Category Archives: Dubai

Dubai Creek – Where Past Meets Present

In the early 20th century, Dubai was a small coastal village inhabited by a tribe—who came from the neighboring emirate, Abu Dhabi—led by the Al Maktoum family.  Unlike its neighboring emirate, Dubai lacked the fertile oasis, so its inhabitants settled … Continue reading

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Flamingos in the Desert

Dubai is known for several things—both good and bad—and one of them is the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa … … and not so far away from this engineering marvel lies a 620-hectare area comprising of  sabkha … Continue reading

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Tea from Syria, Friends from Canada

  I love tea.  I have been thoroughly complacent and happy in my own world with what I was having—regular black tea with milk or the green tea that comes in teabags—until I saw this exotic-looking tea from Turkey.  I … Continue reading

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The Big Fish

    This angry looking fish lives at the Dubai Mall’s huge aquarium.  I think it’s angry because it doesn’t enjoy any privacy and people are constantly taking its photograph.  I wouldn’t be happy if I were in its shoes.  … Continue reading

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‘tis the Season of Dates!

It’s the season to go crazy over dates!  They’re everywhere.  But they look specially spectacular when they’re still hanging off a branch.  I’m told that it’s illegal to just go and pick dates.  So a lot of them just ripen … Continue reading

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The World’s Largest Aquarium Leaks, and Stats Go Up

By the time you are reading this post, you must already have heard or read that the world’s largest aquarium had cracked and leaked.  This Dubai Mall aquarium is home to 33 thousand sea creatures (including several sharks, whose teeth … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces

BBQ at Mamzar Park … Abaya sleeve details … And of course, blue and silver  slippers … AND, I really had to post this one … This was Yemen’s presentation for the Global Village this year.  And they had ONE … Continue reading

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