30 August, 2007

SAND-X DUNE VEHICLE in Dubai

www.sand-x.com




18 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is advertising for a commercial product/company, isn't it? Should this be here?

SevenSummits said...

Certainly this should not be here! :- (
Ah yes - and thanks for destroying the fragile UAE environment even further – future Emirati generations will appreciate your greediness, while paying the price!
Don’t you have any social responsibility?

i*maginate said...

sevensummits your comments are so annoying at times, what with your moralistic lectures.

Thank goodness this comment spans just a few short sentences!

Anonymous said...

It's a good point though, riding those things around in the desert can't be only good for the environment. There's too much destruction already in the desert, and trash thrown all around, now this too...

i*maginate said...

Yes, anon, we should just stay at home, breathing through our nostrils, inhaling that deadly A/C too. The destruction that A/C does to the planet! tsk tsk!

Anonymous said...

I didn't say that i*maginate, but thank you for that uplifting comment. I just think there are environmentally more responsible ways of enjoying the outdoors. And why is this post still on here, moderators?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps if we all just hold each others hands and head to the bar and have a drink, maybe that way everyone will be happy.

Best Regards,

Your friendly lowlife double crossing expat from planet Shithole.

i*maginate said...

haha anon 10:24 I think we could become better friends that way

anon 9.56 please suggest some
"environmemtally responsible" ways one can enjoy the outdoors.

I, for one, would love to know. :)

SevenSummits said...

I*maginate, I would suggest walking or running, since it stimulates cognitive skills!
Your ignorant comment is the best example of how the awareness campaigns of your institutions (designed by foreigners of course) have hopelessly failed. Well they reached Germany, but not the local crowd – wonder why nobody will be surprised!
Maybe you should take a closer look at the increasing significant weather phenomena in your location – since you like to talk about the weather! The progressive number of dust storms, as well as the constantly increasing temperatures in Dubai (plus a recorded “heat island” effect) should start to activate your brain just a little. Now if this is too much to ask, maybe the constantly increasing health problems, such as respiratory–related illnesses, that are especially common in Emirati children should worry you – as you seem to like children! No????? Sad! Well since these dust storms act as carriers of various types of pollutants, especially heavy metals, than maybe the fact that the exposure to fine particulate matter contributes to the already recognized learning disability in young children in your country. [All a Western myth, correct? We are all eager to harm you with our terrible comments!] Well apart from the fact that the concentrations of carbon monoxide, lead, and suspended particulate matter in Dubai already exceed World Health Organization guidelines – but than that is kept a secret and anyone leaking the information to the outside will be in trouble. Still it has! :- )

But currently maybe there is no need to worry, because the constant degradation of your surrounding fragile desert environment and the unhealthy / unpleasant living conditions that come along with them, will mainly add to the plight, exclusion and neglect of the urban poor and as we all already know (and tolerate!) you don’t give a damn about those.

PS: If my comments are annoying you, I would suggest NOT TO READ THEM – that is maybe a feasible solution :P.

@ Anon :- )
Waste management is certainly another big issue, but I didn’t even want to get into that. Good news here is that this is something that involves the possibility of big business and money, so there is actually some local interest in that matter. Not as in “how to reduce it”, if you know what I mean :- )

i*maginate said...
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i*maginate said...

Hey there sevensummits, hope you're doing well. In the light of all the pollution in the air, I wonder if enough oxygen is getting to your own brain. I do find your comments annoying and sometimes your attitude too - but that is only an opinion, and shared by a couple on here. You do have some interesting things to say at times, though.

I asked genuinely what ways of "enjoying the outdoors" are because I'm not an environmental expert; neither am I exposed to so much information about the environment as you guys in Germany are. Yes, I am ignorant on this subject and I admit it - thanks for the suggestions, and the interesting info.

And by the way, before you go claiming some of us don't give a damn, why don't you give some constructive criticism as to what individuals can "do" to alleviate the situation you describe.

Keenly awaiting your suggestions.

i*maginate said...

Hey there sevensummits, hope you're doing well. In the light of all the pollution in the air, I wonder if enough oxygen is getting to your own brain. I do find your comments annoying and sometimes your attitude too - but that is only an opinion, and shared by a couple on here. You do have some interesting things to say at times, though.

I asked genuinely what ways of "enjoying the outdoors" are because I'm not an environmental expert; neither am I exposed to so much information about the environment as you guys in Germany are. Yes, I am ignorant on this subject and I admit it - thanks for the suggestions, and the interesting info.

And by the way, before you go claiming some of us don't give a damn, why don't you give some constructive criticism as to what individuals can "do" to alleviate the situation you describe.

Keenly awaiting your suggestions.

Kyle said...

(plus a recorded “heat island” effect)

Se7en, what this? And how does it effect residents here?

New rookie resident here, write in English please - LOL

Danke :)

SevenSummits said...

Kyle,
A simple and suitable definition according to the US EPA could be:
“The urban heat island effect is an increase in temperatures in the urban core compared to surrounding areas. The size of the urban centre, the type of urbanization, urban form, function and land use all contribute to the effect. As villages grow into towns and then into cities, their average temperature increases 2 to 6°C above that of the surrounding countryside."
Phoenix would serve as a good example in the US :- ) Further interesting information can be found at Wikipedia (Heat Island Effect)
and even the Gulf News dared to report about it in the usual fashion [Normally I would warn anyone about the misleading and often incorrect information this paper is spreading, but this one is reasonable and one can certainly read between the lines]

Of course this concept is part of the conceptual desertification and urbanization problem in drylands, but most certainly the UAE will not allow any serious scientific research to be conducted in this respect. [Unless someone is ready to waste entire forests of paper to write totally fictional and distorted “everything is perfect stories” in return for lots of cash :- (] Even a blog on this topic would be instantly banned, so no need to get hyped up about the idea.

Less hostile (don’t I love this word :- ) ) are Saudi Arabia or Kuwait in this respect and very interesting research has been conducted primarily by US climatologists in this region using satellite-based data. (e.g. Shepherd, J.M., 2006. Evidence of Urban-Induced Precipitation Variability in Arid Climate Regimes, Journal of Arid Environments)

Who is the new rookie?? Must have missed something …. ????

Cheers ...


@ my SPECIAL Princess: Will I make you feel better, if I tell you that I didn’t care about these things two decades ago either? :- ) Nobody is perfect and I know that it is an inconvenient truth! You already know that I also love my ride and that I live a forest! There is no need to tell you the solutions because you can read all this in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (synthesis on Desertification and Urban environments) or at the UNCCD/ UNEP/ and so on….
On a serious note, what would be most important in your special region would be to CREATE SERIOUS AWARENESS AMONG THE ELITES, before even trying to attempt this among the general public. As sad as it is, only a top down approach can work within your social structure …. But, no need to worry, I don’t feel like seeing a UAE prison from the inside and you wouldn’t visit me after all. :- ( So I prefer to tell those means facts to leaders in Saudi and Kuwait, where they usually a least listen and do have quite a lot of respect for the scientific facts. This does not mean that they will do enough, but at least they will not harass you for it!
Big hug ….. and peace my dear!

i*maginate said...

"what would be most important in your special region would be to CREATE SERIOUS AWARENESS AMONG THE ELITES, before even trying to attempt this among the general public."

moin moin, sevensummits, thanks for the response. :)

You have still not contributed any suggestions as to how I myself can contribute to the environment by enjoying the outdoors in "environmentally responsible" ways.

We're back to square 1. The post has a photo of a quad bike. Next, you bring up the environment, and claim some don't have "social responsibility". Walking and running is what you suggest. Anything else? How about cycling? OK, now I can think of a few.

I asked for suggestions and then you come back saying the general public won't have much effect on the environment..?!

Imagine, if loads of people read this post and read actual suggestions you would have given to how individuals can make a difference, what effect it would have to the environnment! Giving proactive suggestions: isn't that more "useful" then, instead of stating everthing needs to come from the "top"?!

See you "an die Alster" ;)

tschue---uss! ;)

clayfuture said...

why dont you all just shut up and try dune bashing or quad biking in the desert? and THEN tell me if it's not fun!! social responsibility... environmental damage.. blah blah blah...... its the desert.. just have some fun u boring old farts!!

:)

i*maginate said...

clayfuture, you are SO environmentally unfriendly! For goodness sake...! :P

clayfuture said...

its fun fun fun!!! :P

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