Archive for November, 2010

carpet, Dubai, salesmen, shopping, Traditional Dubai

The magic carpet ride

The magic carpet ride

Once a month, Mr Ahmed guns his old land cruiser over the sand in front of my house and knocks on my door. He always greets me in Arabic, living in the hope that one day I will finally remember more than how to say “hello”, “beautiful” or “god willing”. […]

November 29, 2010 ×

Arabian Ranches, Beach, Desert, Dubai, House of Colour, Jumeirah Jane, rant, where to live

The spleen of the desert.

The spleen of the desert.

In what will prove to indicate the surreal la-de-da quality of my “housewife without work” life, this morning I attended a “House of Colour” morning in the Arabian Ranches. Now, you may be surprised that I am not going to discuss the morning – which incidentally was not a religious […]

November 28, 2010 ×

Armani Hotel, Bars, hotels, manhattan

Drink Drank Drunk

Drink Drank Drunk

This drink got drank and then I got drunk. It’s a Manhattan at the lounge bar at the Armani Hotel Dubai, and it was delicious. It was followed by shenanigans at Hashi – more here. Taken with an iPhone, so please don’t judge my photographic skill on this one – […]

November 28, 2010 ×

kids, observation, wedding

Children v none

Children v none

Last weekend I was treated to a wedding where a surprising number of the guests were childless. These people are unofficially known as our “cool friends”. Is it uncool to use the word cool now? I’ve no idea. Anyway, I made several observations that I would like to share. Not […]

November 24, 2010 ×

Abu Dhabi, camels, Dubai, Eid al Adha, Emirates Palace Hotel, hotels, waterslides, weekend break

Queen of the Emirates (for a day anyway)

Queen of the Emirates (for a day anyway)

Eid al Adha occurred last week. It is a three-day celebration about 70 days after the end of Ramadan, beginning with Arafat day (named after the awful time Abraham had on mt Arafat thinking he was sacrificing his son to a cruel God – fortunately God was kind and swapped […]

November 21, 2010 ×

Armani Hotel, Armani Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, hangovers, Hashi, hotels, restaurants

It’s all Georgio’s fault.

It’s all Georgio’s fault.

Sigh….. I tend to write about hangovers. A lot. Anyone reading this might assume that I like a drink. A lot. And they would probably be right. I actually even graduated with a diploma in alcohol (wine marketing at Adelaide university). So I like a drink enough to have allowed […]

November 14, 2010 ×

Beach, Beach Bar and Grill, daydreaming, Dubai, Friday Brunch, hotels, kids and dining, Lunch, One and Only, restaurants

Floating by the beach

Floating by the beach

I don’t think there is a more pleasant position than lying in grass in a mild tropical climate with a full belly and the sound of a warm breeze rustling through the palm leaves only just louder than the clinking of glasses in the near distance. I am trying to […]

November 13, 2010 ×

aquarium, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Dubai Mall, ENT for children, restaurants, shopping, Social House

Bigger is better

Bigger is better

Yesterday I watched my 7 year old son recover from sinus surgery. It was traumatic – the crying, the fainting, the nausea, and Lion had a terrible time of it too. Less said the better, but at least I can recommend a good ENT now that my two snot-monsters have […]

November 8, 2010 ×

Arabic celebrations, Dubai, embracing culture, Traditional Dubai

Back to my Sandpit

Back to my Sandpit

Do you remember last week – I was having anxiety attacks about the number of construction vehicles on the vacant lot outside my house? I was concerned that the Dubai construction boom might actually be back, and it was starting 25 metres from my youngest son’s bedroom. There were whopping […]

November 3, 2010 ×