15 December 2010
Dubai Back To Muscat
Here we are back in Fujairah – on the East Coast of The United Arab Emirates. It is their 39th National Day and we will now have four days of ‘party time’!!!! They – the locals - start about 3.00pm driving up and down the Corniche with their cars all decorated up in flags, and some have bits of cloth the colours of their flag draped all over the cars, transfers of the different leaders stuck all over their cars along with stars and even more flags, then, tooting horns, backfiring their cars like a machine gun going off, screeching tyres and making as much noise as possible is the norm. There are bodies hanging out the windows, the favourite is to sit on the roof of the car with their legs in the windows, or sit with their legs in the sun roof, carrying a can of spray foam which you aim in the window of the car you are passing, preferable at the driver. If that misses then you jump from your moving car and run up and spray it in the window then clamber back onto your car. This is all happening on a four lane road. Very much like being at the circus!! The road is crammed with cars so they are not moving at too fast a pace. This will carry on till about 3.00am!!! and yes, the Marina is right on the Corniche!! I can now see why boats were pulling out for the long weekend as we arrived in here. Oh and to top all of this off, National Day co-insides with the Muslim New Year so there is a big fireworks display included in all this huge chaotic festivity.
It was on to another lovely bay the next night, and then on into Fujairah to check out of the United Arab Emirates. Brigitte had to return to Dubai to work. Hospitality in Fujairah has surpassed any other marina in this area. They are very welcoming to yachts and will do anything they can for you. To other yachties who wonder about coming to this part of the world. We highly recommend it. It is a very safe place to leave your boat as we did over the summer, and also very a reasonable price . Haitham Kamal – the club’s Executive Secretary will take good care of you and he made checking in and out a breeze. Major Ahmed Ibrahim Boloushi – the Managing Director also took a personal interest in our needs and could not do enough for us. There is a very clean shower and toilet block and a wonderful club where meals are five star and very reasonably priced. Also shopping for supplies is very good. We spent eight days there and on our last night the Major invited us to dinner at the club. It was lovely as Brigitte was able to return from Dubai to spend the last day with us.
Much love from