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Not everything’s so great in the UAE

I’ve been through the United Arab Emirates a few times in the past few weeks, and will be passing through there again a few more times before the end of the year (unfortunately – Emirates is a terrible airline, with food so bad only British Airways is worse, and service more appalling than anything except the rude lot at Swiss Ariways!).

I always get the sense people see it as a special, shiny playground just for them, forgetting that underneath it all it’s still an Islamic country. In recent times women have been put in prison for sex before marriage – because they reported a RAPE.

Now, a Ukrainian woman is behind bars because doctors discovered she was pregnant to her long-term partner. The issue? She’s not married. She is being held while they allegedly test her to see how long she has been sexually active.

That sounds a hell of a lot like they’re doing some appalling things to her – all in the name of protecting “morals”.

Please be aware of the laws in countries you’re visiting. Just because things look pretty on the surface, and just because YOU’VE never had an issue (the number of times I’ve heard men defending the United Arab Emirates to women…) doesn’t mean everything is perfect.

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Home…

Okay, I’m home, and likely to crash at some point soon! Qantas messed up a couple of A380s worth of people’s flights, and so people were sent off on random flights all around the world in order to get where they needed to be.

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In Dubai, waiting at yet another departure gate.

I was meant to fly directly home, but instead ended up on Emirates (whose staff really need to get their act together – the service and the food were appalling), paying unexpected visits to the United Arab Emirates (where airport shopping was done), and to Thailand (where our departure gate was showing a propaganda video about the greatness of their king – apparently he just about invented everything in the universe).

We were late arriving in rainy Sydney, and very nearly missed our flight to Canberra. However, luck was finally on our side, and here I am back in summer clothes and enjoying the sunny afternoon!

Adding it all up, it was about two and a half days of travel, which is insane.

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