Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Yes, we have no petrol.

This was one of the last things I expected to happen in Dubai: Last night I was driving home with fingers crossed that I wasn't going to run out of petrol as Madame's fuel gauge was showing below empty. I pulled into a petrol station only to be told that, incredibly, they had run out of petrol "No Madame, khalas, feeneesh". How could a petrol station in Dubai run out of petrol? That would be like a NZ butcher running out of mutton. Brings to mind "The pub with no beer" but that would be soooo inappropriate wouldn't it?

Sunday, 5 October 2008

The car they say isn't here, is here.

If you've read September's 'AutoCar Middle East' you'll no doubt have seen the review of the new Dodge Challenger SRT8. To quote the article in the latest issue the SRT8 is "....not due on sale here (the M.E.) until November/December." Well, nobody's told the boys at Al Awir about the car not being available until the end of the year because not only is there a drool-worthy SRT8 in bright orange out there for sale but there's a second one in black too, and the evidence is above. The reporters at 'Auto Car' went all the way to London to test drive the Challenger when they could have stayed in Dubai and done the test drive down the Dubai truck road on a Friday morning.