Friday, July 24, 2009

Memories of my trip to Dubai in 1999

While looking for new photos to use for Twitter & FaceBook ID's, I found pictures from my 1999 trip to Dubai. Wow - that was nearly 10 years ago now! My equine artwork was exhibited in the 3rd Annual Arab Horse Expo in Dubai. My Australian artist friend, Anna Maria Place, traveled with me across the globe to help me at this equine-themed trade show.

The Horse Expo was a successful event, and we met horse enthusiasts from around the world. One of my best original drawings, "Clean Round," sold to a customer from Germany. While the trip focused mostly on work, Anna Maria and I made the most of our time there and took in as many tourist activities as possible. Those activities included a Dhow Cruise, a shopping trip to the Gold Souks in Dubai City Centre and a Desert Safari trip in jeeps. We even stopped in Amsterdam for a day on the way home.

The Burj Al Arab was just being completed while we were in Dubai. This was before much of the rest of the world heard about it! We were fortunate enough to be treated to a private tour of one of the racing stables. Among other things, we watched as horses did their therapeutic workouts in a 1/4 mile swimming pool! Anna Maria and I also attended a fund-raiser dinner as part of a golf event, where several of my donated works were auctioned to a wonderful supportive crowd. These pictures sure brought back some great memories - it was the trip of a lifetime!