Wanderlust…

The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

Dubai the best place on earth???

Posted by vmsalama on June 29, 2008

Switching gears a bit, a friend of mine sent me the following email and I thought it was hilarious, especially seeing as my sun glasses fogged up today when I stepped out of my car and into the steamy summer heat. It is H-O-T here.  Every time I comment on the heat to one of the Emirati locals, he looks at me with pity as though to say “aren’t you cute – you call this heat.”  I’m screwed.  Today’s temps, a toasty 98F (39C)…. child’s play next to the 104F degree weather I “enjoyed” in Muscat, Oman last week!!  The air is MOIST – humidity levels are around a million.  It’s going to be a long, painful summer.  

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This following extract is taken from a New Yorker who moved to Dubai recently…
April 30th:
Just got transferred to work and live in beautiful Dubai , UAE!
WOW!!!
Now this is a city that knows how to live!!! Beautiful sunny days  and warm balmy evenings. It’s like New York City minus all the crooks, murderers, and drunks. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on my beautiful bedroom verandah. It was beautiful. I’ve finally  found my home. I love it here  

May 13th:
Really heating up. Got to 95 degrees today. Not a problem. Live in an air- conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car, and  everything is fully air-conditioned. What pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I’m turning into a sun worshiper.

May 30th:
Had the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today around our lovely pool. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it  here.
Heat is no problem at all.

June 10th:
The temperature hasn’t been below 95 all week even during the night. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it’s  kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th:
Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 90% of my body.
Missed 5 days of work. What a dumb thing to do in this lovely city. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect th ol’ sun in a climate like this.
July 20th:
Kitty (our cat) sneaked into the car when I left for the office. By the time I got to the hot car for my lunch break, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $60,000 Audi. I told the kids that she ran away. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat sh*t. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat.
July 25th:
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant f**king hair dryer in here!!!  And it’s hot as hell. The home air-conditioner died. The f**king AC repairman charged 500 Dirhams just to drive over and tell me it  was broken in f**king Hindu English or some language that I couldn’t understand.
July 30th:
Air conditioner still broken Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now because it is 7000 f**king degrees inside. Bloody 2,000,000 Dirhams house and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
F**k the sun. F**k the wind. F**k the freakin’ ocean.  

August 4th:
It’s 114 f**king degrees today. Finally got the ol’ air-conditioner fixed. It cost 2,000 fucking Dirhams and got the temperature down to 25, but the f**king humidity makes the house feel 30 f**king Dubai degrees. Stupid terrorist repairman. I hate this stupid f**king place.

August 8th:
If another local wiseass cracks, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ I’m going to f**king whack him all the way back to his goddamn desert. F**king Dubai; by the time I get to work with all that f**king traffic and heat, the car’s radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like a baked cat!!!

August 9th:
Tried to run some errands today because it is f**king Friday.  Wore shorts and sat on the black leather seats in my Audi. The seat was so f**king hot I thought my ass was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my ass. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass, and a baked cat.
August 10th:
The weather report might as well be a recording. Hot, humid and f**king sunny. It’s been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman dude wearing the white tablecloth on TV says it might really warm up next week. Does it ever rain in this damn f**king place? What is next, a hell freezing over wave?  

August 14th:
WELCOME TO HELL!!! Temperature got to 120 today. Now the air-conditioner’s gone in my Audi. The Audi serviceman said, ‘Hot enough for you today?’ F**k him and f**k Audi. My wife had to spend the 7,000 Dirham to bail my ass out of jail for assaulting that stupid bastard. What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live in this s**t hole?

August 15th:
F**k this place. I’m off back to New York!!!
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One Response to “Dubai the best place on earth???”

  1. PH Test said

    when using hair dryers, it would be better to use those low wattage types because they are not very damaging to the hair *.`

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