how hot is it?

It’s so hot—anything and everything you can think of can be delivered to you: from pharmacy items to furniture, food, clothes…. office, plant, patio, pet supplies—if there’s a store, they deliver their stuff.

Because, let the delivery guy deal with the heat.

So, hello, Caribou Coffee. Two drinks, please.

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Plus, it’s Ramadan. Those celebrating cannot eat or drink anything (including water) at all during the daylight fasting hours, and no one can eat or drink anything (including water, gum, cough drops) in public without risking arrest, or worse—until Iftar arrives (sunset & breaking of the fast). (Also, no smoking during daylight for those celebrating. And no daytime smoking in public for those not.)

There are a few Western-centric restaurants that cover their doors & windows with black curtains—as not to offend anyone walking by. Other restaurants, cafes, etc, are only open for take-away or delivery. The rest of the restaurants are closed during the day, and reopen at Iftar with a buffet feast.

To answer the question, it’s a cool 102F/39C—with 42% humidity, bringing the heat index to 118F/48C—still walkable weather, especially to Caribou, which is down 27 flights from our apartment, exit our building, cross the bridge over the canal to the corner cafe, and stumble in for caffeine. Cool off, come home.

But, sometimes hot = lazy.

 

 

 

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is dubai really obsessed with cars?

The obsession with cars extends beyond make to model: a special-edition/limited-run* will set you much further apart from the frequently-seen-off-the-show-room-floor Lamborghini or Maserati. The other way to show your wealth is to purchase a vanity plate. Not like SWAGGA or M3TA4…but like this, quoting wiki:

“In the United Arab Emirates, regular number plates consist of five digits and one optional character (depending on the emirate). So-called “distinguished plates” have a special combination of digits (12345, 55555, etc.) or less than five digits and are sold at public auctions, the profit of which is used for charities. Very low numbers fetch very high prices, the record being the number 1 plate from Abu Dhabi, sold for 52.2 million Dirhams (14 million US dollars). In Dubai, plate number one (without additional letter) is registered to the car of Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai.”

At the Middle East Film & Comic Con (future post, coming soon) we saw this. All the kids were taking pix. I thought, wow, they like orange.

Then Alfredo explained the significance of the number: ’77 was the year Star Wars came out. Oh, and that thing about it being a 2-digit plate.

v77dubaiplate

The Metro & the main highway—E11 Sheik Zayed Road—creates a spine up the “west” side of Dubai. To get anywhere, really, requires a vehicle. Nobody walks in Dubai.

*Like this:

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