Thursday, 2 February 2012

Is this a camel I see before me? Arab Health 2012

I kid you not. Here I am in Dubai, attending the spectacular Arab Health Exhibition at the World Trade Centre and on a piece of scrubby desert land across the road from my hotel is a camel. Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. I am in the Middle East after all. However, my hotel is just a short walk from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the district I am standing in is amongst the most spectacular cityscape of skyscrapers and hotels in the world.
It provides a break from the usual exhibition conversations. So far, it has been the usual diet of blood screening this and blood transfusion that. Lorne is in the business of blood grouping reagents and to be here is to be a player. Try not exhibiting and everyone starts to ask why you have disappeared.
Another exhibitor takes a look over my shoulder. ‘Yes, it is a camel’, he states and returns to reading an article on blood screening. Or blood transfusion. Something blood related anyway. ‘That’s Dubai for you’, he adds. ‘They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Look around you. We have the tallest building in the world to our right and the Arabian Desert to our left. The whole place has been designed by a committee.’

I think he may be right.

1 comment:

  1. Great information about blood tansfusion!