Camels - The Ships (& Milk!) of the Desert
In the UAE, you will actually never find a Camel... shocked?
What I mean to say is: they are actually Dromedaries: Dromedaries have 1 hump. Camels have 2 humps. We only say "camel" because it's shorter & easier...
I have a single hump, which is a flesh mound not supported by bones. Everyone thinks I store water, but I actually store fat.
Body length: 10 feet/3 m. Shoulder height: 6-7 feet/2 m. I weigh 1,000-1,500 pounds (450-680 kg)
I have long legs ending in 2 toes beneath which is a broad, callous & elastic pad, making it easy for me to navigate in deep sand.
My lips are thickened to withstand the coarsest of desert plants. My diet in captivity includes hay & grains. Race camels are fed dates, alpha alpha sprouts, fresh greens, barley & their diet is supplemented with vitamin & mineral supplements.
My eyes are heavily lashed for protection in sand storms & a 3rd eyelid acts as a windshield wiper, moving from side to side. A broad ridge of bone above my eyes serves as a sun visor.
My nostrils are slit-like & can close to keep the sand from getting in.
My coloration is fawn or beige & matches the environment.
I have calluses on my knees & chest for sitting down on the hot sand.
I can tolerate a rise in body temperature of 12 degrees! I am even able to drink salt water if I have too! Most animals perish when 20% of their body weight is lost, but I can survive a 40% loss of body weight.
I can drink between 60-100 litres of water in a space of 15 minutes. On average I need only to be watered every 3-4 days. With this system, I can live up to 3 weeks without water, whilst loosing 33% of my weight.
Under the same severe circumstances, a human being would loose 8% of his weight, but die within 36 hours...
I run like a giraffe with both legs on one side of the body moving simultaneously.
The resulting rocking, shuffling gait gave rise to the term *Ship of the Desert*. Arabs have always utilized almost every portion of the camel's body to keep them alive in the harsh desert environment: Tents are made of camel-hair cloth. The meat is said to be low in cholesterol & fat. Skin makes good leather. Dried bones are substituted for ivory. Dung is burned as fuel for the desert campfires. Camel milk is nutritious and low in lactose.
TIP: "Camelicious": Since 2004 we are actually able to purchase fresh Camel milk in local supermarkets. It has an extremely white colour and a slightly sweet taste. I like using it over cereal, and we also use camel milk to give to kittens/puppies, as it is lactose-free! Other selling points are:
It has less that 1/2 the fat of cow's milk.
Rich in Calcium and Vitamin C.
Perfect for people with lactose intolerance!
So go on and have a taste!
You can try jet ski if you are fancy water sport, but doesnt like to push your adrenaline.
Jet ski can be found in Garhoud creek and Jumeirah Beach. There is jet ski rental in the beach. Jet ski, swimsuit, life jacket, money to pay :)
Shop in Italy
This mall is located along Jumeira Rd, across the road from the beach. It's built to look like something from Venice, and inside can be found 'frescos', quaint bridges, little streets and signs in Italian. It's quite impressive but is a bit 'Vegas-y' - think Ceasars casino. Lots of shops for young women, including Top Shop, a cheap but great shoe store called 'Pretty Fit', Zara, Mango, Diesel, Next, Early Learning Centre, Virgn Megastore, Spinneys - a supermarket selling British and other Western expat foods, a cinema and it has a decent selection of places to eat in the food court inc. Juicy Lucy which does a great spinach and feta pie.
Open 10am-10pm, Friday 2pm-10pm Go to Spinneys if you're craving English food or to buy pork - there's a non-Muslim section. The Top Shop is small here and the selection in Dubai City Centre is better but the Mango and Zara are of decent sizes. Virgin is of a really decent size. Medium to expensive.
ONE SHOT OF JAZZ, STRAIGHT UP
This annual festival has firmly stapled itself onto the city's music calendar. First year was excellent. Second year was very, very good. The third year, they closed with Electric Light f***in' Orchestra. Okay, so the standards may be dipping beyond belief, but Dubai's International Jazz Fest is unabashedly about style over substance.
Spread out over 4 concert stages at Dubai Media City's beautiful concert grounds, the Jazz Fest just can't be beat for setting. The lawns and lakes of DMC form the perfect backdrop to the music, with the cold December-Jan weather wrapping all concert-goers in an unforgettable hug.
The festival-like atmosphere is pushed along by the food stalls, alcohol stands, promo booths and art tents lining the parameters of the grounds. Yes, it's shamelessly commercial. Yes, you don't need sales girls coming up to you with the latest perfume from Paris while you're floating from one venue to the next. But everything's forgiven everytime the breeze kicks up, and the saxophonist packs in even a half-way decent solo punch.
Now if only they could get their line-up sorted out.
Enjoy Great Food and Sheesha Amongst the Locals
Dinner at Reem Al Bawadi was great.
We allowed our waiter to assist us in ordering a variety of food including various meat and seafood dishes, in addition to hummus and other middle eastern salads.
As alcohol is not served outside of the hotel zone, almost everyone in the restaurant was smoking Sheesha, a variety of exoctic tobaccos that is smoked through a water pipe.
Marie and I chose to try Grape Tobacco that was placed in a pineapple.