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Katie at Tripbase has put together a fun, new blog challenge to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again. And how to do this? Details are over at Tripbase [...]

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Carnival of Cities for 1 June 2011 – from Abu Dhabi to Athens

Welcome! I’m happy to host this edition of the Carnival of Cities. After publishing the 18 May 2011 edition on Perceptive Travel Blog, Sheila Scarborough handed the baton to me. Without further ado, here’s a virtual tour of some of the world’s wonderful cities. Travel bloggers from around the globe presents:   Cities in the [...]

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Fujairah, the friendly emirate

Some of the seven emirates we quite liked, others less so. I’m happy to finish this series with Fujairah, the friendly emirate.

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Abu Dhabi, the affluent emirate

Abu Dhabi holds a whopping 9 % of the world’s oil reserves, is the richest city on earth, safe, green, clean and, dare I say it, a wee bit…

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Sharjah, the energetic emirate

Between Ajman and Dubai lies Sharjah, the third largest emirate – and perhaps the third best known, as well. Sharjah is also the most conservative emirate: alcohol is completely forbidden, dress codes are strict and no mixing of men and women if unwed. Not even a sheesha cafe to be found. Lively Sharjah Despite those [...]

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Ajman, the anonymous emirate

With a quarter of a million people, Ajman wasn’t as tiny as I somehow had expected. Also, it seemed much more affluent than I had expected. I suppose that says more about my expectations.

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Umm al-Quwain, the unsung emirate

Going south after our failed Musandam venture, our driver (you know, the one who had forgotten his passport) tried to persuade us to go directly from Ras al-Khaimah to Ajman, and give Umm al-Quwain a miss. But in my quest to see every single emirate, that simply would not do. He finally caved. The reason [...]

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