Saturday morning, driving down the Academic City Road and watching the wee men in the orange boiler-suits wandering through the sand dunes picking up the rubbish from Friday nights revels. And there sure is a lot of it.
Between Khawaneej and the Awir Road, by the sprawling monstrosity that is Dubai's landfill, the desert around the Academic City Road is criss-crossed with tyre-marks. The boys like to come out here to play, especially in the Winter months, on their quad bikes or in their 4WDs. And they stay out late, lighting camp fires and hanging out - some even pitch semi-permanent tents. Friday night is, of course, the biggest night of the week and the ghaf trees and dunes shake to the constant drone of engines.
Judging from the state of the desert on Saturday morning, there's a whole load of eating and drinking going on, too. We saw six men wandering the dunes, filling up black bin bags and then dumping them at the side of the road. Every few yards along the black-top there was another cluster of bags.
Every weekend, they come up here to clean up after Friday night. And every Friday, the lads gather to tear it up on the sand and drop their papers, cans and containers behind them for the boys in the gitmo suits to clear up.
It's rubbish, isn't it?