Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Fourth of Julai in Dubai: The Celebration

Never have I been more excited to load a flimsy paper plate full of spare ribs, baked beans, potato salad, and corn on the cob! Matt, Lisa and I went to the American Business Council’s July 4th party at the Emirates Hills Golf Course on Friday. We had a blast! The Council really out did themselves, and created such an “American festival” atmosphere, that unless you saw the Burj Al Arab glimmering in the distance, you could really have pretended that you were any where in the US.
The aforementioned buffet was the cause of much excitement, as the selections of American picnic food were dead on! I never remembered liking baked beans so much, but I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder! We were also treated to lasagna, macaroni salad, hot dogs, and hamburgers. For dessert we had our pick of Mississippi mud pie, apple pie, pecan pie, or NY style cheesecake, needless to say, we tried all of them!

The picnic was a “Boogie Woogie” theme, with a live band treating us to classic 70’s music from the states. We pulled some funky dance moves on the outdoor dance floor until we were interrupted with a surprise fireworks display which was paired with “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen blasting from the mega sound system. It was incredibly surreal, and made everyone’s eyes glisten with a little mixture of pride and homesickness.
In case you had any doubt that we would represent the US to the best of our ability check out our coordinating American flag inspired outfits!

1 comment:

udjim said...

'So glad to see you watching the fireworks this time, instead of lighting them. I hope your neighbors across the gulf were notified that this was a peaceful celebration.