Sunday 11:30 pm UAE time. Arrived in Dubai and checked into hotel.
Monday Morning. Talking to several SCAA and coffee friends. Great excitement over the first Mideast Specialty Coffee Conference.
Toured Dubai on Monday with Thom Swain of Stockton Graham & Co. and Aaron Kiel editor for the SCAA Coffee Chronicle. Saw the tallest building in the world Burj Dubai, (due to open in Jan 2010). 156 stories 2600 feet tall. An incredible water fountain show at the 50 acre lake around the building and the Dubai Mall. The largest in the mideast. Tried some Turkish coffee (very strong) and checked out other coffee shops around Dubai.
All the big chains from the US, UK and Canada are present. Also several local chains and lots of espresso at other places. We saw the 7 star hotel, the Atlantis Hotel at the tip of the Palm and many other sites, including local shopping, eating and neighborhoods.
Tomorrow is the first day of the conference. Pictures to follow as I can download and size to email. More later!
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