Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brunch This Weekend

We're off tomorrow for a big brunch with our friends at the Jebel Ali Hotel & Spa to celebrate the weekend.  After a very busy week and a short and jet lagged weekend last weekend, I am very much looking forward to it.  For 300Dhs for adults and 150Dhs for kids, you can eat and drink as much as you want but in addition we get to make use of the hotel facilities (read pools and spas) all day.  Bargain!

And better still, its just 15mins from our house!

Speaking of our house, I should point out that Google Earth have refreshed their maps of Dubai and the UAE and our housing estate now magically appears!  Previous maps had the area half constructed and under the shadow of clouds and hence you couldnt see anything.  Now however the maps are clear, our estate is in full view and even my white Toyota is in the driveway!  In addition, Dubai shows the second palm island - Palm Jebel Ali - which is bigger than the original Palm Jumeriah but has zero building on it.  You can also see a good shot of the Burj Khalifa and you can get a good perspective as its shadow is significantly larger than any other building.

Also got an odd taste of homesickness this morning when I arrived at work and found that overnight that they had laid wood chips all over the garden beds.  There was a real strong smell of wood chips and I instantly thought of Australia... exact same smell.  I presume they're not Eucalyptus wood chips, but still...


fool said...

is 300 dhs about 80 usd?

Clay said...

The Dirham is fixed to the US$.

The exchange rate is US$1 = 3.67 Dirhams.

No idea why that number, it actually goes to a large number of decimal places.

So 300Dhs = US$81.74