25 Cross the Creek by abra for Dhs1, or pay around Dhs15 for a creek tour from the abra stations in Bur Dubai and Deira.
26 Or try a five-star, new abra at the Madinat Jumeirah – officially for those staying or dining there (www.jumeirah.com).
Felix Burton, Basement Jaxx (played at Chi on April 15): ‘We went to a waterpark, we were playing golf yesterday and we’ve done some quad biking, so it’s good – we’re managing to tick a few things off that we’ve never done. It’s not a bad place to be stranded, really. [Band member] Simon was saying he quite fancies DJing again. I wonder if we can find somewhere to do that?’
Dave Cattanach, F&B manager, The Irish Village: ‘I’m supposed to be going back to the UK for my best friend’s wedding. We were born three seconds apart in the same hospital, grew up together, travelled to Italy to see our football team play when we were kids It’s not something I can get angry about. Strikes are one thing, but you can’t do much about volcanoes.’
Mikkas Skulstad, Djuma Soundsystem (played at Madinat Rooftop on April 15): ‘We’ve been to the beaches and are having fun, but we don’t have a lot of money so this “holiday” might drain us! But there are worse places to be. We became close friends with Seiji of Bugz in the Attic [who played Chill Out Fest on April 16] and we might work on some beats with him while we’re here.’
Jenny Wood, Dubai resident: ‘I came home to Aberdeen for a family wedding on April 7. I was due to travel back on Thursday 15, the day the dust started. I’ve been rescheduled several times and am hoping to get back on Tuesday, but I am doubtful about that. I miss the sunshine!’