Blogs from United Arab Emirates, Middle East


Middle East » United Arab Emirates July 13th 2014

In November 2014 we will have been married for 10 years. Looking back so much has happened in those years, its been great, but it was nice to take a break from our life and parental responsibilities and chill out, shop and see some sights in Dubai. After our hectic year Dubai was just what was needed, easy, fun and with lots of Ramadan sales on, lots of shopping was done. Special thanks to my Mum, aka Grandma Lois, who watched our 3 kids, dog, 2 rabbits, 2 tortoises and staff for a week :)... read more
Burj Al Arab at night
Souk shopping at Madinat Jumeirah
Burj Khalifa

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 13th 2014

What a pleasure flying in the A380 from Sydney. i did not even feel the 14 hours that it took. Sitting a cafe having light snack before our connecting flight in 2 hours. Hazel is off to have a shower. Gotta run flight is on the other side of the airport. 20 minutes on the airport train and then not sure where to next. Phew arrived on time after a near panic attack. Sitting at the departure gate waiting for another 14 hour flight to São Paulo... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates June 11th 2014

10/06/14 Today we left Agra at the reasonable time of 8:30 a.m. heading by coach to Delhi, a trip of some 200 K’s that took four hours. The reason for this is that even though we drove on a new 6 lane freeway, the speed limit for buses is only 60K’s an hour. However no one sticks to the speed limit because even as the toll road is privately owned and policed no one is booked, due to the fact that authorities believe that if they book someone that person will not use the toll road again. Buses are governed to 90K’s an hour but with tolls toilet breaks etc. it takes four hours to get to Delhi from Agra. The toll booths are manned with boom gates so you can imagine how long it takes ... read more
Agra fort
balloon ride
Dinner dance Agra

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 7th 2014

Back in November 2013, i was already planning for first holiday of 2014 and Dubai came up as something feasible - both from time and cost standpoint. I searched more and made up my mind that its the Oasis in Gulf that we will visit in Feb, just after their DSF event in Jan.Just as we were abt to book logistcs, we felt like checking with few close relatives and we did with both Kaka's and to our delight, Prakash kaka agreed to join us.I booked logistics. Air fare specially b'use i was booking 2 months in advance turn out to be really cheap..approx INR 11k per person return from Mumbai on Indigo direct flight.The savings that we made there, we invested in our stay by booking a really good hotel apartments near to tourist places ... read more
Dubai Mall Entrance
Dubai Acquarium
Burj Khalifa - From The Base

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai June 3rd 2014

Hello all! After a bit of debate I've decided to start another blog for this trip. Just a couple things: firstly, internet, along with electricity and water, comes and goes so I don't know how often I'll be updating this but I'll try for about once a week or so, and secondly, this blog is going to be more of a personal journal so it'll be pretty uncensored and likely randomly thrown together as I jot down my thoughts. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! This whole trip came together really fast and a lot of people didn't even know I was leaving so here is some of the background information. A pretty last minute opportunity to volunteer in Uganda kind of fell in my lap after talking with a professor at the WCVM (Western College of ... read more
Dubai airport
Burj Al Arab


Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 10th 2014

The time had come: vacation was over. In a way, I was a little relieved. Part of that was helped along by looking forward to another fantastic flight in Business Class on the Emirates A380. I had the option of having a car sent to get me by Emirates, but you had to booked 48hrs ahead of time; I just missed it at about 42 hours - grrr.... Oh well. Instead, our hotel booked a car for me - I had asked for a taxi and they said it would be $65 to give to the driver; expensive but fine as long as it was taken care of. When my driver came, it weren't no taxi! It was a black Cadillac Escalade. Not too shabby! He drove me through Queens to JFK on a smooth, uneventful ... read more
tuna and soba noodles - yum!!
beef tenderloin and veggies
Jamie at the Beach

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 6th 2014

Today we head off to the old part of Dubai to see the Gold Souk via the metro and then cab to the souk itself. This is a great old area of Dubai with tiny winding streets filled with shops places of work. This area is a huge contrast to the tourist areas of Dubai and is filled with real soul, sweat shops where dozens of workers sit at sewing machines and boats are unloaded by hand. There are dozens of guys rushing out from little dinghy shops to offer you watches and hand bags, all knock offs of course, you just have to be firm and say no and keep on walking. The river where the Dhows tie up are a bustle of work, sounds and people with the boast loaded high with all types ... read more
Shoes Clothes ... Whatever You Want If You Can Find It
Waiting For Travellers
Transportation Along The Dubai Creek

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 5th 2014

Well here we are again just about to start another long journey and feeling really excited about setting off again. We so enjoy departing for new countries and meeting ‘new’ friends along the way. Even after four years of ‘living out of suitcases’ we still love travelling but miss our family and ‘old’ friends but it is always good to catch up with them again when we can. PROBLEM LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA In our last blog we were just about to leave Cape Town, South Africa having enjoyed travelling around nine countries in three months but we unfortunately left the country on a very sour note! We were stopped at Passport Control as we had overstayed our Visa and we were told that we had to pay a fine. We had unintentionally overstayed the 90 day ... read more
Old Town Dubai
Dubai Mall
With friends in UK

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 5th 2014

Back to the monorail this morning we caught the monorail out to the palms and well it is just spectacular seeing how the other half lives, the most expensive room in the hotel is around 100k per night, I have no idea what the cheapest night is but is well out of our price range. We stooges around for a while, had a coffee in the café adjacent to the hotel, you just can’t get in there if you are not a guest. The next on the list is the sail shaped Burj Al Arab situated on Jumeria Beach and only slightly less expensive than the palms, it is none the less a startling building and well worth the visit. As we are due to go on our desert safari tonight we headed back to the ... read more
Atlantis The Palm
Burj Al Arab
Desert Safari

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 4th 2014

A bright early start saw us at the airport well in time for kick off and leaving the bright sunny shores of New Zealand for the eastern city of Dubai. As is usual with us, leaving home is never without its dramas be they small or large. This time we scored some very cheap duty free booze at DFS, one bottle of scotch I took with us for those little night caps so important on any trip, leaving the other three bottles (not all scotch by the way) to collect on our way home. Arriving for our short stopover in Melbourne the anal retentive Aussie customs would not let me take through my bottle as they said it was not in a sealed bag, duh, how daft are they, we were not even going in to ... read more
The Souk Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall Aquarium
Dubai Mall

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