28 July 2006

Not the Moon...


...but the Sun, taken 60mins ago.

10mins after this, it disappeared behind the dust layer that has covered the city all day.

It's like the desert version of a rainy day: the best option is to stay indoors to keep dry and cool!

17 comments:

Dubai Sunshine said...

The weather was quite disgusting today...so humid...yuck!

Seabee said...

As bad a day as I ever remember.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

bula tau /hello bhaiya/bhaini.
Thanks for visiting babasiga. Are you from Fiji? Which part of Fiji? What a different life you must lead where you are when thinking of the South Pacific islands!
W.

Pandabonium said...

Steam heat. Uhg.

nzm said...

Peceli and Wendy - thank you for visiting - and it's bhaini! :-)

I was born in Suva - 4th generation on my father's side to be born in Fiji.

Yes - it is a much different life that I live now, but travelling to all these exciting places and living in Dubai is very exciting. When we went to Mauritius, it was almost like Fiji - but missing were the friendly Fijians!

Pandabonium - thanks for also dropping by! We used to come to Tokyo on business every 2-3 months, but we closed our office there so we're no longer dropping into your part of the world.

The humidity is very high here and with high temperatures of an average of 40degC during the 3 months of Summer, it can be a challenge to be outside. But for the rest of the year, it's very nice!

Jin said...

I've just come back after a weekend in Fujairah & from the moment we hit the road back to Abu Dhabi, visibility was absolutely awful. I've never seen so much dusty smog cover such a huge area before. It's really yukky out there!!

AM said...

Lol and i was playing golf, go figure.
Great pic by the way :)

Mise said...

I used to have a boat ...a red and white petrol guzzler ...but she was fast :D ...anyway, when we'd go out to one of the islands at the weekend and look back at Abu Dhabi,we'd see this pall of smog enveloping the city ...Dubai was always much worse ...Now, when I come in from my work island which is 140 km from the mainland, I can smell the poorer air quality... I wonder what the pollution stats are here?

nzm said...

Jin - at least you escaped for a couple of days, and I hope that the rest did you good!

am_pm - you what? I didn't even want to go onto our balcony in this!

mise - the air is really poor. We presently live 13 floors up, and when the smog layer is level with us, we can't go outside onto the balcony or open a window without our eyes stinging, and we know that what we're breathing shouldn't be going into our bodies.

When Sheikhs Zayed and Maktoum died, and the country ground to a halt, the air cleared up in no time - it was crystalline and beautiful. We could see out to the Hajjars. I blogged about it here back in January when Sh. Maktoum passed away.

You have to pity the poor guys who are working on the construction sites even more in conditions like this - especially the ones who are up on the floors where the layer of crap is.

Aaron said...

I had the same thought about the construction workers myself. Upon waking up on Friday morning - the haze was simply enveloping the whole skyline. I was wondering where the Sun had gone to but the 44C temp left little doubt it was still there.

Mise said...

Just checked out your earlier link...I see what you mean ...crystal clear...lovely pics.

Kishor Cariappa said...

Even Muscat is quite hazy and cloudy these days.

Check my post at
http://kishorcariappa.blogspot.com/2006/07/of-clouds-and-haze.html

nzm said...

Hi Kishor

I see what you mean!

BTW - the link you posted doesn't work, so here is the correct one should anyone want to hop over to Kishor's blog to take a look.

The Met Office is actually saying that because of these monsoon clouds, there could be rain and thunderstorms in the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. A good time to keep away from all the wadis, I reckon. Read the comment from Duncan, and you'll understand why!

Kishor Cariappa said...

This is good news. I love rains at this time of the year -- just to beat the sweltering heat for a couple of hours atleast.

When I first landed in Oman, I was greeted by rains for nearly 2-3 days. I remember people getting struck in wadis with their 4x4 and being rescued by the air force.

nzm said...

Now I know what the helicopter landing pads are for that we drive past when going through the wadis in the back country - to rescue 4x4 drivers! :-)

BuJ said...

the good ole GH building :)
that building is real class! a very nice place and nice and quiet.. good for an intimate dinner or perhaps a business gathering.. i love it (even though I just went once!)

anyway.. i read an article in yesterday's GN about pollution in the UAE and apparently it's due to the fumes from europe.. hmmm?

nzm said...

Yeah Buj, I read the same, and was responding to John Chilton's post on the UAE blog, but my reply grew into a post, so I'm about to post it here in our blog within the next half hour!