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Driving around Dubai, or floating above it [Dec. 29th, 2006|10:02 am]
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I took these pictures in the last two days while driving around Dubai running errands. Then the stunning sights at the bottom greeted me when I came back from a Karachi turnaround in the afternoon.


Iranian Hospital on Wasl Road


Jumeirah Beach Road and Dubai Drydocks


Dubai Marina in Jebel Ali, as seen from the parking lot of Ibn Battuta Mall


Big dishes in Jebel Ali


This was taken from our roof yesterday after I got home from work.


This one, too. I counted 53 balloons in the sky at one time!

Hm. Henry Rollins is performing spoken word in Dubai tonight, but Don and I are about to get on a plane to London! What kind of timing is that??
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:16 pm (UTC)
Check out this month's National Geographic! I dunno, I think it's normal life most of the time. But I like it. =)
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2006-12-29 10:32 am (UTC)
amazing photos! miss you :(
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:17 pm (UTC)
Miss you, too. Wish I could have been in the O.C. for the year change (or that you were here).
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[User Picture]From: nickdangerous
2006-12-29 10:37 am (UTC)

Nice pics!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-12-29 03:15 pm (UTC)

I'd tell you the pictures were great, but you already know.

Hey, you were supposed to call me! When will you get back from London?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-12-31 07:03 am (UTC)

Re: I'd tell you the pictures were great, but you already know.

Eeek! I either didn't get that message, or was in another world when it was given to me. :/ I got home about two hours ago and am So TIRED! I'll get a nap in and give you a call.

Incidentally, I invited everyone we knew, and they all have plans! We might have to orchestrate a venue change... we'll see what happens. =)
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-12-31 08:00 am (UTC)

Re: I'd tell you the pictures were great, but you already know.

We should have you, antivert, istara, mcgillianaire and his sister, and yours truly for karaoke fun. When you call up, we can discuss how to take things from there, whether (and how) to get more people, alternative venues, etc.
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-12-31 02:46 pm (UTC)

Re: I'd tell you the pictures were great, but you already know.

You're a very, very hard person to reach. istara is sick and won't be making it, but give me a call ASAP about when we can meet. I left my temporary mobile number on your answering machine (2nd message I left, 1st one is wrong).
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[User Picture]From: bonjovigrrrl
2006-12-29 04:50 pm (UTC)
Great pictures!! Do you know what was going on with the balloons? Fascinating stuff. Makes me miss the place a good bit.

By the way, have you ever been to Perth on your travels? That's where I'll be partly when I go to Australia in February/March. Just curious what you think about it if you've been there.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:21 pm (UTC)
I've been to Perth a few times, but never ventured beyond the neighborhood where we stay (Adelaide Terrace). My impression is that it's lovely - friendly people, gorgeous weather. Typical for that island!
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From: malo23
2006-12-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
Nice pix. Sorry to hear that you'll miss Rollins. These kinds of things happen sometimes. I left Japan two weeks before David Bowie was to perform on the Outside tour back in '06. I have the show on bootleg CD, and it was one of his best (he played a number of rarely-performed songs in addition to the regular set-list -- the show was over 3 hours long). No use crying over spilt milk, though, as they say...

~m
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Your missing Bowie is a bigger deal than my missing Rollins, I think. (I know how you feel about Bowie.) We're hoping to see Roger Waters in February, either in Dubai or India...
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From: malo23
2006-12-29 04:52 pm (UTC)
P.S. Have fun in London!!!

~m
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From: istara
2006-12-29 06:51 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures - what camera did you use?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's a Fujifilm FinePix F10. I love how it does night shots, without a tripod or anything!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:22 pm (UTC)
We did!! Way too much fun!!
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[User Picture]From: riboflaven
2006-12-30 04:10 am (UTC)
It may mark me as a nerd, but I watched a documentary on the making of that sail like building in the second picture from the bottom.
I would love to travel in one of those balloons sometime.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:25 pm (UTC)
I might have seen the same Burj Al Arab documentary as you! When my parents were here, we went up to the top, and saw the undersea restaurant as well. I personally love the design. There are MASSIVE fishtanks on either side of you when you walk in - so huge you could actually miss them!
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[User Picture]From: riboflaven
2007-01-04 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hopefuly I will get a chance to see them in person :D

I like that when they first started the airconditioning for it, it caused rain clouds to form at the top. Indoor rain rocks.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-05 01:53 pm (UTC)
Trippy. =)
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[User Picture]From: revjim
2007-01-02 01:48 pm (UTC)
Those photos with the baloons are awesome.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2007-01-02 05:26 pm (UTC)
Don took some good ones I keep urging him to post. But the actual sight was stunning - SO many.
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