Traditional Dubai

arabic food, shopping, Traditional Dubai

Souk, Souq, Suq

Souk, Souq, Suq

Cinnamon I can smell it as the abra touch-parks at the riverbank. The aromas lead me stumbling up the gangplanks and into a throbbing intersection. I ponder for a moment – safe stroll through the subway, or manic death-wish rush through Deira traffic? I opt for the road – the […]

April 18, 2011 ×

abaya, arabic dress, burqa, niqab, oppression, shela, Traditional Dubai, women

Sheilas in shelas and impressions on oppression

Sheilas in shelas and impressions on oppression

Australian Sheila in dress-ups In Australia, “Sheila” is a term for a woman. It’s fairly archaic now – generally only used by rusty old bogans from the outback, and rarely comes without the obligatory sexist smack on the bottom and a demand for a “frosty one from the icebox” (beer […]

March 25, 2011 ×

Bab al Shams, Beach, Burj Khalifa, Desert, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, karama, madinat Jumeirah, shopping, Traditional Dubai, travel, visitors

Dubai in 48 Hours

Dubai in 48 Hours

Two days – it’s not long. If you were in Paris, you would have enough time to visit the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, and possibly Notre Dame, maybe with enough time for a little cafe au lait and croissant before jumping on the metro, and heading back to the airport. […]

March 12, 2011 ×

bastakiya, breakfast, Dubai, embracing culture, Traditional Dubai

Kitchen Culture

Kitchen Culture

In a couple of months, I will be sharing my three year anniversary with Dubai. I am so happy I am still here, what a wonderful place to live. And now, I will be accepted as a real expat – for those that have been here for a little longer […]

February 9, 2011 ×

Deira, Dubai, fish, Fish Market, lobster, prawns, shopping, Traditional Dubai

The early bird catches the fish

The early bird catches the fish

It’s more than a little too early… I can hear the muezzin to the north, and he is soon joined by the east and south. It can’t be more than 16 degrees, and my heat-accustomed body is shivering despite a cardigan, jeans and boots. It is predawn, still dark, and […]

January 8, 2011 ×

Dubai, Mission Impossible 4, Satwa, shopping, Traditional Dubai

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

Yesterday I was flicking around other people’s blogs, and I found out about tnchick.com and the photohunt challenge. This week it is “Hard to Find”, and because my beloved photography course is finished, I decided that it was best to occupy myself with something productive or I might end up […]

December 1, 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 ×

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 ×

construction, Developments, Dubai, new dubai, Traditional Dubai

Alarm Bells

Alarm Bells

I was awoken two days ago by some particularly annoying beeping. In my half-sleep stupor I managed to clear my bedside table of all the important breakable stuff whilst trying to reach for the iphone. I blindly flicked where the snooze button was supposed to be several times but the […]

October 29, 2010 ×