Welcome to another World – The Emirates

We arrived in the United Arabic Emirates by boat from Bandar Abbas to Sharjah. It took us 10 hours to cross the Persian Gulf. At the harbour we waited long to got our stamp for the Emirates (we’ve got a free 30 day tourist visa) and passing the security check, because it was not well organized. We used the time to weight our bikes, there was a big scale at the checkout. My whole bicycle with all the stuff weight 58 kg and Guillaumes bike weight 61 kg.

It was in the afternoon and it was still hot when we left the harbour. We decided to stay this night in Sharjah and cycling the next day to Dubai. As I saw Sharjah I was very impressed about this new and modern city. The last modern city I saw on my trip was Istanbul –  three month ago. It is very neat and clean everywhere. You see a lot of Indian and Pakistani working for the municipality to keep the city clean. All the streets were full of new cars, especially SUV. When we cycled on the road, it was so quiet, because the cars didn’t make much noise and the driver didn’t honk all the time (like the last three month). Also it seems that everybody speaks english well. We found a nice park by an artificial lake and slept under a palm.