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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 25th 2015

DUBAI AND THE UAE While living and working in Kuwait I have had the opportunity to travel to Dubai and the rest of the UAE on several occasions. I usually rent a Harley and ride thru the emirates. In fact if you go to YouTube and search (henry rides a Harley in Dubai.) you will see a very well made video of me riding that a friend of mine who owns a touring company made. I do have several videos that I did but not near as good as his. This blog will include stuff that I did while on all the trips to the UAE. The first trip to Dubai was specifically for a 2-day motorcycle ride. I got into Dubai late in the afternoon; I went straight to my hotel. I had asked several ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 7th 2015

After several months in Australia, I landed back in the UAE to a hazy and misty morning sky, the air a mixture of fog & sand... the sand pit that we call home stretching out beyond and all around us. Arriving in Abu Dhabi in the early morning, the sun was attempting to break through the haze providing a surreal sunrise. The drive to Dubai was all too familiar, yet so surreal after the lush greenery, gum trees, rugged coast and fresh air of Aus. My head was spinning, even though I had only been a away for a few months, what lay before me was so vastly different to what I had become used to again in Warrnambool, a coastal town in Victoria. Two very different worlds that I am now living between as I ... read more
The Address Downtown from the Boulevard
Souk Al Bahr
Burj Khalifa

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 25th 2015

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April A good start for the big trip: we got to the airport in plenty of time and breezed through check-in in 5 minutes. A bit of playtime for Zachary, Noah, and Jade until it was time to do the farewells and off we went. Very friendly lady at Customs and Immigration (she was very familiar too, I’m sure it will come to me) and we watched the planes and other airport goings-on for half an hour or so before heading to the gate. Onto the half-full plane and away on time. Sadly, Emirates’ service wasn’t what it should be. We waited nearly an hour before we saw anyone to offer drinks, and then when meal-time came we were told we had to pre-order a child’s meal for Zachary, and this ... read more
Waterfall in Dubai Mall
Heather and Ed in front of the Dubai Mall Waterfall, taken by Zachary
The Dubai Dino

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 25th 2015

Saturday 25 April Sadly the whole 100th anniversary of Gallipoli has passed us by. We had originally planned to be in Sydney for this but then that didn’t work out so we opted for London. However we couldn’t get the accommodation we wanted that night (due in large part to the London Marathon being on the 26th) so we ended up in Dubai, where there isn’t a strong ex-pat contingent. Not to worry though as we will go to Gallipoli in July. Our last day in Dubai. A good solid sleep and Zachary actually slept until 7:30ish. This did rather hinder our plans to make an early trip to the beach though so instead we headed out to the old Al Fahidi fort which houses the Dubai Museum. All the exhibits are underground and it details ... read more
Fountain Dance as seen from 124 storeys up.
View from the Top
Another View from the Top.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 9th 2015

So i’m a week into my round the world trip. I’m currently sitting on the plane flying to Colombo, Sri Lanka. I’m lucky to be sat here as I stupidly set my alarm an hour late! Thanks to my friend KT, a Michael Schumacher inspired taxi driver and over 50 ‘excuse me’s’ whilst racing through the airport, I manage to just make my flight - phew! So Dubai was great and bad strange all at the same time. Not a place I would ordinarily visit as it’s very bling and in constant construction and i'd say the overall sense I got was it is one of money, power and partying. But what I did like about this place is the real mix of nationality. You notice sitting on a metro that not one person looks alike. ... read more
Burj Khalifa
Burj Al Arab
Emirates palace hotel

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 15th 2015

On the 26th February I packed up my Osprey 75L backpack and said my cheerios to the family at Glasgow airport. Writing this now it seems like forever ago Mum and I were greeting our wee hearts out. I jumped on my flight to Dubai and met up with Nicky (boyfriend/future ex-husband) who had arranged for some Haribos and Dairy Milk to be waiting for me on arrival to his spacious apartment (Lol it's a audio). The first week was great- dinners out coupled with lovely walks either down to JBR or the Marina - both wonderfully visual modern of Dubai. We parked up at a Shisha Bar called Smokey's, where enjoyed the most delicious Moroccan tea. The second week was class! We visited to the Dubai Mall - these malls are experiences in themselves - ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 16th 2015

d. 11. Februar. Ny tidszone, uret 2 timer frem. Ankom sent om aftenen kl. 12. Kæmpe lufthavn, ikke sparet på noget. Jeg bilder mig selv ind der var pumpet bageri duft ud på toiletterne. Mærkeligt at stå der, og dufte lækkert bagværk dog pludselig blandet med noget mindre lækkert. Prøv med citron duft! – Generelt synes man en del af deres valg er spøjse. Der er massere af penge, og man har lynhurtigt skabt et samfund uden at have megen erfaring at bygge på. Derfor er det ikke alle valg der fornuftigt hænger sammen med deres brug, men mere bare har været en kopi af vesterlandske samfund og deres standarder og ideer. Placeringen af lufthavnen er ikke så gennemtænkt. Den burde ligge ved vandet, så de mange fly ikke fløj ind over en del af byen, ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 8th 2015

Jamie talked me into going to Dubai this weekend; it has been four months since I've been, so I "made the right decision" and hurriedly booked a ticket, packed my bags and left after a long day of work. I got in super later after the usual holding pattern at midnight - definitely every time now. Also, of course, our plane was parked at a stall, meaning a bus. Ugh. Customs took a while (I miss my e-gate!), and finally I got home about 1:30am. It was all worth it. I was able to sleep in until about 9 before we slowly woke up and caught up. I took a nice long shower and tried to find something decent to wear for brunch - we were going to a fancy place and usually the girls we ... read more
Brunch at The Address
Basement Jaxx - Atlantis at the Palm
Jamie at Brunch at Zeta

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 8th 2015

My visit to the great city of Dubai started off as just a stepping stone on my way to India; a trip I was taking soon with my dear friend Natalia and her sister Tati. Dubai is one of seven city states that make up the United Arab Emirates, and it is an exceedingly lavish city. Even flying to Dubai on the Emerites A380 airline was quite a nice experience, and it's definitely one of the most comfortable long flights I've ever taken. Nothing is impossible or too expensive to build here. For example, if you want a huge island in the shape of a palm tree, Dubai says, "Yes of corse we can build that! And that is just the beginning!" There are huge projects in the works for this power-house city, and you can ... read more
Arabic Architecture @ Jumeriah Madinat
The Dubai Desert
Sunrise at the Dubai Desert

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 4th 2015

A lovely day here in Dubai. We travelled in a spotlessly clean air conditioned train through the outskirts of the city to yet another shopping mall. Everything here is inside a Mall..,I guess it's to keep out if the heat especially in the summer. Again it was very busy therevwere 650+ stores plus restaurants and a new cinema in construction. Staying in the residential area is quite a different experience to the tourist hotel zone. It us much quieter in the day as everyone is obviously at work, and the waterfront is noticeably calm. We are very close to the Royal Yacht Club which we walked past but I did not feel suitably dressed to go in! Those we did see were in designer labels and 6 inch heels dripping with gold! But I guess they ... read more
Platform closed until train arrives
Pink taxi roofs and pink signs on public transport define women and children's aread

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