THE SEA REBEL: Arab Oil and A Fatburger
Dwain Crum “The Sea Rebel”, was born in Pasadena, CA and a lifelong resident of Rosemead, CA. Retired after 29 years as a history teacher at Rosemead High School. Dwain is fulfilling a lifelong dream of traveling around the world.
The Pacific Princess sailed into the Persian Gulf on this cruise not to land in Iran but to visit the port of Doha and the nation of Qatar. Persia is the old name of Iran but the Iranians are not Arabs and in fact the Arab nations do not use the term Persian Gulf (much like the Koreans do not use the term Sea of Japan). In point of fact we visited three Arab Gulf Nations. Besides Qatar we visited Dubai and Oman.
Dubai is part of the U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates). Dubai has what is currently the tallest building in the world and another building which I think may well be the most beautiful in the world (and looks like a huge sail from the outside). I was fortunate enough too be able to have tea there on the 27th floor (each floor is two stories). Dubai is a nation created out of gulf oil after leaving the British Empire.
Qatar is also a nation created out of gulf oil. Like Dubai, Doha (capital of Qatar) is full of huge skyscrapers and modern buildings. It will soon be hosting the World Cup of soccer. Also, like Dubai, over 80 percent of the people in Qatar are foreigners. Yes, that number is correct, over 80 percent are foreigners. This combined with all the wealth that you see gives an almost surreal feel when you visit these countries. Dubai just bought some Lamborghini Police Cars.
Oman seemed the most Arab of the three countries. For one thing, they have a ban on tall buildings (which may not be abad thing). Secondly, the population of foreigners in Oman is “just” 50 percent. In all three nations I felt very safe and was well treated.
In Dubai, I saw a Fatburger. I like Fatburger and go to the one in Carson, CA frequently when attending L.A. galaxy games. I would have liked to tried the one in Dubai but I did not have time. Oh well, I’ll have to wait to go back to Carson when I get back to California.
The Pacific Princess then sailed to Egypt, the land of the pharoahs.
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