Posts Tagged ‘dubai’

No joke – Women only buses in Dubai!

Posted on April 8th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from sunny Dubai where ‘women only’ buses have just been announced! A far cry from the days of sexist sitcoms such as Britain’s on the buses:

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From the recently installed air conditioned bus shelters, Dubai will also become the first city in the region to introduce buses for female passengers, the Emirates news agency (WAM) reported yesterday.

“The ladies-only bus service will start on April 10 to accommodate the increasing number of female passengers,” said Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashimi, director of Planning and Business Development at the Public Transport Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said seven buses would operate on one route from Muhaisnah (near Lulu Village) to Satwa via Muraqqabat Road, Deira City Centre, Karama and World Trade Centre Interchange. The bus service will be available from 6.30 to 9am and from 4 to 8pm. Operational times will be increased subsequently.

He said that the buses would be normal RTA buses showing a sign displaying ‘women only’. The ladies-only route has been named ‘L55′. He added that they would start with male drivers but introduce female drivers if the service proved a hit. Whatever would blakey say?

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ALL comments on this initiative are welcomed right here  – is this REALLY necessary? Do tell.

When lightening strikes the World’s tallest tower, Dubai

Posted on March 30th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from a rainy, stormy and lightening riddled Dubai. It is raining cats, dogs and camels at the moment – bucketing down.

Here’s a scene from the middle of January when lightening allegedly struck the top of the 818m high Burj Dubai as we continue to run for cover:

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Image Source: Via email from a chum but originally from the site Skyscraper city.

lightening-strikes-2Thanks to Colin in Dubai who sent me these ‘striking’ images (sorry) and I’m glad I wasn’t playing golf or putting the finishing touches to the lightening rod as the rain bounces down around me. Why all these storms in the desert? Well, according to the Dubai Met office:

The period March through to May are the “Spring” months in Dubai when the temperature begins its steady climb towards the summer peaks. Average maximum temperatures rise to around 28°C in March however winter weather patterns continue to affect the area. This combination means that a more abundant supply of energy is available for the development of cloud and storms should the correct combination of meteorological features exist. March is therefore often a very changeable month when Dubai can experience a wide range of weather phenomena. This is why March has the highest expected number of rain days, six on average and up to eighteen in the past as well as the most frequent occurrence of thunderstorms. Average rainfall for the month is 21mm but has been as high as 155 mm. Temperatures have been recorded in the low 40’s °C later in the month however extreme minimum’s of 11°C have also been recorded.

So there you have it! Whoever said physics was boring?

The question is have you ever been caught in a storm or struck by lightening? Do tell and DON’T swing that golf club around in this weather! Cheers….time to light the barbie, me thinks – all comments welcome as we cook up a storm.

GO! Watch what you do in public, Dubai!

Posted on March 17th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Dubai flower folk where a list of prohibited public behaviour has just been issued by the Dubai Executive Council obliging Locals, Expatriates & visitors on respecting its Social, Cultural, Religious and customary ethics.

Spotted anything you’ve ever done in the warning sign?

Dubai is generally a very safe place to live, that is for sure – maybe this will help preserve it that way – or will it?

Playing loud music, dancing, nudity, kissing and even holding hands in public is considered inappropriate behavior under new guidelines laid down by the authorities of Dubai, according to the Arabic-language daily Al Emarat Al-Youm.

I’ve selected some of the ‘rules’ that could be put down to interpretation from the various cultures who frequent Dubai……

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Sky high farms for Dubai – A reality or Pie in the sky?

Posted on March 11th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Dubai where top quality local rag 7 days have reported on a concept of futuristic farms that could be the new face of farming in Dubai and not a tractor in sight and more chance of the SS enterprise rocking up.

Our beloved metropolis, you see, is surrounded by seawater that relies on imports for nearly all of its food. With a severe lack of natural resources, Italian architects Studiomobile have put their heads together a decided that a  Seawater Vertical Farm could be the answer to a sustainable environment as we cringe at the carbon footprint that this place kicks out.

The idea being it draws upon local resources to create a sustainable source of food for a cleaner, greener and more self-sufficient Dubai. Envisioned as a spire that branches off into soaring sky gardens (sounds like a beatles album) using seawater to create an ecosystem fit for growing crops at cloud level.

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This is no early April fools joke folks, read on….

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Success versus failure, flower? I’m redundant!

Posted on February 7th, 2009 by Jim

Hi flower people!

Jim here in Dubai having just been made redundant. No pay off, no notice and that is the way it is. That’s what smelling the flowers is all about though, right? Overcoming adversity….

‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’
                                                                                          – Winston Churchill

It could be worse – I could be dead:
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So we dust down and get back in the race, right?

Comments welcome and DO watch the Al Pacino clip above as I regroup and come to terms with cracking on.

George is freed after 140 years in captivity!

Posted on January 11th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Dubai flower smellers – George the lobster, not George Dubble-ya -freeeeeeeeeeeeeeed after 140 years in captivity!

 

George the 140 year old lobster who was the popualr mascot at a Manhattan eatery has been released back intot he ocean waters of the coast of Maine, high tailing it to freeeeedom.

Peta cordinated the release of the lobster who had spent a good deal of its life in a crowded tank – how did he miss being selected for someones lunch, I wonder?

The City Crab & seafood company, which agreed to PETA’s request that it gave the 20-pounder his liberty, yesterday said set the ancient crustacean freeeeee.

 

According to some lobster suffer a great deal of pain when cut or cooked alive, as you’d expect BUT they don’t enter a state of shock when they are hust and feel eveything right up until death. Gulp.

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GO! Stride out for 2009, flower…

Posted on January 3rd, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Doo-bye folks. Jim here photographed from a mobile phone at Emirates towers, courtesy of my pal Tom. An arty photo or just plain poor quality? I quite like it.

Any ‘must do’ stuff for 2009? I’m striding out with optimism and treating every opportunity as a time to learn.   Turning frowns upside down – my aim and the main thrust of this main blog page content here GO! Smell the flowers for 2009.

In Feb we’ll launch a newlook flowers harnessing  new Buddypress software that will give readers a chance to take the plunge and dig deeper with thie personal profiles and post photos like this.

So – what of 2009? Do tell, photography classes optional.

GO! Smell the air conditioned beach in Dubai, flower! Oh dear

Posted on December 17th, 2008 by Jim

Jim here in Doo-bye having learned today that the new Versace hotel in town is going to feature an air-conditioned beach which may defeat the purpose! Having reported on the $20 million of fireworks that recently went up in smoke (the Gulf News featured flowers in around the blogosphere by the way!) and considering the current economic downturn I do wonder what Disneyland Dubai is thinking.

A system of heat-absorbing pipes and giant wind blowers will “keep tourists cool in the searing 40-50C (104-122F) heat.” Soheil Abedian, president of Palazzo Versace hotel that will be home to the refrigerated beach, said: “We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on. This is the kind of luxury that top people want.”

OH DEAR! ‘TOP people?’ WTF (That means While Temperatures Fall, by the way, ice age etc)

The city’s continued expansion will also add to its huge carbon footprint. Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44 tons of CO2 a year.

I won’t avoid these Disney-Dubai posts but do feel a tad embarrassed as there are far more important causes were money could go that keep the pinkies of over paid and often talentless / racist expatriates who are in the right place at the right time, from burning in the sand.

Or am I being harsh? Comments welcome and pass me a cold towel per-lease. Expat Jim.

GO! Smell my skin test results!

Posted on December 4th, 2008 by Jim

Hi from Dubai! A few weeks aGO! I shared how being blessed lots of moles meant one or two would be removed from time to time. After a dodgy looking one was removed from my back by knife and another burnt off my face I shared how I decided against using Fucidin antibiotic cream opting for an alternative of Manuka honey to help my skin heal.

Well the wounds have healed nicely showing no signs of infection and sadly no photo evidence as I’ve lost the images that were taken on my new blackberry! So on with the results that came back yesterday after my mole flew over to France to GO! under the microscope to check if it was anything serious.

Here’s what I’ve been told:

‘The specimen showed lentiginous proliferative or melanocytes in the basal layer admixed with some coalascent nests.  These melanocytes were somewhat atypical with enlarged hyerchromartic nuclei. The papillary dermis was fibrotic and showed a lymphocytic inflammatory infilatrate”

EH? Say what? Try saying that after a beer.

I’m terrified to google it as I’ve no idea what it means other than I have to have my skin checked every 4 months. Is there a Doctor in the house or should I just google it? Doc told me it was ‘ nothing serious’ and it’s best to catch them early but that’s all I know.

Any thoughts or wisdom on my results people? GULP. To google it or not, that is the question! Any adivce appreciated so I can make sense of all this,

Yours vulnerably, Jim.

Has Dubai lost the plot? $30 Million on fireworks!

Posted on November 22nd, 2008 by Jim

Hi from surreal Dubai flower folk. Jim here still recovering from witnessing Nakheel’s iconic palm island development launch at The 1.5-billion-dollar “Atlantis, The Palm”. Shrugging off the global financial crisis, Dubai toasted a new luxury hotel with a 30 million dollar bash attended by film stars and sporting greats and marked by a spectacular fireworks display – talk about an alternative way to address the global recession:

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More than 2,000 world celebrities were invited to the event, which began Thursday night and continued into Friday. Among those who showed up for what the local press described as the “party of the decade” were Hollywood stars Robert de Niro, Charlize Theron, Mischa Barton and Wesley Snipes.

Other notables who walked the red carpet at the  included singers Kylie Minogue, who performed before the fireworks display, Shirley Bassey & Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and catwalk model Yasmin Le Bon.

Located at the trunk-top of the Palm Jumeirah, one of three palm-shaped islands, Atlantis occupies the entire central part of a huge breakwater and is opulence beyond anything I’ve ever seen.

Is it harsh to view Dubai as having………….

The environmental irresponsibility of Las Vegas, with the megalomaniacal social control of Disneyworld, and the government-sanctioned slave labour of India, all rolled up into a giant mess and inflated with oil money to the point of being visible from the moon.

Or am I having a bad day? How else could I sum this place up? I choose to live here and am determined to make a difference here, despite the bling and inequality around me……

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