Driving Between Dibba and Masafi

On a Saturday morning, about a month ago, Michael decided to show me an interesting phenomenon that can be seen in the arid, yet scenic landscape that opens up on either side of the E89 between Dibba and Masafi.… Continue reading

Hellooooo Summer!

According to yesterday’s newspaper, May, thus far, has been the hottest on record with an average of 42°C in Abu Dhabi. Soaring temperatures make being outside unpleasant, and streets around noon often have a… Continue reading

In Praise of Dates

Growing up, the only thing I knew about dates, was that they came in hard compressed bricks that didn’t excite me at all. Later, as a grown up, I discovered fresh dates, and suddenly my… Continue reading

Strolling through a Sliver of History

The Bastakiya (also known as the Al Fahidi Historical District), a sliver of Dubai’s fragile history, huddles close to the Ruler’s Court and the Creek. It has been beautifully restored and allows for a glimpse… Continue reading

What your Diet says about your Religion

A  Filipino staff member at the hotel, also on his way down to the foyer, spotted my Carrefour shopping bags, and asked, “You go Carrefour Madam?” “No, I’m actually going to Spinneys.” “You a Christian Madam?”… Continue reading

Wadi Ghalilah

The low moan of the wind disrupted my pre-dawn slumber. We were meant to go for a drive to Wadi Ghalilah, but as I looked out the window I saw white caps on the… Continue reading

Wadi Kub

“Wadi Koob” the sign reads. “I wonder what is there”, I muse. It is not often that these signs guide one to the actual place it so proudly announces. Silence follows my remark as we drive… Continue reading

Feasting at Pesto

  On my daily walks along the promenade, I have witnessed the slow transformation of an empty space into a beautiful Italian Restaurant called Pesto. As I realised that the end of winter was… Continue reading

Wednesdays are for Women

A Wednesday is the best day of the week to be a woman in the UAE. Hotels close their gym and swimming facilities to men, and women, for once, have a space where… Continue reading

The Joys of Being Home

The transition from traveling to the familiar daily routines of life sometimes take a bit longer than expected. My first two days back home felt surreal, but as the days passed, I slowly… Continue reading