Pretty busy day today.. we headed down to the cultural centre to check out some local history. The boys got to ride a camel - I was too scared.
We then shot over to the Grand Mosque.. it was impressive although the best part was that Denise and Ange had to put on a hijab. This new mosque was built at the direction of the previous ruler of UAE, Sheihk Zayed, who died in 2004. He wanted the mosque to be accessible to non-Muslims to promote understanding etc. His tomb is built on the site and he has a team of guys to constantly sing/ recite the Qur’an around the clock.
We had a lunch at a shopping mall with a huge indoor fountain and shot through to the public beach. This was strictly divided into two areas: single female + family area and separate area for single men. I think if you were a single man travelling to this part of the world, you would be best off to turn gay, as you probably see more action that way. Anyway, I was still quite surprised that in the female/ family section bikini's easily outnumbered one-piece outfits and there was even a g-string or two.
Well I think that's enough detail.. it was all quite interesting from a cultural perspective. I don't think I could live in this type of environment though - just far too conservative for my liking.