From 1993 to 2000, I was working in the Middle East. I started my tour in Kuwait, working for the Institute of Private Education. This was my first time living abroad. I loved the great weather, (around 55°C in June) and the expat lifestyle!
Unfortunately, the desert around the City was out of bounds to foreigners as it still contained landmines from the Gulf War and was definitely to be avoided. Not too far from where I lived, there was a large area of desert containing the remnants of the Iraqi tank divisions. Most were burnt-out shells, but a few looked intact. It was quite a sight.
In '95, I left Kuwait for the red sand dunes of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. I was a teacher at the University General Requirements Unit, known as UGRU, of the United Arab Emirates University. The UAE is a much larger country, with wide open desert between Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, (the country's capital), and Dubai. That's is where I renewed my passion for astronomy. No light pollution problem in the middle of the desert, although we did have to contend with a few inquisitive camels!
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