu Dhabi. We counted 45 ships at anchor off the coastline, waiting to receive oil headed to other parts of the world.

Fujairah city has a population of about 130,000 people of which 80% are expatriates. It is mountainous but also receives enough rain to grow dates and other crops. Being on the coast, fishing is also important.

Forgot to mention a few more facts about Oman from a few days ago. They said they have 40 million date trees. I wonder who counted them ? They pays no taxes. Medical is free except for a $3 PER year fee. Schooling is free, even college. Gas is cheaper than water ( also true in UAE ). Since it is predicted that the US will become an oil exporting country by 2020 I wonder if we will start receiving the these same benefits??

A miracle occurred yesterday and it was witnessed by others. As we discussed that we were nearing the end of our 21 day trip Yvonne suddenly said: "I am not ready to go home. I want to stay on-board". ( And she had not been drinking!). For a lady who once thought a 2 week cruise was a long time this has to be considered a miracle (and I fully intend to exploit it)!!!
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Ron on

Dubai was also R&R for US troops during the Iraq war. My son spent a week there and certainly liked it better then his time in Iraq. You may never cruise another cruise line again but Regent.

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