05-May-2006 -- Hi every one, once again it's me, but this time, from the UAE, the country I've spent 20 years of my life in.
On Friday, 5 May we decided to visit the Emirates' Confluences, even when they had been visited before. But as in the UAE everything changes fast, so we thought there might have been something changed at these positions. And we were not wrong, because most of the roads had changed, so our PDA's GPS map was not trustable, because in many places it was showing a road, but in reality we couldn't see anything. This is the fact about the UAE, everything changes FAST.
We left Dubayy at 8:30 in the morning and reached Abū Ẓaby at 10:00 a.m. where we joined our friend Banytayeb and his partner. We left our car there and continued together with them, it was fun to be with such a funny guy.
The first point we wanted to visit was 24N 55E, but as I mentioned before they had changed the roads, and following the new road, we would have gone so far from the point that we decided to go for that point another time.
We continued our way toward the sea till we reached the point 24N 54E. We left the main road and wanted to go through the sand, but a sabkha didn't let us continue our way, so we had to find another way. We went about 8 km back till we found another road which brought us closer to the point. Luckily, they were building a pipeline; God knows whether that was for oil or for water, but this helped us to get much closer to the point by car, otherwise it was so hot that we wouldn't have survived.
Finally, we reached the point by car – unfortunately, as that area is full desert, I can't give any more information about it, as there is no village or sign board around it. The only thing we could find was a cigarette filter from some person that came here before us, as that cigarette filter was right at the confluence point.
The most important thing I want to mention about this point is that 54E is the longitude line that also passes through my home city Evaz in Iran. An interesting fact is what a difference in climate these just under 4 degrees in latitude make, which is a distance of only about 420 km.
Continued at 24N 53E.