Category Archive: Abu Dhabi

Out with the Old, In with the New – Abu Dhabi’s Old Souk

“We do not give up on the places we love just because we are physically detached from them.”  – Elif Shafak I pull the throw over my legs, before I cradle a steaming… Continue reading

Constant Flux – How Changes Shape the Skyline and Experience of Living in the UAE

Nothing stands as a stronger sign of change than when a building or group of buildings are razed to the ground to make space for redevelopment. I’ve driven past Mina Plaza Towers many… Continue reading

Qasr al Hosn – The Symbolic Heart of Abu Dhabi

When I had to decide where and how I wanted to spend my last morning in the UAE, I thought a final visit to its symbolic heart, Qasr al Hosn, would be the… Continue reading

Wrapping Things Up

“One of the fascinating things about humans is that, in contrast to stones and to water and to earth and to fields, they seem to be privileged and burdened with the ability to… Continue reading

Searching For Comfort in Discomfort

“To go in search of what once was is to postpone the difficulty of living with what is.” – Barry Lopez My movements are slow and rhythmic, as the paddle dips in and… Continue reading

Landscapes – A Virtual Travel Adventure

“Adventures will change you. They’ll saturate you with a fresh view of life. They’ll take every foundation you ever stood on and shake them until they crack. Adventures will tear away layer after… Continue reading

Frozen in Time: Abu Dhabi’s Fossil Dunes

“Arid lanscapes bring on big thoughts. A mental aerate of sorts. Life stripped out to reveal the world’s bones, the ancient geology of rock and sand highlighting the puny nature of our joy,… Continue reading

Coffee Architecture: A Place That Feels Like Home

“Coffee has to go through a series of processes and changes to reveal its true identity. If we pay attention, we can taste decisions on species, variety, processing, milling, roasting and brewing. Every… Continue reading

My Favourite Art Spaces in Abu Dhabi

“Art enables us to find ourselves, and lose ourselves at the same time.”  – Thomas Merton –  Warehouse 421 Located in Mina Zayed near the Dhow Harbour, Warehouse 421 has been my favourite… Continue reading

Paddling Through Time and Space

“We have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experiences of being in the world – its spaces, textures, sounds, smells and habits . . .”    – Robert Macfarlane… Continue reading

Dunes, Dust, and Dreams

“Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.” – Henri Frederic Amiel – As far as my eyes can see, dunes ripple towards the horizon in a vast ocean of sand. A full… Continue reading

Bayn: The In-Between

“The drive for change on a physical level in the United Arab Emirates has created a parallel shift socially and culturally. As the landscape began to change, so did the mindsets, the native… Continue reading

Shades of Gold

“This is the ultimate in decadence.” I grin at my husband, while licking away a 24 carat gold flake from my upper lip. “To be quite honest, I am slightly embarrassed by this.” I confess. He… Continue reading

A Place of Worship

Now, in the middle of Ramadan, the summer heat, haze, and dust effectively erase the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from the horizon, where, on a clear day, I can see its four 350… Continue reading

Time Travel Korea

Stepping over the threshold of the Korean Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi, is like stepping into the warm embrace of familiarity and memory. In an instant it is, once again, 26 December 1999.… Continue reading

Etihad Modern Art Gallery and Art House Café

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike The bold, bright primary colours swirling into one another on the canvas shimmer with life. Musab Al Rais’… Continue reading

Art in Abu Dhabi – Departure

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” Thomas Merton The 18 metre long iron ship outside Warehouse 421 appears ghostly against the darkening sky. The day’s heat stubbornly clings to it,… Continue reading

Qasr al Hosn Festival – A Celebration of Culture, Heritage, History and Identity

Our ancestors left us a legacy of traditions which make us proud. Our mission is to preserve, develop and maintain it as an asset of this nation for generations to come. – The… Continue reading

Places to Stay: Al Sahel Resort – Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE

Name:  Al Sahel Villa Resort by Anantara Location:  Sir Bani Yas Island – United Arab Emirates Description:  Al Sahel mimics the best Africa has to offer with its thatched-roofed villas, and décor elements that… Continue reading

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

I am grateful for the opportunity to sit on a comfortable couch. My feet ache from walking through the massive exhibition space of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. The room is… Continue reading