I think for me, this was the turning point of the trip. Thus far the scenery was mountainous and I'd fallen in love with the sunsets. The deep gorges and winding roads were awesome and I left only to complete a trip half done.
In between though, I had to leave the country and return, so I wouldn't overstay on my tourist visa. And so it was to Dubai. Apart from seeing what the hype was all about, the other reason to fly to the middle east was to revisit some family history. My dad moved moved to the less well known mid east country, Oman, in '75, and stayed untill '88.
So this trip, then was to see Dubai and the hype, but also rediscover where we lived, and where we went to school, where my folks went shopping, etc.
So I'll start with Dubai, and move to Muscat, Oman, a bit later on.
The construction of the Burj Dubai, eventually home to the worlds tallest building. Here's the finished version...
If you wanted to read in to this pic, you could say that it represents a nice blance of old and new, then you would be hopelessly wrong! This fort and its contents is really an oasis in the dessert!