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12 September, 2006

Sweaty September

September is the stickiest month, breeding damp patches out of limp clothes, mixing humidity and sweat, and generally making everyone's life a clammy nightmare. So it was no surprise to note that humidity reached 98% the other day.

Such was the sticky moistness of the evening that it forced a planned al fresco drink with a visiting associate into the glacially dry interior caverns of Jebel Ali Cloob. The associate, most definitely and categorically not a member of MI6, and having no intention whatsoever to photograph the villas of various arms dealers in neighbouring emirates, warmed up by downing a traditional Arabian feast of kebabs, hummous and grilled flesh.

The great thing about Arabic food is that it always suits every occasion. Every meal comes with cold mezze and salads, perfect for summer, as well as hot grilled meat and vegetables, ideal for the wintry confines of the Cloob. You can eat what you want, there is always plenty left over.

And while Arabic food can seem a bit plain - no chilli is generally used, nor exotic truffle oils or essence of peacock tears and so on - it is the only thing ones stomach craves after a day's fasting. Good, plain, basic nourishment. With Ramadan nigh, let's hope the Indian mutton ban ends soon, lest the UAE runs out of of tasty lamb to grill.

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9 Comments:

Blogger G said...

That food sounds so good. Wish I was in Dubai right now. SD, what are good times to visit Dubai? I am planning to come between May 1st and August 31 next year, are there any events at that time? (You mentioned Summer Surprises before)

12 September, 2006 01:38  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

And all washed down with a bottle of sparkling ice-cold water.

12 September, 2006 06:24  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Those are the summer months, so it is fearsomely hot here. You won't be able to walk about much, and sitting outside even at night may not be possible.

Dubai Summer Surprises is supposedly a shopping festival, so there are discounts and stuff, as well as activities for (small) children in the shopping malls.

You will have an interesting time whenever you visit, but if you are able to come during the winter months it's usually best. The Dubai Shopping Festival (yeah - another one!) takes place then, and has Global Village which is pretty cool: huge colourful national pavilions, lots of exotic crafts (and loads of tack) and a great big fairground.

12 September, 2006 08:47  
Anonymous Ban this said...

Whoo Hooo MoL has gone Ban crazy. Come one, come all! Ban's for everyone.

12 September, 2006 09:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G try to come in spring if u want to enjoy the beach (end of march or april). In my opinion, you will not need to see the "global village"...most of the stuff is made in china and overall the whole thing looks cheap...

12 September, 2006 16:46  
Blogger flic said...

Are you implying that a member of MI6 would not down a traditional Arabian feast of kebabs, hummous and grilled flesh?

13 September, 2006 15:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't 'Indain mutton' goat meat???

13 September, 2006 20:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't 'Indain mutton' goat meat???

dunno, but the dog likes it.. looks far to fatty to actually eat?

SD, i hope you were being ironic when you praised global fuck up. it's an absolute shambles! tacky beyond belief and so poorly organised it makes etisalat look competant!

15 September, 2006 01:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Don't know what the big deal is?I was Born in the U.A.E. Saw almost all of it being made from scrap. From nothingness to everything today. Lived there for 18 years and guess what? I felt like nothing more than a genie in a bottle lost on some beach waiting to be set free. Knowing nothing better. Seeing people slaving night and day over meagre bucks not enough to support themselves let alone the families back home. Slaves with papers. The so called nationals living the dream. Rich bank accounts, nice accomodations, good cars to drive, nice clothes to wear and food to eat.The closest a so called non-national got to them was when he/she served them the food they ate. Houses full of Philipino, indian or some other mostly non-muslim marginalized minority escaping poverty in their own countries. The female workers in their houses doing everything from cooking, cleaning, taking care of children to even being sexually molested by the males in the family.

If this sounds like a great civilization to anyone they should go right away and move to Dubai, The City of Gold as they say but of heartless, money mad arabs who look down upon everyone else. Thinking of everyone else as second grade and not sharing in what is deserved to another human being. They don't give you proper wages, no pension, no permanent residency, no job protection, no freedom of expression, limited freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful association. NOTHING. sure if they need you they'll throw shit like tax free salary at you. Shit like free tickets home every year till they find someone cheaper than you or you piss 'em off so they can terminate you without process. No CITIZENSHIP even for kids born there. You call that justice. All that is good in life for your people but all else can just go to hell. It doesn't work that way,if it did then that GOD who is the heavens would not be a just ruler and HE has sworn himself to justice. So wait as i and everyone else who has lost years of their life in that perpetual oven wait for his justice!

08 October, 2006 16:37  

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