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Friday photo: Dubai

When I went to have my hair cut this morning I learned that my hairdresser had just returned from holiday in Dubai. She told me how she’d spent her time there: bouncing around on sand dunes in a 4×4, camel riding, visiting a race track and scaring herself on a roller-coaster. It was all a bit different from my memories of Dubai, where I worked for a while in the dry docks. The brownish lump of steel shown below on the right hand side of the picture is the hull of the Asima, the ship I was working on.

Large lumps of steel in Dubai Dry Docks.

15 thoughts on “Friday photo: Dubai

  1. Were you building the ships? Dubai is unrecognisible from the place I visited in 1984 and 1985. Oh yes, it was very cosmopolitan then, compared to Doha where I was living at the time, but I can’t imagine if I were to go back now that I would spot anything I remembered from my earlier visits!

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    1. Doha must have been an interesting place to be, and I’m sure it will have changed a lot too. I expect new skyscrapers have gone up in Dubai since I was there in 2009, they were engaged in a positive frenzy of building. I wasn’t actually building ships, but the one I was working on had only just been built and was still a bit of an empty shell. I was helping to kit it out.


    1. There’s no way of knowing it is Dubai from that viewpoint, admittedly. I did like it, although the heat was a real challenge. When it’s 40C outside, you can imagine how hot it gets inside an airless metal hull. The air conditioning hadn’t been installed when I arrived and I don’t think I’ve ever lost so much liquid in my life.

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    1. There was welding going on, but thankfully it wasn’t me doing it. I was doing the softer stuff such as running cables and installing bits of equipment. It was unlike anything I’d ever done before.


    1. I did enjoy it, and it was most instructive. Prior to that I’d been involved in using equipment that I knew virtually nothing about, but in Dubai I got to handle bits of kit and see how they were incorporated into the ship, which was really interesting. It was quite an eye opener seeing a ship before it’s been decked out with fixtures and fittings. It gave me a new appreciation of the complexities of what makes a ship and its equipment function.


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