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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
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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

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 3rd 2015

We left Mumbai this morning after a slight altercation with the Indian Police who refused to allow us to enter the airport because we didn't have a paper ticket. We have no tickets it's all been via our passports..,which the Police took off me! Eventually a more senior Policeman took the passports and led us to the Emirates desk to see the list of people they were holding but that was a list of people who had checkedin on line. It took a few minutes for the Emirates staff to explain we just needed to go through to check in (obviously my explanation of the same thing was found wanting!) I think its because in India everything is so paper based. When Brian bought underwear in Marks and Spencer he paid with a card, entered the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 24th 2015

My Tale from Dubai Well here it is my first post to my new blog. I am three weeks on the road now so I have a bit of catching up to do. It all began on the 2nd of January, after long and sometimes emotional good-byes in Spain and Ireland, I finally set off. First stop Dubai. My reasons for visiting to Dubai for more than a day or two was to catch up with Martin and Polina and, after 15 years, meet my old pal from my St Thomas´and ITU course days, Angie, her two beautiful little girls, Sophie and Molly and husband Johnny. Dubai was much as I expected really, a lot of glitz and glamour but not a huge amount of soul. Having said that Angie took me, with her Mum, on ... read more
The Dubai Skyline
Martin

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 21st 2015

Escaping the winter in England seems like a good excuse to get away to sunnier climes and as I have said before I am lucky with the locations my kids have chosen to live ...so here I am in Dubai at Suzanne's for a month. It is now 10 years since I lived here and the changes have been enormous and seem to continue. On my last visits I tried out the new metro and linking busses to get around - this time it's a new Tram system which links up to the metro around the Dubai Marina area and is set to go further in Phase 2. There are also water busses which take you from the Marina all the way to the old Creek area of Dubai. The ease with which you can use ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 21st 2015

Friday 16/1/15Landed in Dubai and have instructions to ask at connection desk re onward boarding pass. All ok and we can just pick it up at the gate. Or not...Another half hour standing at a desk and they agree that a manual pass can be printed and Ian will be allowed to board. Does that mean he will be ok to enter NZ??? All this and it's only just 6am (my time) quite tired really. The flight was ok, got some gluten free food and watched 1 and a half films, hopefully will get to see the other half on next flight. The airbus 380 is massive and unfortunately the gate is not! People standing and sitting on the floor. Starting to board now though. Managed to board watched 2nd half of Boyhood. Filmed over 12 ... read more




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