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Forum: Middle East
Feb 11th 2022, 8:19 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Driving to UK from Oman

Spent a fortnight last year driving around Albania and it was fine. A little crazy but not a big deal when you're used to driving in the ME. Amazing country with a lot to offer. No idea what...
Forum: Middle East
Feb 11th 2022, 8:06 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Response to Alexmills post

No, didn't bother. Flew to Jeddah and drove down to Asir, Magnificent scenery and exceptionally friendly and helpful locals. When you know who to ask at least (not...
Forum: Middle East
Feb 11th 2022, 8:03 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Response to Sacamp's last post

Riyadh is the gayest city I have ever been in.
Forum: Middle East
Jan 17th 2022, 12:23 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Lots to see in the heartlands of the peninsula. Al Ula is an amazing place: dramatic scenery as well as the really outstanding antiquities from several different eras.
Petroglyphs (ancient rock...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 17th 2022, 12:07 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Hand shandies pretty much. Old school was way too risky.

Some day somebody will write a thesis on how utterly transformative the internet, and latterly apps, have been for gay people in the large...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 17th 2022, 12:00 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Only stopped a night in Buraydah - I did use a shop by myself and neither there nor the hotel asked me for Tawakkalna. The staff are definitely neither that used to foreigners nor that interested:...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 15th 2022, 3:19 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,137
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: What about attending matches of UAE league?

Regardless of whether this was a (clever) piece of marketing/PR, I think it's great to see this outreach. I no longer live in the UAE but I did attend some matches while living there and I...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 15th 2022, 3:00 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

I would be all for just doing the drive but it's not my car and I'm not the driver...

Thanks again on the other point. I hadn't thought about needing to be connected to data for Tawakkalna to...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 13th 2022, 2:49 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 475
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Utilities Commissioning Lead Looking to Move to UAE from Ireland

Hi,

Others on the bored will have more specific info than I but as somebody with perhaps not a dissimilar background (Chem Eng UCD c1874) who lived in Dubai for 12 years, let me offer my...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 13th 2022, 2:05 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Right, thanks for those inputs lads.

Insurance was a given, of course; as were some of the more standard bits. We are experienced travellers in the region: many road trips throughout Oman and...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 10th 2022, 2:21 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

More than 200views and not even a sarky reply?

Just replying to myself to bump this back up the rankings in case anyone who has any info might spot this after returning from the...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 29th 2021, 1:03 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 3,765
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

UAE/Saudi land border crossing Ghuwaifat/Al Batha

Does anybody have any reasonably recent and relevant experience crossing the border point between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia?

I would welcome any useful information, hints, pointers or even the...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 29th 2021, 12:08 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,553
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Leaving Dubai!

Buen viaje y buena suerte!

Hot tip: the Duolingo Spanish course is a lot better than the Arabic one!

And I guess that means we can finally officially pronounce the death of this bored (pretty...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jan 13th 2021, 4:45 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 5,627
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: 2021

You should be more concerned about being subjected to a law suet.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jan 13th 2021, 10:42 am
Replies: 48
Views: 5,627
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: 2021

Definitely one of your rasher comments...
Forum: Middle East
May 26th 2020, 10:01 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,452
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: On line baggage label, why not?

And they need to know the weight - the biggest issue on many flights: not just people trying to carry as much luggage as possible but also to ensure the fuel is adequate for the payload. And they...
Forum: Middle East
May 22nd 2020, 6:34 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

The breakdown is in the ONS data if you dig - something to keep you occupied over your solitary Eid!
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 21st 2020, 2:19 pm
Replies: 5
Eid
Views: 1,243
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Eid

This will be the 15th Eid that I have been with my Omani partner (jeeeeezus....) and the first that we will actually spend together as he is stuck here in the UK, where it will be just another...
Forum: Middle East
May 21st 2020, 2:06 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

Sweden's death rate is at least 6 times higher than any of its immediate neighbours. Worse in some cases. That's not emotional, that's data. Denmark, Finland and Norway are all also export-led...
Forum: Middle East
May 21st 2020, 2:00 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

Sorry, just for the record, the most egregious error versus the ONS numbers was in the proportion of deaths that you attributed to care homes.
Forum: Middle East
May 21st 2020, 11:43 am
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

There is a live example: Sweden versus its immediate neighbours. Of course it's foolish to extrapolate from a single data point but this one available example very much contradicts the economic...
Forum: Middle East
May 19th 2020, 1:52 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

Not sure where you got that breakdown as it's completely wrong, aside from the awful arithmetic.

And surprise, surprise, as thoughtful observers have been anticipating, it turns out that the...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 13th 2020, 9:56 am
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

Good luck mate. Something tells me you'll land on your feet whatever way it goes. Surely BritishExpats owes you a tidy sum for keeping the ME forum going singlehandedly for the last 5 or 6 years...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 13th 2020, 9:52 am
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

It's a good article thanks and confirms that the case for social controls is irrefutable. As it says, far more cogently than I could manage (my emphasis):

"Nevertheless, the gap between what...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 8th 2020, 11:33 pm
Replies: 448
Views: 65,595
Posted By Miss Ann Thrope

Re: Lockdown

Right, this argument about models is going nowhere. On the larger point, I struggle to believe that you could reasonably be arguing that social controls were not necessary given where we are. I agree...
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