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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 ×

Bars, Dubai, hotels, Naughty husbands, Nina's, One and Only, restaurants, Rooftop

‘One and Only’ Husbands

‘One and Only’ Husbands

Yesterday at 4:40pm I played SMS tag with Hambone Him: Pissed. Long lunchMe: maybe u shld head home n have a sleep. Don’t 4get dinner w J and N tonightHim: lallllaallllaaaalllllaaaaaaaaaaaaMe: u r abt to get in trouble. U r a very naughty boyHim: rdjudgfffggffffffgghjgjtfhhhaaasass!! Unworthy of a reply I […]

November 2, 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 ×

birthday parties, Dubai, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, iFly, kids, Mirdif City Center, parental madness, shopping, take away

i fly – at least I would if I didn’t get helmet hair

i fly – at least I would if I didn’t get helmet hair

Last weekend was Lion’s birthday party. My first baby is now 7, and (probably due to incessant pizza eating) is now so heavy I cannot lift him. He is also as tall as my armpits – although that is no great challenge, because I think I only miss out on […]

October 25, 2010 ×

Cafes, coffee, Dubai, Dubai Mall, freedom, maids, Souk al Bahar

Solitude

Solitude

Today I had breakfast at Dean and Deluca’s at Souk al Bahar, which is near the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. You know those things that are the biggest of their kind in the world? Funny, I often miss the civilised nature of Australia, but there, they boast “The […]

October 24, 2010 ×