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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 25th 2014

I'd been looking forward to brunch all week long. In fact, it is the only thing that got me through the week at all. I had a very rough Thursday, with trying to get the one report I really wanted out the door and being unsuccessful. At least I got another done, but it was frustrating. Then I had a mid-afternoon site visit on the complete opposite side of town; this site visit usually takes me about 15 minutes - simply checking the rock/soil conditions beneath the pad excavations to verify they are correct. They always are, but they need a geotechnical engineer to sign off on it. I was planning to head home and finish the report so I could have my assistant compile and send out. Of course, this one time, I was kept ... read more
me and Samar
At Double Deckers

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 24th 2014

So far all of my work in music videos has consisted of me dancing, as part of a group of backing dancers, to support the star. So it came as a big surprise to me when I found out that I had been selected to star in a music video in Dubai! I had a couple of rehearsals in Mumbai beforehand, where the choreographer's assistants taught me a brilliant, fast - paced, commercial routine. After learning the choreography I was then told that whilst dancing I would be lip syncing the Punjabi song. This concerned me slightly as I had no experience of dancing whilst lip syncing in my own language, let alone in a language I cannot speak a single word of. Also the lyrics were a completely different rhythm to the choreography I was ... read more
Shopping mall in Dubai
View from Burj Khalifa
On the beach Christmas day

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 20th 2014

Hi all, After a 1 hour delay in Manchester Airport because the sinks on our plane had broke we finally managed to take off and start our trip. First stop Dubai! The flight itself was great after the Emirates staff had managed to reset my TV screen and we had no issues getting through passport control after we landed once we figured out and asked if we were in the right queue. They even opened up a new queue for some of us that had the British electronic passports, which we got right to the front of. The hotel we are staying at is very nice and located opposite the Dubai museum and a couple of minutes walk from the Creek. Over the last two days we have been to the textile, spice, and gold souks ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya January 19th 2014

Woolly says – it seems like years since we last put pen to paper or, if you like, paw to keyboard. I do miss writing the blog and thought it was time to give a bit of a catch up on life in sunny Turkey. Our first few weeks of the year passed quietly and easily where the biggest decisions to make was which part of the balcony to sit on to doze in the sun or which flavour ice cream to have on a walk round the harbour. Our evenings spent watching the beautiful sunsets followed by episodes of Dr Who – I do like Mr Tennant – life was going swimmingly until the keys arrived! With our patience dwindling and our proper apartment standing empty our frustration grew ever higher as the keys to ... read more
Measuring up
This is slave labour!

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 17th 2014

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) have become a somewhat popular stopover destination, mainly through the success of the country's two major airlines (Emirates and Etihad). Up to very recent times, the UAE have been synonymous with its (not capital) trademark city Dubai. In fact, when I was looking for a guide book for the UAE i could only find a "Dubai & Abu Dhabi", featuring several day trips from the two major cities to the other 5 emirates. The cultural capital of Sharjah and the desert oasis of Al Ain have only very recently been put on the map by some fellow travelers. Anyhow, Emirates Airlines it was and Dubai was the place for a 3 day stopover. This is of course a very pleasant change from the icy temperatures of Europe in this season. Trying ... read more


Middle East » Qatar » Doha January 12th 2014

What can I say? Work runs my life here. There are still many projects ongoing, with minimal staff, particularly since this is the busy holiday season. But I've decided to make the best of the year and not let work get to me as much. I took a nice long weekend to Dubai to "sleep" - yes, I have to leave the country to sleep!!! I had a nice flight into Dubai - purchasing e-gate is the best money I have ever, ever spent. Friday was a day of relaxation and going to the mall. This time, I went to Dubai Mall (my favorite is actually Mall of the Emirates) to do some major shopping. I saw a movie, bought some work clothes, met a friend for tea and crepes, shopped some more, had dinner at ... read more
A good dinner
Wholesale Market
Wholesale Market

Middle East » Qatar January 12th 2014

We spent our second day in Doha dodging the rain drops as it rained all day which is very unusual apparently. We visited the Museum of Islamic Arts which was interesting for the exhibits , the architecture and the view from the cafe where the menu was presented on an i-pad but the order then taken with a note pad and pen!!! Then we visited the Damien Hirst Exhibition which David summed up with 'I'm glad I did not have to pay'. We just did not get 'it' and some of the exhibits were plain disturbing eg a severed cow's buzzing with live blue bottle flies! A visit to the souke topped off the day with a wander through the stalls and a light meal and snack.... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha January 11th 2014

My brother David and his wife have been living in Doha for 2 years on a development called The Pearl which has a harbour full of magnificent boats and great views to the city. It is very peaceful as not many of the apartments in the 31 blocks seem to be occupied and therefore neither are the shops but those that are are very up market, including a Steinway piano shop. David took Sian and I on a walk around The Pearl and then a driving tour of Doha (at 15p a litre no one worries about fuel consumption here and David has a huge 4 litre Toyota). Big and expensive cars are the order of the day seen cruising and racing about. Doha is one massive building site of both residential, retail and office accommodation. ... read more

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

Successfully arrived in Dubai last night at aroung 1 am local time. Only a little bit later than expected. We have woken up to a rainy and cloudy day but that is not going to stop us. Another early morning tomorrow for our flight to Shanghai.... read more

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

Our first day in Dubai.... read more
Dubai creek view

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