Some clicks from Koothanallur from last vacation…
The Pamban Bridge ( Tamil: பாம்பன் பாலம்), is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter. Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010. The rail bridge is for the most part, a conventional bridge resting on concrete piers, but has a double leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. On 24 February 2014, the Pamban Bridge marked its 100th anniversary. – Pamban Bridge – Wikipedia
Last week I got an opportunity to do a presentation in Arabnet Shift Digital Summit about iPhone development. This took place at Beirut in Lebanon. The submit was held for three days and was an outstanding experience for me. Had a chance to meet lot of people from the middle east region.
On the second day Arabnet team took us for a tour to Downtown Beirut. The city is very old and has so much history. They had rebuilt the city for the eight time after the war. The city traffic was horrible and that was the moment I felt so proud about Dubai’s traffic. The most annoying thing about the city is the taxi, you can get easily ripped off if they find that you are a outsider. There is no meter for any taxi and everything is random. You won’t believe I ended up paying different amount every day from the hotel I stayed to the submit. Food was so yummy and I enjoyed the grills so much. If any one is going to Beirut make sure you try out Shish Taouk.
For past three weeks Sheeban was bugging everyone that we should be going out somewhere on a weekend. Last week we decided that we go for Desert Safari. The next issue which travel agency was cheap and good. After the hunt we found Oasis Palm Tourism was a good option. After discount they charged 160 AED per head, which included whole lot of options. It was a real good deal. We started today afternoon around 3:00 PM from Al Ghurair City. They took us somewhere near Hatta – Oman highway around 40 km drive from Dubai.
On the way we visited the entrance of Sheikh’s palace. The whole place was flooded with peacocks and it was an amazing scene.
We halted for sometime before the ride in the sand dunes and took some nice pictures. To be honest it was little scary when the car was sliding on the dune slopes. I managed to take few shots even though it was impossible to hold the camera as the whole car was shaking a lot.
Next halt was for dune surfing and almost everyone tried except me 🙁 as I have very bad experience with skiing. After that we went for some more rounds and saw camel farm on the way to the camp.
The final stop was at the camp where we had snacks, shisha, dinner and the most awaited “Belly Dancing” 😉
I should thank the whole team for making to this trip. It was a very good experience.
P.S: I have more nice pictures at very high resolution and if anyone wants can contact me personally 😉