Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
GETTING "LUCKY" IN SHARJAH, UAE
If you recall from the blog “Settling in a Foreign Country,” Roger and I had embarked on a desperate mission to find “Lucky’s” and “Pinky’s” furniture outlets in Sharja, the Emirate (state) just north of Dubai. After a three hour search Roger finally called it quits and offered me a blank check to purchase furniture if I could find the place. Ever up for a challenge, it took only one phone call to my friend Anne O’Connell to locate Debbie Nicol who knew the way to Lucky's! Needless to say I took copious notes on how to get there.
On this trip, we are looking for a wine cabinet. Yes, Roger finally received (I am not allowed to have one) his UAE Alcoholic Drink License that proudly proclaims “Roger Foster Alcoholic.” Also, on the need-to-have list is something for my shoes. In Dubai, I think ladies do not purchase a lot of shoes because the apartments have no accommodation for shoe storage. For those who know me well, this is a major problem. My granddaughter Brooke shares my passion for shoes. Our mantra, borrowed from Cinderella, is “One shoe can change your life!”
On my first trip, I saw a beautiful wood sculpture of a woman that I thought would look great in the living room. I wanted Roger’s approval before I brought “another woman” into our home! Unfortunately, he does not fall in love with her as I did so we pass on this item.
The search for a piece to house my shoe collection – this collection is never dwindling – is a little harder but I finally spot a beautiful cabinet with carved elephants. Again, Mohammed graciously adds additional shelves to accommodate my vast array of shoes and enthusiastically agrees to giving it a darker stain to better blend with our other pieces.
We are now proud members of Mohammed’s family – especially since I think our purchases put his first son through college. We highly recommend Lucky’s and encourage anyone interested in beautiful, unique pieces of furniture at affordable prices to make the trek to Sharja – directions are below. Remember, there are limited street signs or numbers in the UAE so the directions are mostly by “landmarks!” Good luck! Please tell Mohammed that Roger and Katie Foster sent you!
The Other Woman . . . Roger changed his mind and agrees that he needs another woman in the house so I am going for one more trip to Lucky’s to pick up my newest girlfriend. I think she will be a beautiful addition to our bedroom .. . figuratively speaking of course.
Directions from Dubai:
1. On Emirates Road head towards Sharja
2. On right go past Mirdrif Mall and look for Belhasa Construction
3. After overpass take Exit 64 to "Industrial Area"
4. Follow "Industrial Area" signs and go beside next overpass (you should see "National Paints" sign on the left in the distance)
5. At "National Paint" roundabout (under the overpass) go left
6. At next roundabout go left (should see Supra Fab sign)
7. Go to end of road and make U-Turn
8. Take first right . . Lucky's in on your left - 3 white warehouses with yellow doors.
If you get lost just call and they will help you.
050 632 7071
05 534 1937
Timing: 9:30 AM to 01:00 PM – 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM