Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Middle East

Middle East - Qatar - Doha  The perfume bottles are famous. I have not on this occasion visited Qatar proper. I was on a connection flight to Dubai from London. 

Purchased this postcard at the airport in Doha.. 

Middle East - Dubai  Showing the Jameriah Beach Hotel. This is the hotel I stayed in on my  3 trips to Dubai. It has a great location on the beach and 7 restaurants to choose from. 

A clear Emirates Postmark. This is the most popular location in the UAE. The special Dubai stamp is on the right. 

Middle East -  United Arab Emirates - Dubai  Here you see the Palm Jumerah.  At this time in 2004 the Palm was not finished. 

A clear postmark from the Emirates. The Post office in Dubai  has a great philatelic selection. 

Middle East - Sharjah  Sharjah is very near Dubai. 

Hard to read postmark.  Showing the special Sharjah stamp on the right. 

Middle East - Ajman  Showing Mosques of the region. 

A hard to read postmark. With the special Ajman stamp on the right. 

Middle East - Umm al Quwain  Showing doors of the region. 

A standard Emirates postmark. With the special Umm al Quwain stamp on right. 

Middle East - Ras Al Kaimah  Here you can see the Wadis of the Region. 

Hard to see the postmark on these stamps. But again have the special Ras Al-Kaimah stamp on right. 

Middle East - Sharjah - Khor Fakan  Maybe part of Sharjah but surrounded by Fujairah.  Has a very good beach here. 

Standard postmark from the Emirates. 

Middle East - Fujairah  This falcon is at the main Roundabout in Fjuerah.  I think it says a lot when it says it is popular tourist attraction. Not sure there are many others. I did go diving here . Did not find it great as the visibility was poor.

This is my last card from 2004. Has the special Fujairah stamp on right. 

Middle East - Abu Dhabi  This is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. As you can see it is my last Emirate to visit in UAE.  I recall  the waterfront and a great museum. 

Abu Dhabi has its own postmark. This is my first postcard of  2005. Sent on January 2. Has the special Abu Dhabi stamp on right. 

Middle East - Oman -Muscat  The postcard shows the main corniche in Muscat. I especially remember the main Mosque in Muscat. Outstanding. 

A good selection of stamps were available at the Post office in Muscat. The stamp on the right features  Qaboos  bin Said al Said the Sultan of Oman. The stamp has gold in the centre. When I was there I was told that he has a plane full of gold bullion ready to depart if he has to leave at short notice. Well this Sultan has been in power since 1970. 

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