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Wednesday, 3 January 2007

UAE Part 3: Up and coming Ras al-Khaimah

So after touring Dubai, we proceeded to embark on our 120km journey northeast towards Ras al-Khaimah, another emirate in UAE, and the home of Devante's parents. Working at a college in RAK has its perks: supplied housing in the form of a brand spankin' new four bedroom house (10ft high ceilings, marble floors, 24 hour onsite gatekeeper) and free plane tickets for members of the family to visit you (Devante's brother made the trip to RAK for free all the way from Victoria).

Ras al-Khaimah is...a much quieter emirate compared to Dubai. It's just starting to develop and construction is everywhere. Its population is roughly 250,000 people. Everything is spread out in RAK. One corner could have some buildings, while right next door would be an empty desert lot. That will change as construction fever has taken over the emirate.

Here's a view from a balcony...notice the color of the complex: baby purple! Consisting of ten identical units, these houses stand out in the desert!

Here's a picture of the neighbors across the way...look at the size of this house. There are two houses there on one property.

Here's the view from just outside the gates...check out those mountains (I managed to have my camera ready and it was a clear day); feeling adventurous? Go for a climb and you'll reach Oman on the other side (there were roaming goats and camels near the mountains; that will come later):

Here's a street in RAK...notice how being in the desert means a lot of dust and sand:

Most shops have both English and Arabic. I was quite surprised at the level of English spoken in RAK. Everyone speaks English, from shopkeepers to taxi drivers (most of them are from either India or Pakistan). Say hello to Judy!

Here are some more stores...

A picture of a local waiting outside a store...the temperature in RAK was quite warm. On average, it was about 18-20 degrees Celsius--wearing shorts and a tshirt during the Christmas holidays is awesome!

...and lastly...here is a picture of Devante's dog (half Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso; she traveled all the way from Victoria via a pet transporter; she even had a stopover in Amsterdam--now that's a lucky dog!). Do you recognize her picture from anywhere? She was very happy to see both Devante, her brother and myself!


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