So, is Dubai just like Missouri?! We joke in Missouri that if you don’t like the weather, just hang around a few hours and it will change – and it’s true quite a lot. One morning you’ll be running the furnace because the temps are in the teens (fahrenheit) and by afternoon, the air conditioner is coming on because it’s in the 80s!.
In Dubai this week two days ago was sunny, hot, and 98 degrees, next day was sand storm and 96 all day, and early this morning, i woke to the gentle ping of rain on the window. Not much accumulated, but the streets are flooded!
Dubai’s annual rainfall is 3.71 inches per year, with March being the second highest rainfall month of a whopping .87 of an inch (March has the most days of rain at 5) However, the past couple years, the annual has risen to nearly 5.91 inches a year. Apparently, UAE is seeding the clouds to hopefully increase the rainfall. Whether or not that is working or if this is just a natural increase we’ll never be know, though i suspect the cloud seeding enthusiasts will be claiming success!
This morning, we had planned a guided walking tour of the gold and spice souks, but could never make contact with the local company to confirm, so we hopped on the Metro inside Mall of the Emirates and just enjoyed the walk ourselves. It’s in the old part of Dubai, so a bit of history would have been helpful, but….
Few crowds maybe because it’s a weekday and it had been raining, not sure. But there were plenty of vendors in your face plying their wares. Roping you with cashmere scarves they are pushing (gently remove it and say ‘no thanks’) and an amazing number of young men stepping in front with photos on their phones of ‘purses, watches, sunglasses’ just step back here. yeah, forget about it.
I really don’t like that aggressive approach at all, but Jessica and I smile and say, ‘very pretty, no thank you.’ It really stresses Dallas though. His Aspergers kicks in high in these types of situations, so i tend to limit his exposure – it makes him cranky.
Lots of pretty things, but i have no need for gold or spices and i’m not educated enough to haggle for any of it, so i buy nothing.
Another action packed day starting with praise and worship at a local assembly – Fellowship of the Emirates. Great band, contemporary songs, good message. I don’t agree with the whole ‘easter’ thing, but there is little doubt these people love the Father. One thing these awesome outreach ministries really need to be mindful of is remembering to teach ‘repentence.’ Too many times, ministries leave that critical component out of the Good News. With over 500 people attending this 9am service and more expected at the 11am service, there is quite a movement of diverse cultures and people all worshiping together, bringing together all age groups and backgrounds. I would not be surprised if nearly every country in the world was represented in this one serivce.
Safa Park was our next stop after church and dropping off Jessica’s friend Deseret at her apartment. Although touted as a complete escape from Dubai, it is right down town and surrounded by traffic noise, but it is large and lots of greenery, handcraft vendors, and of course delicious food!
Resting up for our big afternoon and evening adventure with Platinum Heritage Desert Tours. Don’t even hesitate to book the tour of your choice – totally impressed with this outfit! Our driver/tour guide/waiter Ericson is a perfect host and our travel mates from Lisbon were fun! There are several tours from which to choose, we experienced the Evening Desert Safari Dubai. Definitely book in advance, they fill spots quickly.
The evening ends in saying goodbye to our guide and new friends from Lisbon, Portugal.