S: Adventure in the Middle East
FC: Adventure in the Middle East | Catherine Wyllie Port Kennedy Western Australia | Saudi Arabia
1: Made with love by Robyn and Tiffany Christmas 2011 | Made
2: Aboard the Emirates Flight EK 421 to Dubai | Leaving from Perth Airport....
3: We had a three hour layover in Dubai Airport which we were lucky to spend in the comfortable Emirates Lounge
4: 560 Abu Ali Lane Dhahran | Sandy and Robyn's townhouse in Saudi Arabia | our home
5: Mum - as you have never seen her! Licking out the very big pot used to make Scottish tablet for a home movie night.
6: Mmm........a hot chocolate and cinnamon buns at Dhahran Mall
7: FInally! The last jigsaw piece goes in.
8: A wheel rim makes a great great for a backyard 'cookout'
9: Mmmm - marshmallows and s'mores
10: On 28th January 2010 Alec Wyllie began his new life. A year later we remembered you as we went to church together on Friday which is the Sbbath here in the Middle East (we meet in the high school band room). Sandy wore the clan tie and Verity - the Gunn tartan dress she made with the Tam o' Shanter you gave her, as a tribute to you. | 1 Oct 1925 - 28 Jan 2010
11: No visit to Saudi Arabia would be complete without a trip to the colourful local souks in downtown Al Khobar. | We had fun trying on the colourful pashminas and Arabic headgear.
12: Gran and Verity having lunch at Cafe Najar, Dhahran.
13: Dhahran Hills Park | Master T. &Miss K.Wyllie Port Kennedy Western Australia 6172 | Dear Teikei and Keelani, I think you would love the park here. Love from GreatGran 0X 0X | It wasn't as peaceful as it looks.The fighter jets were practising their manoeuvres very noisily overhead.
14: We caught the bus to travel up the coast to Ras Tanura - another Aramco city/compound north of Dhahran | So 'at home' by the sea | The 'Surf House'
15: Wednesday night is shawarma night.... | Shawarma - a Middle Eastern sandwich-like wrap of shaved chicken, lamb or meat. 1. Place meat on a spit and grill - all day 2. Shave meat and place on pita bread with tomato, cucumber, onion lettuce and garlic or hot sauce. * The word Shawarma comes from the Turkish word for "turning". It is called a doner kebab in Turkey | Most Wednesdays we walk to the local snack bar where there is an outside barbeque area. There is a shawarma stand, a stir fry cook and a man making "mutabbaqs". The word means "folded" in Arabic and is a crepe-like pancake which can be savoury or sweet. We sometimes have one with sliced banana and honey. Mmmm! After the barbeque we went line dancing.
16: So many things to buy at the Qatif markets - most of them bras! | 'M' is for Moooo! | Qatif | Dhahran | Jubail | Sandy has been studying the mangroves in the Qatif area so we hired a driver for a field trip - taking in the local attractions on the way.
17: Dhows at low tide | Oldtown Tarut with fort (below) | Tarut Island
18: Ali the fishmonger brings fresh hamour and shrimp. He cleans and fillets 'on site' so you get to meet the fish.
19: Half Moon Bay | We watched the sunset as we ate dinner.
20: Sweet little rounds of buttery perfection. | Watching Mum make shortbread.....
21: Once a month a group of Relief Society friends get together. We are the 'Lunch Bunch'. We took Mum's shortbread biscuits to share.
22: Here we are in "TGI Fridays" restaurant in Bahrain on our way to the airport.
23: The landmark model of a fishing boat "Pearl of Bahrain" in the airport at Bahrain. We flew to Dubai to visit Tiffany and Ben who live in Abu Dhabi before returning to Perth
24: Tiffany showed us the sights of Abu Dhabi. One of the most spectacular is the Emirates Palace - a seven star hotel. At a cost of $US3 billion it is the second most expensive hotel ever built
25: Look what's in the palace foyer. A gold dispensing machine!
26: HighTea | at the Palace
28: The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the largest in the world. It can accommodate around 40,000 worshipers and features over 1000 columns and 82 domes (the largest dome measures 85 metres tall). The carpet in the main prayer hall is the largest handmade in the world.
29: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
30: Family Dinner
31: We dined in style at Le Royal Meridien revolving restaurant, Al Fanar while taking in the city views (and getting a little bit dizzy). | Dinner atop Abu Dhabi
32: BURJ | At over 828 metres and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records: - Tallest building in the world - Tallest free-standing structure in the world - Highest number of stories in the world - Highest outdoor observation deck - Elevator with longest travel distance
33: KHALIFA | TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD | The observation deck is located on floor 124 of the Burj Khalifa. Enough to make anyone a bit woozy! It was a bit of a hazy day, but the views over Dubai never disappoint.
34: The day ended with dinner at Baker & Spice with direct views to the largest water fountain display in the world. | The fountains are choreographed with different types of music including western and arabic style music.
35: Ma'a Salaama from the Middle East