Published On: Sun, Mar 18th, 2012

Enjoying the Grass in the Deserts of Dubai

When I finally woke up, not sure what time it was nor what time my body thought it was, I went to the bathroom and wasn’t sure if I was seeing double or if there really were two toilets. Or is that a knee-high sink? And what’s up with the shower head next to the other toilet?

Visiting an Arabic country has its small surprises. The extra toilet was for “cleaning” yourself thoroughly. As was the shower head when you had to number two. Hey, who can be mad at a culture that prizes cleanliness next to godliness?

One toilet is for relieving yourself; the other for cleansing yourself thoroughly

There’s nothing wrong with being extra thorough when cleaning yourself.


If you don’t know how much I love Mountain Dew, then you must not know me at all. Mountain Dew is my preferred drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t tell my doctor, though. Something about its high fructose corn syrup. Because in Dubai they use sugar instead, it tasted a little different. But the label is what I found pretty cool…

Mountain Dew in Dubai

Mountain Dew in Arabic looks just as delicious.

So I step out onto the balcony and for a city built in the desert, there sure was a lot of grass out there. Stephen Manjai, Nduku’s brother-in-law, explained how you can grow most anything in sand — it just takes a little TLC and a lot of water. Their lawn, though, was immaculate…

Nduku Malombe in Dubai

Nduku in Dubai enjoying the sun, the breeze and the grass.

Najwa Gaines in Dubai
Najwa Gaines in Dubai

Najwa testing out the lawn with a beach ball.

Najwa and her cousin Alexander in Dubai

Najwa and her cousin Alexander playing with Joy, the nanny, watching.

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.


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