The company has recently paid the fine for another of their employees following which theyve laid down rules ... youve done the crime, then you do the time. I was lucky I got through without a hitch.
Everything seemed perfect in Dubai….the calm before the storm.
Saw a new HP laptop for 3900 AED with 1 GB Video Ram ….Sorely tempted. May buy
Bought an IOMega Passport 500 GB for 439 AED from Sharaf DG (thanks to the gift vouchers for the work done for the SRC
Visited Kinokumiya and picked up a few interesting books
- Night of the Dragon (Sequel to Day of the Dragon by Richard Knaak) which should tie up the Warcraft story to a satisfying conclusion
- The Silver Eagle (Book 2 by Ben Kane) of the Roman soldiers captured by the Parthians following the defeat of Crassus
- Hood (Book 1 by Stephen Lawhead)
Part 3 : The Return
I had my hard disk in my bag. Was stopped, taken aside, asked to give my passport and hard disk to customs….they ran a check but found nothing UnIslamic (ie porn or propaganda) . Which was very good, since my phone battery had died and if I was arrested, I wouldn’t have been able to even inform anyone that I was in trouble. Though as tense as a bowstring, I quietly read a book and looked unconcerned as they scanned my hard disk – there were just a bunch of TV serials on it, but even small flashes of skin could incite the radicals (In KSA, any bare skin gets blurred on television (if its govt controlled)
My air of nochalance had an unexpected impact. One guy from Airport security asks me if Im British. :) With my most polished accent I told him "Oh No, not really!" For some reason that amused me a fair bit, once I was safe.
Walked out with a song on my lips (not too loud though - Singing in Public is banned here)
This concludes the second month of my exile. One more month to go and I shall be free....