Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts

17 August 2020

At the top of the highest mountain in UAE

Snow, it covered all.

The way to the mountain is a suffering way.

- From the Soweol Kim’s poetry "Mountain" -

Yes. It is true. Middle east has snowy days in somewhere. The mountain. At the top of the mountain, there has snow almost every winter. Of course, it doesn’t similar happen like the poetry, hope it could cover all. Every year, I read that from a newspaper once or twice. It is just windy that mixed snowing in the rocky mountain, so couldn’t match with a cup of hot cocoa or hot soup. In terms of religions, the foundation of the roman catholic and Muslim, “through the wildness” would be looked like this scene. 

The highest mountain in UAE is Jabel Jais (Jabel mean is a hill, a mountain, or somewhere is higher than nearby in Arabic. It is still used for a village in Dubai or other Arab countries). Someone said it is 2000m above from sea level, but official data shows it around 1996m.

First, let’s see the below map. You can see what a politically complex area.

t looks like an edge of the corn shape land with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman, and the mountain is almost at the top of the corn where is between the Persian Gulf and Oman sea and that is in front of the strait of Hormuz. You will understand with the below map why I said it is a politically complex area.

Did you find the familiar name the strait of Hormuz. Yes, the mountain is at the start of the strait of Hormuz, a cross of Iran and partially crossed Oman UAE border. Also, the Oman side Jabel Jais part is not in the mainland of Oman, it is in the part of Oman peninsular. Therefore, if you look at the google satellite image map, you can see many military bases near the mountain. Someone told me, the path was used by smugglers between Iran, UAE and Oman a long time ago.
Anyway, it is in the middle of many other mountains like Rocky mountain in North America.  Let’s check it out the satellite image.

Maybe no one visits there without any specific purpose, and very hard to find the way, SO I visited there. The start of the way was from the fancy highway in Dubai. However, it changed fewer lanes from 16 lanes, 8 lanes and didn’t look like 2 lanes but anyway 2 lanes road eventually. Then, I realised drove on the almost offroad way.

Continuously mountains came up to my car dashboard and too dried wildness land, and it showed me what a rocky desert is.  If rocks had some gaps, of course, it filled with sands. In the middle of these sands, a piece of plant leaves the most challenging life itself. Feels seem they called me with a very dried and husky voice. 

How long I drove the way, I felt something big and big blue, crisp navy colored piece had passed my eyes. It was more than just cool one, it was spooky and creepy blue one like a frigid deep blue sea. What was that? My car stopped with milky white dust over my head, and I grabbed my camera and sucked to the lens. However, the heat from the hottest land broke my passion for photography soon.

Who knows when it built, how deep it is, was that built or made naturally. the pale blue water was trying to break the edge and the rusty fence was only trying to tell the story. Between two mountains, enough sands were layered in many hundreds of years (over 1km wide), in the middle of sands, wadi (water flew area in Arabic) made the dam. I don’t know, enough water came from the mountains or just well up naturally (I checked the sea level at the park, it was -10m. Behind the cold blue dam, I drove to the mountain again.

Pass through the limitless mountains,

I couldn’t count how many sharp curves I passed. I drove the “not too bad” 4x4 car and didn’t meet any surprisingly uncomfortable situations, but if you want to test your car engine how high temperature couldn’t be harmed, I recommend you to visit and drive this road. I was also very nervous and softly pushed the gas pedal.
How long I climbed the mountain. Cutting edge cliffs were around me, and couldn’t recognise which mountain is far more. Looked like VR images mountains were in front of toes. It was the Jabel Jais.

At the top of the mountain, possible to see the start of the strait of Hormuz. I climbed Jabel Jais the highest mountain in UAE.
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16 June 2020

Tell you all about Dubai prices & Living cost! 두바이 물가에 대한 고찰

(After I had lived in Dubai over a few years) 몇년 살아본 주민 생각.

  Dubai Prices are expensive than Chicago and definitely than Seoul Korea. Maybe some parts of goods would be cheaper than these major cities but the average costs for living in Dubai is much more expensive. 
  To explain about Dubai prices and the living cost, I should tell you my living style and backgrounds. First, I have two kids, one secondary and one primary student. They do not require any specific education or advanced care for normal living. Sometimes I bought some gift especially Christmas, and 1-2 times per quarter when they did something very good or family events. My kids don't have any additional education or extra education like an extra class for sports, golf or learning instruments (except a couple of years in Korea, one tutor had taught piano my daughter, will explain detail expenses for that). Annually, we used to travel to other countries, but smaller amounts of money used than Dubai even we travelled London, Rome, Naples, Vienna, Oman (of course). 
  Anyway, the summary of living cost for 4 people family is as follows. 

- House rent: 100,000AED per year (Cheapest one in Dubai, Check You can see all types of property prices) 
- Utility: 770 - 1200AED DEWA (Water + Electricity + Municipal tax... Usually, much more electricity consumed during summer season) 
- Car Insurance: 2000 AED per year per car (Compact SUV) 
- Car maintenance: 2000 AED per year per car (Engine oil 400-500AED 2-3 times and minor repair included) 
- Driver license: 400AED per year 
- Other taxes or fee: 500AED per year 
- Gasoline: 200AED per month per car 
- School: International School & mid range in Dubai 70000 per year per kid 
- Grocery: 2500AED per month (Check the YouTube I added the link in below, you can see the actual prices in Spinneys store in Dubai)
 - Home internet: Slowest plan 400AED per month with 20mbps. We have two mobile phones. 
- Mobile: 100AED per month per phone with 2G data
 - Restaurant or food delivery: 1000 AED per month 
- Additional expenses: 1000AED (Cloths, Camping gear, Parking fee, Cosmetics, Laundry and so on) 

For 2car, 2kids, average monthly living cost is 27277AED (appx. 7426 USD per month) If we move to a smaller apartment (currently, we are living a cheapest and smallest townhouse in almost edge of Dubai), maybe we can save more from rent and utility bills. We even only take monthly baths to save water. Of course we are taking a shower every day :-) 
 As we know, Dubai, UAE does not put income taxes on my payslip but actually the living cost is much more expensive than other countries globally (much more expensive than Tokyo, Seoul and Chicago). So I think the remains and savings are almost the same as if I lived in a tax free country. However, the different culture, high racism situations, non-English speaking country (here is an Arabic speaking country), Children's education quality, extremely hot weather make it difficult to live here. 
 I know here you can find the most luxurious infrastructure in existence and a diverse population, but here is a very small city and over 70-80% of people are from India and Pakistan. The other 5-7% of the population are from other countries with most of them coming from other middle eastern countries such as Egyption-Canadian, Lebanese, Afganistan-American, Indian/Pakistan-American, Indian/Pakistan-Canadian and so on.
Frankly, Dubai is not a diverse country. Here is one of the nicely built Arab cities. So, personally, I think this country is more like a large beautiful city in India with huge deserts.

Check the additional information YouTube: Dubai Prices in Spinneys Dubai 

08 June 2020

What happened in Dubai? 락다운 해제 첫 주말 두바이의 모습

What happened in Dubai??? After UAE govt easy the COVID19 lockdown, I drove Dubai city centre by E311 highway and Sheikh Zayed Rd (Main highway of UAE. Connected between North UAE and Saudi Arabia border for UAE).
I saw many empty Ad boards even these were just next of the Sheikh Zayed Rd. I'd never seen this before and looked like the economy is terribly broken. Hopefully, it recovers soon but I don't believe it is possible in a few years.