Ras Al Khaimah

Many people only visit Dubai, and dont really see what else the United Arab Emirates have to offer. If it had not been for me being offered a free tour with the Worlds longest zipline I probably also would have not have ventured out on the two hour drive to the city in the North.

Ras Al Khaimah is a city on the border to Oman, which is less populated and developed than Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but still just as interesting to explore.

During my stay there I got to walk the corniche, hang out at the beach and then visit the Toro Verde Zipline in the Jebel Jais mountains.

The one hour drive from RAK city center to the zipline welcoming center was a very scenic one, with serpentine roads going though a mountain landscape looking a bit like the inside of the Grand Canyon.

On the top I was given a briefing and handed out the equipment needed for the zipline. It didnt take long before signing up to the point where I was standing in a pushup position facing my head towards the 2,8kilometer line going over the mountains.

When they let go of my feet and sent me down the line, it was very intense at the beginning, but after 5-6 seconds I had reached my top speed (which they say could be anything from 150km/h to 180km/h) and after that it was a rather peaceful and enjoyable experience. At the bottom I was actually surprised to see that I was only just halfway and still had another zipline to go, which was at an up right position, before I was done.

A Revisit to the Worlds highest building when passing through Dubai again

At the end a shuttle took us up to the top again where we delivered our equipment and could have a rest with the best view before heading down to Ras Al Khaimah again.

Arabian Adventures Video

Here is a video of some of my travels this summer in the Gulf States United Arab Emirates, Qatar and a little bit from Bahrain. Mystically enough all of my videos from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and nearly all of my videos from Bahrain has disappeared from my computer, so this was pretty much all that was left and I hope it will give you a little taste of my Arabian Adventures.

A City for the Rich

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Dubai is a place where you can do anything, as long as you have the money for it. It is a city which is run by people from India, Phillipines, Pakistan and other Dubai 1foreigners but financed by the rich oil Sheikhs. In this city there is never a crane and construction worker that is free, and it is the city that has grown the fastest in the world, from being just another dessert town which was rich with oil recourses, to a city where only the best is good enough. It is the city where you can find the only seven star hotel (Burj Al Arab), the highest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the only indoor skiing slopes and shops that are open 24/7.

 

I had planned on going here on a budget, just walking around and taking pictures of everything, going windowshopping and doing couchsurfing. The reality on the other hand, was that I probably spent more money in this city than I have done on my whole trip so far. First of all, it is not possible to walk around outside in Dubai when it is at its warmest, second you have to take a taxi everywhere you go, third there are so many things that are tempting to try and buy and then like I mentioned earlier accommodation is really expensive. Dubai is a city where a lot of people have to have a stopover when going on long flights, and if possible I would reccomend anyone who goes here to stay three days, and no longer. I stayed one week, and felt that this week is the time when I learned the most about culture in my whole life, as all the people I got to know were pretty much from different countries, because the women had to dress differently, sit in different metros, people could not show emotions (showing the finger, shouting, kissing, being drunk could all result in a month of prison and deportation), I could not greet the Muslim women I met directly with e.g an handshake, everyone called me “sir” and “Mr. Augestad” and one needed to have a license from the government and the company where one worked to possess and drink alcohol in private, and it was not allowed, by law, to eat or drink anywhere where one could be observed by other people who were fasting.

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If I was to write a few keynotes to the things I did in Dubai it would be that swimming on the beach was like being in the dead sea, where the water was warm, shallow and the body would automatically float because of the high amount of salt in it, the fountain show was a nice but a little over rated, the indoor ski resort small (but it was amazing to be snowboarding in minus 3 degrees when it was 45 degrees outside), the 6 hour safari tour through the dessert is a must for people who are being there for the first time, on the monorail to the palm, one could only see appartments that all looked the same, the ride to the top of Burj Khalifa was fully booked for many days ahead, and the distances between most things was pretty big (there was no main street, or actually no shopping streets at all). It was a very special city indeed, and just like Las Vegas, I want to have a lot more money when I will come back there next time. Money is a synonym with fun in Dubai, the city which rhymes with buy.

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