Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Straight, straight - same, same

I've written previously about Dubai's lack of domestic street addresses which means that when you want to go somewhere and you ask for directions, you're often given directions that are convoluted, usually confusing and sometimes just plain wrong. Also, one person's landmark means nothing to someone else, best one I've heard recently was someone who was told "...look for the villa with the big white flowers outside..." Which wasn't much use as it turned out, the big white plant they were talking about only has flowers in May and this was August. Thank heavens for GPSs.
Yesterday I needed to find directions to the Hilton at Ras Al Khaimah. (Ras Al Khaimah is one of the other Emirates.) I went onto the hotel's own website and found the 'directions', which I have copied and pasted, word for word: At the entrance in Ras Al Khaimah take straight road, pass all round abouts straight, pass the bridge, find Manar mall in the right side and you turn left, after 100 m find Etisalat Building in the left side, keep straight 100 m, you will see Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Hotel (city hotel) in your left side , go U turn, keep straight and follow the sign boards.

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