The roads are completed. You can meet actual locals anywhere. You can see women's faces. There are geographical features. Locals wear colours, the hats and dishdahes are handwoven patterns.
Then there's the Chedi. Sophisticated resort on the beach. Date palms. White walls. Arabic design. Top service. Sun, pool, cocktails. Sleeping.
Went to the Grand Mosque today - it's new, and has representations from all eras of Islamic design. World's largest carpet, world's largest chandelier. Tall minarets with craggy mountains behind.
A diplomat shown through and his army guard taking of their boots before going inside the mosque.
We are about to have a spa, my first. Could we be more relaxed?