Friday, June 12, 2009
Over the past few weeks we've been having geography lessons in our house.
DH has had not one but two work trips to the Middle East in the past month. We now know that Dubai and Abu Dhabi are emirates or states in the country known as the United Arab Emirates. And we know that Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the UAE.We know that Doha is in another country called Qatar and that Qatar is pronounced 'cutter'. And we know that the Americans use the commercial airport in Doha as a base for their airforce planes that fly to Iraq. And we can find these countries on a map.
We've learned all about how the emirates are run
and DH has even met a Sheik. We've learnt that doing business there is quite different to how it's done in NZ. We know that if you want to have a drink in the Sheraton bar you have to show your passport. We know that women in the UAE can hold senior government roles. We know that temperatures in the Middle East at present reach in the 40s and will continue to climb over the next 2 months. We know that the tallest building in the world (the Burj) is being built in Dubai and it makes the other skyscrapers look like toys.
We've learned that DH takes some unusual photos when he is away but these give us more pleasure than the usual tourist shots.
We've been excited to learn about somewhere new.
And we're rapt that DH comes home to us tomorrow.