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Old 08-30-2013, 09:59 PM   #5536
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Crazy ADV riders everywhere Meeting up later tonight with Reef!! Very cool.

OK off to explore the city in the desert! Big building and shopping malls.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:00 PM   #5537
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Did they have a full flight and offer a credit or cash for you to "bump" to the next flight?
NAh..... Just decided that since the flight was coming through here, it would be a chance to explore a new place. Staying upscale and enjoying the experience for a couple days while my bike ships to Cape Town.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #5538
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Good stuff Mark. Are you going to grace us with your presence on your way to Africa? Wetfest is next weekend.... just sayin...
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:45 AM   #5539
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hey mark how did you find the service from bikesabroad. we are looking to use them next year when we ship our bikes from nz to oz for five weeks.cheers foggyred
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:58 AM   #5540
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Good stuff Mark. Are you going to grace us with your presence on your way to Africa? Wetfest is next weekend.... just sayin...
Nope direct to Cape Town from here. Have fun
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:01 AM   #5541
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hey mark how did you find the service from bikesabroad. we are looking to use them next year when we ship our bikes from nz to oz for five weeks.cheers foggyred
Bikesabroad.com.au have been very good to me. Made the process very easy and straight forward. Crated my bikes myself at the dealers, then Peter or Ivan arranged cartage to airport/customs and I picked up at a depot in Sydney or I will in Cape Town. I had a very good experience with them Peter is specialized in sea Freight and Ivan does Air and sea. All is well.
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:08 PM   #5542
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:07 PM   #5543
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:58 AM   #5544
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:58 AM   #5545
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:33 AM   #5546
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Dubai

After arriving late into Dubai, got a cab to hotel. Awoke to my first day views of the city.

Just a little detour. But flying Emirates, that is the hub so my flight was going to come here anyway.



checked out the pool.



Had to get the spot updated and read about what to see and do.



Weather will be hot for my couple day visit!



So I had a plan and was going to get the Big Tour Bus that did a hop on hop around the big sights in the city. Then I spoke with concierge, and he said for the same price I can have my own driver from the hotel take me around.... Since I was only coming to Dubai for a couple days .... it is a quick sightseeing trip, I stayed at a nicer hotel in town. Living Large for two days.

So off we went. Lots of Mosques to see.



and of course the Iconic building and hotels all around town. The wealth and Luxury here is amazing.



Burj al Arab 7 star Luxury (cannot go in, if you are not staying!) Bit too much for me



but a look into some of the other 5 star hotels at this end of town.





The hotels are amazing. this is looking up. The artwork, design and architecture
is luxury and over the top.





Lots of Marble and tile work





Just a very interesting city to visit.





and of course the cars.







Building of all shapes and construction





and painted ceiling...



But of course there were things that make you laugh. Only here.



I am not interested in shopping .... But the Huge Shopping Malls are big here. So I had to go to one.





But wanted to see this..



Winterland in the desert



Thought about skiing, but after growing up in PNW.... it would not be a challenge .... just a novelty.



and more cars



What is amazing is all the western companies that have shops here.



Being in a Muslim country. There are rules to follow.



fortunately, everything is also in English



Then the Worlds Tallest building. Saw something that said it is 2 times the size of the Empire state building. You can go up to the 126th floor.... but I did not book head so it was $125 ticket





The leaders of Dubai



Then the markets. Here is the Gold Souks



The daily rate of Gold posted.



More that the eyes can handle







and in the markets... lots of vendors trying to draw me in to hold onto the products, by watches, cloths etc.

Long day seeing the city.



But Shane (Reefdog) contacted me and came to the hotel to pick me up. He invited me for dinner and drinks! He's a "Helo Driver" and rides an F800GS! Has ridden in Iran and other places!



His wife Alex cooked a lovely meal. Thanks Shane and Alex for the evening out!

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:58 AM   #5547
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:00 AM   #5548
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Excellent Mark! thoroughly enjoyed taking the tour with you i.e. sharing the seldom seen places. That place does indeed have wealth beyond believe; guess they like GOLD.

I really liked this particular piece of architecture



amazing. Good place to acclimate to the weather of Africa.


I think we all contribute to the building of UAE every time we fill up

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:05 AM   #5549
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Long day seeing the city.

It's so hot there they have two suns.........
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #5550
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Wow - very cool to see a place I hear so much about, but don't actually know anyone who has even been to Dubai. Thanks for sharing - looking forward to your Africa ride. Safe travels!
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