Tag Archives: UAE

Let’s Shoot the Amateur Photographers

It’s a beautiful day to explore a deserted town rumored to be abandoned years ago because it was haunted. A town that is also rumored to be off-limits because it is private property, but there is no sign anywhere to … Continue reading

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Jazirat al-Hamra: Ghost Town or a Crumbling Piece of History?

One look at the seclusion and crumbling walls across the main road tells us that we have arrived at the right place. It’s a couple of hours before dusk; we have some time to explore the  area before it eventually … Continue reading

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Crossing the UAE-Oman Border

“How are you doing?” I asked my sister on the phone last Thursday. “Yeah, I’m good,” came the reply, “How about we drive all the way to Oman this weekend?” And just like that, the very next day, we—my two … Continue reading

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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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The 99 Attributes of Allah in Traditional Kufi Calligraphy

One of the several things that prominently stood out in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque  in Abu Dhabi was this wall that one comes face-to-face with directly the moment one steps into the main prayer hall …   We visited … Continue reading

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Visiting Abu Dhabi? Don’t Miss the World’s 8th Largest Mosque.

I do not have the words to describe how beautiful and grand the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is.  It is, in my opinion, the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi since it was built in 2007. According to … Continue reading

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