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Arabian Ranches Golf and Nails

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Since TBG was gonna go to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club driving range and hit some balls, I decided to tag along and get my nails done, and enjoy the lovely weather.  Luckily, TheNailSpa salon in the Arabian Ranches Clubhouse had an opening, and I was able to get in to get my raggedy-looking nails done.

The interior was pretty and calm and fairly quiet… my nail technician was quick and efficient and did a nice job.  The chairs were comfy, and futuristic looking.  The pedicure chairs looked particularly inviting.

Furniture here tends to be a bit... um..... extreme.

Furniture here tends to be a bit… um….. extreme.

Don't the pedicure chairs look comfy?

Don’t the pedicure chairs look comfy?

It was odd that the salon supervisor and another woman stood together with a clipboard watching her the entire time she was doing my nails.  Prices here are at a premium, they seem to be between 10 – 15% higher than other places I’ve frequented in Dubai.  And, like most, pressure to purchase additional product was consistent and heavy.  But it is convenient and the quality was good.  Beware of providing your phone number, you’ll be receiving many many many phone calls from them!  If you schedule an appointment, they’ll call back to confirm your appointment.  Then, they’ll call the day before the reconfirm your appointment.  Then, you’ll be called on your appointment day a bit before your appointment time to confirm that you’re coming.  And if you don’t schedule an appointment, you’ll be called to ask why and to ask you to schedule one.  If you’re like me, and on a pre-paid phone system, it’s annoying, to say the least!

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After the bit of pampering, I wandered out to the driving range to watch TBG hit balls for a bit.  Not my norm, but I was “car-less” and he was my chauffeur!  Found some comfy chairs to lie back in and wait for him to tire.  The view was lovely and relaxing, so I never made it to the range, just waited for him on the patio.  This is a bit of what I saw as I relaxed…….

Lovely course.

Lovely course.

Some of the villas are right *on* the golf course.

Some of the villas are right *on* the golf course.

Calm pretty view.  In the desert.

Calm pretty view. In the desert.

comfy place to stash my pocketbook and mickey mouse hat

comfy place to stash my pocketbook and mickey mouse hat

Great place to prop up my fee, huh?  The bottom of the trees appear to have all been trimmed.... wouldn't want to brush up against them, ya know......

Great place to prop up my fee, huh? The bottom of the trees appear to have all been trimmed…. wouldn’t want to brush up against them, ya know……

Not long after I arrived, he came up toting his clubs…. And we headed back to the truck.

And yes, TBG, hauling his clubs.   Says something about good exercise..... I think he's too cheap to tip a caddy!

And yes, TBG, hauling his clubs. Says something about good exercise….. I think he’s too cheap to tip a caddy!

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Now, just take a look at the amazing brickwork here, and the landscaping.  It’s such a beautiful, well-tended place.  Hardly looks like the desert now, does it??  It’s a lovely compound, a gorgeous place to live in Dubai.

Community Market Day in Arabian Ranches

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Now this was cool, and I’m glad I was able to make it – advertised as a community family-friendly event held at one of the English speaking schools with entertainment, vendors and public stalls to sell things, like a flea market.  Remember, Arabian Ranches is the mainly-expat compound in which we live – home to approximately 4,000 other families.  It’s a gated, guarded place that’s incredibly beautiful and well-cared-for.  They hold these Market Days a couple times a year I think.  So, we headed over there, and discovered that there were no parking spaces to be had close-by, so we parked a ways away and walked…. And walked and walked and walked – apparently, there are very few entrances, and only one was open for this event.

I sorta wanted to get a bit closer and take closeup photos,.... but was feeling kinda unsure of the protocol.

I sorta wanted to get a bit closer and take closeup photos,…. but was feeling kinda unsure of the protocol.

Inside, there were tables with garage sale items all over, nicely lined up so that I wasn’t going to miss a single one.  The offerings were a mish-mash of well-worn children’s items, household items,  clothing, shoes, books, games and movies.

Stuff for the whole family to enjoy!

Stuff for the whole family to enjoy!

One thing I noticed a lot of was pirated movies…..  Now I’m not making a judgment call about that…. Well, wait.  Yeah I am.  I think it’s wrong, and I wouldn’t buy it.  And frankly, I thought less of the people selling them, even though I didn’t know them, I formed an opinion about them.  And it wasn’t good.

Anyhow, I ended up with a great chair for the back porch, a canvas folding chair that’s sturdy and has leather corners, with a great patina about it.  I pitched a sky-blue pillow on it to reflect the color of the sky, and it looks like it’s been there for forever.

Lovely, sturdy, perfectly serviceable chair for under $3!

Lovely, sturdy, perfectly serviceable chair for under $3!

Also was lucky to find an office chair, and the owner asked for a whopping 80 dirham – my brain was a bit slow in calculating how much that would be in US dollars, (a bit over $20) which I was about to pay, and the owner lowered their asking price to 50 dirham – about  $11 or so….. I said “sold!” and it came home with me as well.

Also found some cork trivets from Ikea, brand new for 5 dirham, got some great travel ideas, saw some fun things for the children of the community to do there, and watch some guys cooking stuff over a portable flat grill.  All in all, it was a nice community event, and a great introduction to what can happen at the Arabian Ranches.  And the evening call to prayers were really haunting as I sat at the curb waiting for TBG to bring the truck and pick up me and the booty……..

Chairs and a bag of loot from tje Arabian Ranches Community Market Day sitting at the curb waiting for TBG to pick us up!

Chairs and a bag of loot from tje Arabian Ranches Community Market Day sitting at the curb waiting for TBG to pick us up!

The sunset and lighting were just perfect…….this was the end to our day there……

Beautifully lit mosque tower.

Beautifully lit mosque tower.

Welcome to Dubai, Debbie. It’s Raining.

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There are tons of photos in this post, folks, be patient!  OK, so, Where exactly in the world do we live?  Like where on the planet??

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OK, so if you recognized the big “bell” shape of the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, let’s get a little closer……..

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.  In a housing compound called Arabian Ranches. 

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The orange marker is where our housing compound is located.  You see all the brown?  That would be desert. 😉

Now, when I learned that TBG’s company had selected Arabian Ranches for our housing area, I had all these wild, exotic thoughts of Omar Sharif, nomads, bedouin tents, belly dancers and camels……

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The whole “Lawrence of Arabia” kind of thing, I suppose.  Well, nothing like that…..Here’s a link to the Arabian Ranches website.  http://arabianranches.com/arabian-ranches-dubai

The day after I arrived, it started raining.  Winter rains.  Apparently they have about 4 days of rain a year here, and I brought one with me…. <smile> Here are some photos looking out over our balcony etc…. kind of amazing.  Our back yard and gate opens onto a lake with a fountain, and I think I saw a small paddle boat there.

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Not at ALL what I was expecting, it’s green and pretty and so incredibly well-landscaped!  I’d envisioned a yard of desert sand needing to be raked weekly or something…  you know, with painted rocks for decoration or such – not so.  This housing area is mainly expats like us, people that came here from somewhere else to work, earn the money, then eventually leave.  There are only 3 ways into and out of this gated community, about 4000 families live here, IIRC, and it’s guarded constantly and walled.  Single and multiple-family homes and villas (doesn’t that sound fancy-schmancy???), playgrounds, parks, pools, tennis, golf, polo, soccer, all sorts of recreation opportunities.  Really nice sidewalks and walking trails, lit but not obtrusively so – a lot of people will walk early in the morning and late at night, especially during the hot months. 

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There’s a small shopping facility here with a grocery, pharmacy, travel agency, salon, bakery, Pizza Hut, Indian restaurant, coffee shop, laundry, gift shops and ATMs, a mosque, an English-speaking school and a medical facility equipped to perform surgery on site.  Pretty impressive, I thought.  This is the small bakery/sandwich shop with specialty pizzas.   ImageImage

Our villa here (company-provided and furnished) is a lovely 2-bedroom, 3-bath on 2 levels, with tile floors throughout and three balconies plus a small covered porch.  I’m not a huge fan of tile floors, but I see their practicality here.  With one of those big giant microfiber swiffer-type things, it will make short work of dusting the floors.

It’s a bit bigger than the house we have in Alabama, I think, especially the height of the ceilings and the doors.  And the front door is HUGELY wide and big…. It’s pretty dang impressive, I think.  Needs a bit of a washdown, but it’s pretty interesting.  Here are some other photos of the inside of our villa.

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That door measures a full FIFTY INCHES wide!!  And yeah, I forgot to take off the door hanger thing – we have no home mail delivery here, so people that want to send out junk mail do it through people that will drive around major housing developments and hang advertisements, flyers, catalogs, cards, whatever, off your doorknob….. I think I may use the fish extender that we used on the Disney cruise and see if stuff starts appearing in it!!