Blogs from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East


Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 26th 2023

World Cruise 8 Publishing while in Dubai on 26th. Dubai today and tomorrow , then Muscat in Oman. Have got into some good book series, some good talks, and craft making, hence blog writing slow! ( Have you heard of the Cazolet series, Chis?) Will do some more after that as 9 or 10 sea days, through Suez Canal to the Med and Valletta in Malta. Friday 10th March Port of Laem Chabang for Bangkok. 27degrees C. 13N. 100E. A Glimpse of Bangkok Early start! Went out to buses a bit early so could check out most comfortable seat for foot space and knee space. It is 2 hours into Bangkok, a long way if you can’t bend knees or move feet… Seat at front not always most comfortable. Roger has fond memories from his trip ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 1st 2023

We take two days to sail to Abu Dhabi. We use the gym and I do chairasize to attempt to keep off the pounds from the lovely food we gorge on..The entertainment is very good. As we sail into Abu Dhabi we get the news that the rate of Covid infection in the ship is higher than the medical crew are happy with. So we are all “asked” to wear masks in public areas, wash hands etc and the crew will deep clean the vessel. Good luck with that, it is huge and with a myriad of surfaces. As long as we don’t become a plague ship refused entry to port after port we’ll manage. Anyway, next stop Abu Dhabi. It is the capital and second largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi lies ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai November 13th 2022

Tuesday 9 May 23 - Dubai Transfer from Venice City to Venice airport went smoothly. Picked up right on time and shared the water taxi with three other couples. bit crowded but it worked. Biggest surprise was at the airport - but keeping in mind it is about 9 years since we last flew out of Venice. Previously when we have flown out of Venice, there was an open air pier area and about 500 metres of walking on uncovered pathway to the Terminal. Now there is significant infrastructure with covered piers and an elevated, covered walkway all the way to the Terminal building. Very well done ! The Terminal area has also ben upgraded. Late afternoon flight from Venice to Dubai - departed Venice 3:35pm - arrived Dubai 11:25pm local time. Smooth flight. Loooong ... read more
Dubai 1 - View from our room at the Ramada
Dubai 2 - Mall of the Emirates Ski Slopes 1
Dubai 3 - Mall of the Emirates Ski Slopes 2

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai August 28th 2022

The one who knocks at the door gets the answer… ~ Emirati Proverb HE SAID... We touched down at Dubai International Airport around 5:30am and trundled into Terminal 3. I couldn’t believe how vast, clean, spacious and quiet the terminal was. It was almost unnaturally quiet. It was only after a few minutes that I noticed the signs that said it was a ‘Silent Terminal’, with no flight or passenger announcements. It was so incredibly peaceful. We literally breezed through customs. As we walked to the baggage carousel, we couldn’t believe what greeted us. Our packs were side-by-side, slowly making their way towards us. With all the hype about lost luggage over the past few months – especially on Qantas flights – we were expecting something to go wrong. We shouldn’t have worried. It was if ... read more
atlantis, the palm
atlantis, the palm
atlantis, the palm

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 15th 2022

I typically don’t include travel to the Emirates as part of my travel blog. It has always been more of a visiting family destination than a holiday one. Despite its sunshine and heat, cleanliness and safety, good food and nice hotels; it’s not a place that I like to visit. Give me raw, rugged, real and Nature any week of the annual holiday season. That said, I can see why some people like it. And the week I visited my sister with my mum was a relaxing one. We ate, shopped, walked, relaxed on clean beaches with very overpriced umbrellas. My favourite meal had to be one at sunset on the beach, toes in sand, sipping cocktails as the sun went down. We don’t get to do things like that very often. I also enjoyed the ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 12th 2022

I know, when it comes to blogging, I'm only around two months late for the moment. But slowly we are getting there. After 5 weeks in Europe, and 5 other weeks in Russia, we board the direct plane from St Petersburg to Dubai. I've been fortunate enough to visit the Expo 1992 in Seville as well as multiple stops in 2010 for the Expo in Shanghai. These were so fun to visit that I couldn't not bring Tanya to Dubai. So this one is easy, it's just a 5 nights stop on our way back home in early March. Tanya has lived in Dubai and I've stopped to count how many time we visited, so the aim was solely about the Expo and having dinner with few friends. Ideal time to visit an Expo should be ... read more
My birthplace pavilion....
View from our crib....I have to admit, below average place, but we are used to be spoiled...
Ukraine one moved into a shrine to peace...

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 2nd 2022

Since I needed a connecting flight to get home I thought I would stop in Dubai for a few days since I didn’t have the clothes to stop in Amsterdam. I also have never flown on Eremites Airlines so I thought I would give it a try. I’ll admit I hadn’t thought too much about the history of UAE so I did some research on my 5 hour flight over. This past December was the 50th anniversary of the creation of the United Arab Eremites. Prior to that it was knows as the Trucial States. But, now they are a collection of seven emirates making up the UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, Ras Al khaimah, and Sharjah. Each state has waterfront, city, then mostly desert. Abu Dhabi is the capital and about ... read more
Dubai Creek
Dubai Marina
Dubai Creek

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 2nd 2022

I was up early on Monday to explore the city. I started in the historic district with breakfast at a picturesque cafe and then wandered the streets and souks. Walking down the narrow streets that lead to mosques as well a small markets was lovely to explore. It was a short time that you didn't feel you were in a huge city. I was able to find the metro to head to the worlds biggest mall. I quickly explored the gigantic mall complete with 1200 stores and an aquarium that you can scuba dive in. It is something to be seen, but talk about over the top compared to Uganda. Just outside is the world’s tallest building; It’s so tall that it gets hazy at the top. I opted to not go to the top as ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 6th 2022

My fifth time back, I started at the opportunity plaza again. This was early February, so not hot, but warmer than I thought. I stopped for lunch here after Vietnam, planning Vietnamese food, but found this nice Korean-Japanese restaurant instead: Kojaki. It was empty and the staff were friendly. I ordered a nice refreshing drink (non-alcoholic) and a bibimbap - it was good and satisfied any craving I may have for it, but it lacked that sizzling hot bowl that keeps cooking the rice and egg as you eat it. My sixth time was in the late afternoon during the week (Tuesday) after I had dropped my car off for service. This time I took the metro and was taken to the main entrance, so I finally got to see Al Wasl plaza. This was a ... read more
Saudi Arabia
Expo main entrance

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai February 5th 2022

Dubai Expo 2020 opened in October.... 2021. So, a year later, we were finally able to enjoy what has been advertised since I returned to Dubai in 2018. My friend does a lot of work there and in the months leading up to it, she was extremely busy and had canceled a lot of our usual meet ups - cycling, drinks, hikes, etc. So, to make up for it, she got me a season pass! Yay! I told her I would get her a spa day for when she finally had the time... Anyway, my friend and I made a few trips early on after the opening before he took his sabbatical to Central America and took delight in "judging" the pavilions. I think we went twice together and I went twice on my own. So, ... read more
Republic of Korea

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