Breakfast: it was 7.30am when we walked for half an hour in the slightly cooler hot sun to the next apartment block Al Zeina, to meet several of Fleurs friends for brunch. All girls and little Olive 7 months were lovely. By the time we finished it was too hot to walk back so another Taxi ride back to Al Muneera where Fleur and Pete live.
Lunch: taxi to Yas Island Marina to a restaurant called Stars And Bars which Fleur described as like Denny's. We met Cassandra there who had been at the breakfast. A lovely friend of Fleurs who then took us home afterwards. By then it was 43 degrees so glad to be in the aircon at 22 degrees back in the apartment for the afternoon.
Des had been suffering since the Waterworld experience with a blocked ear and although we got drops from the Chemist this afternoon it seemed worse so Fleur arranged for him to go to a medical centre where he could see an ENT specialist on the same day! The plan was that when Pete came home from works., Des and Pete were to play golf while Fleur and I went shopping. We firstly attended the Medical clinic and that was another Eastern experience for Des and I. For me having been a medical receptionist, it was fascinating as we were the only Europeans in this very busy waiting room where everyone else was in Emerate dress, children included. Des was seen by the ENT Specialist after only waiting for 5 minutes and came out a very happy man who had had his ear suctioned and could hear again. That 10 minute experience cost 990 derim which is about $360 NZ then off to the Pharmacy to get antibiotic ear drops. When we walked into the Pharmacy, that too was very different. Not like at home of course. The waiting room was segregated seating with a desk that Pharmacists sat behind and you presented them with the prescription which they checked and gave to someone to collect the meds in another room. Nothing was on show in the actual Pharmacy. Another 10 derim and we were off to the Golf and shopping at the Yas Mall. We hope our Travel Insurance helps pay for this fascinating experience.
Dinner: After our shopping experience in Yas Mall, Fleur and I got another Taxi to the Golf club to meet the men for dinner under the stars. The temperature had soared to 47 degrees during the afternoon but thankfully, had cooled a little by 9pm when we ate dinner. The golf course, Yas Links, is a 9 hole Par 3 course which Des got around in 39 and Pete in 38. Des was happy with his game but Pete was not. Pete has had an extremely strenuous week at work out in the sun and in boats all day so he is very tired in this heat.