Umm ar-Rasas, JORDAN

A slender tower looms on the horizon, accentuating a sense of isolation and loneliness that seems embedded in the wide-open expanse of the semi-arid pastoral countryside surrounding it. The tower is believed to have formed part of a… Continue reading

Places to Eat: Arabian Tea House Café – Dubai

Name:  Arabian Tea House Café Ambience:  The fragrant smell of burning oud perfumes the air at the entrance, enticing passersby to step through the decorative entrance way, past a well, and into the… Continue reading

Are You Kidding Me?

I exit from the Al Ras Metro Station, and plunge myself into the sweltering heat of a mid-summer’s day in Old Dubai. I hug the outside of the neighbourhood, in which the Gold… Continue reading

Places to Eat: Comptoir 102 – Dubai

Name:  Comptoir 102 Description:  A combination of café with a small grocery corner, and shop stocking designer jewelery, bags, shoes, clothing, and a variety of décor items and furniture pieces. Ambience:  Casual chic is perhaps the best… Continue reading

Sharjah Heritage Area

The older gentleman, who steps through the gate with me, smiles and returns my greeting. Instead of hurrying off, he beckons me to follow him. I am intrigued, and soon we step through… Continue reading

Sharjah Archaeology Museum

Archaeology, that painstaking science of digging in dirt, patiently brushing sand to one side to uncover unknown treasures long forgotten and deeply buried, is a quest to know where people lived, how they lived, what… Continue reading

Slumbering Days

It is just after 4 am. The first call to prayer for the day invades my dreams. It is the first day of Ramadan. The first day of fasting for millions of Muslims around the world.… 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

Matjiesfontein: Where the Air is Like Dry Champagne

The R318 from Montagu to Matjiesfontein gently flows through Die Keisie, Burgerspass, and the fertile Koo valley, where fruit and protea flowers are grown, before spilling out onto the barren landscape of the Great Karoo, and joining the N1 that connects Cape… Continue reading

Places to Stay: Ruby Cottage – Montagu, South Africa

Name:  Ruby Cottage Location:  On the farm Badensfontein, 5 km outside Montagu on the R318, Western Cape, South Africa. Description:  Ruby cottage is a one bedroom cottage that is decorated in a way that is stylish,… Continue reading