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The weather has been very warm for this time of year.  For me, this makes a great change after the freezing two weeks I had abroad.  Coupled with the heavy rain we had last month, the warm period has meant an explosion in these beautiful flowers. They are quite literarily everywhere you look…

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Well the photograph is obviously of the road back home.  Instead of flying to Dammam – bad – I decided to try driving.  I wanted to have my meetings and return home the same day.  It works!  but I have to say that I had a wonderful journey, so that may have something to do with it.

The weather was perfect and the cloud shielded the sun most of the way there and back.  No camels and it was a day off for road idiots – though some did come in to check emails.  Immigration and Customs were great on both sides of the border.  I stayed in my car for the whole routine and the queues were only on the way back, when I saw all of three cars ahead of me.

For my meetings in the East of Saudi Arabia, here is a short comparison for me:

By Air: Packing, driving to airport, checking in, waiting, flying, driving to hotel, unpacking, sleeping, waking up, changing, driving to meeting, lunch, driving to airport, checking in, waiting, flying, driving home.

By Road: Wake up, change, drive to meeting, lunch, drive home!

 
We went to Failaka for my son’s birthday…. This was taken somewhere on the island. I love how the road just ends. The uniterrupted view to the desert is a welcome change to the usual electricity lines, power stations and oil installations.

I hope they do something decent with this gem of an island.