Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Outside the old city and a short cab ride away, was Qurum Beach. We got dropped at one end and pretty much had the beach to ourselves, bar some locals and a fat, sun burnt red German couple. The beautiful beaches were fairly devoid of people whilst we were there, but unfortunately the green coloured waters were less than refreshing in the heat as they were the temperature of a warm bath
The bus back to Dubai was much like the ride over - sand, rubble, hills, lots of round-a-bouts - but a little bit more exciting at the border as a fellow passenger was refused entry to the UAE and had to be returned to the Oman border to find his own way back. With the temperature hovering at a humid 40+ degrees Celsius we didn't envy his wait in the sun.
Back at the only hostel in Dubai we managed to get a twin room, we wanted one for three nights but they wouldn't let us book it for the full time only one night. Probably so that they could kick us out if a full paying person needed the room. The room they gave us was initially lovely and cool, though this became freezing cold when we discovered we couldn't alter the temperature because there was no remote control for the air-conditioner. We actually had to sleep with all the sheets, blankets and a doona on!