I'm in the process of getting a new passport, which is about as tedious as it is in the UK, with one notable difference. In the UK a new passport costs about 77 quid. Here in Dubai it costs....124!!! I'm not sure what the extra 50 quid is for, maybe to cover the salaries of the gin-swilling folk who are supposed to preserve our safety overseas.....hmmmm.
Another interesting aside - I actually have six months before the passport expires, but Dubai immigration are a bit funny about this and won't let you back in the country if you have less than 6 months on your passport. And given how much travelling I do, getting stuck at Dubai airport could be a reality very soon.
Gordon Brown, if you're reading this, do be a dear and explain the price discrepancy. Ta muchly.