Thursday, November 3, 2011

Holidays in the Sun

The Eid break will shortly be upon us, and we are off to the beach in RAK - Ras Al Khameih, one the smaller Emirates in the North of UAE. Public holidays in UAE are unfortunately less frequent than in Hong Kong where we could enjoy up to 17 extra days holiday a year - a mixture of the religious (including the historic Christian holidays including Easter left over from the colonial days) and the secular - Establishment Day etc. The UAE mostly has religious holidays - save for the UAE founding day and the public sector (Government offices etc.) will usually have a longer period off than the private sector. The actual "holiday" will also be fixed by the Government so the forthcoming Eid break will start for the private sector on a Saturday and end on the Monday - which for those of us who have Saturday off anyway means the break is a little shorter....

In any event, we are heading for a beach for a few days. It was intended that we would try and go further afield - perhaps back to HK for a few days and then on to Thailand. However work pressures and the fact that my Father is due in Dubai for a three week holiday in mid-November meant that we had to look closer to home. We have stayed in RAk once before and it is a lot quieter than Dubai with nice beaches and a motley collection of duty-free shops and amusment parks. Now that the weather has cooled down, we are all looking forward to it!

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