What would you do if you encounter a blog, a Tweet, a reading material that's obviously, blatantly offensive in nature? Something that shouts racial hatred in your face? The UAE expat community do not take something like this sitting down. We were recently outraged by a blog called Al-Emirati, written by a group of people, mostly locals. … Continue reading Gnarly, racist dude: 404 for ‘ya!
I've written my dislike for driving in Dubai roads before, in dealing with mental drivers who sadly are aplenty. Now the news today took this dislike to a whole new level. A video had been posted in YouTube showing young drivers performing road stunts on Dubai's main SEVEN LANE highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. A pick … Continue reading Completely idiotic Sheikh Zayed road stunts
What's new in desert land? Let me count 'em: There was a sandstorm yesterday - we had dull, gray skies, strong hot wind (blow dryer in your face kind of weather has arrived) and rain! Rain! in May!! Oh well it was just a drizzle just before 7 pm but still very weird weather! … Continue reading Hot weather, hot topic
What is a lungi? The lungi is a piece of brightly coloured silk or cotton cloth that is wrapped around the waist. It is worn in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and other South Asian countries by MEN. Like a wrap-around beach skirt, that is. It covers the legs and usually up to the ankle in length … Continue reading No more lunging around in your lungi in Sharjah
A prominent member of the ruling family, the brother of Sheikh Khalifa (President of the UAE) has passed away in a glider plane crash in Morocco and his body was found only yesterday after an extensive three day search. In true UAE tradition, all radio stations switched to obituary mode immediately, playing ONLY instrumental music … Continue reading No Ice tonight, courtesy of Twitter
We've been experiencing nasty sandstorms as of this writing today in Dubai. I went out to go to the gym during lunch break and amazed how fine sand found its way through my sunglasses to my eyes! I felt the slap of sand in my cheeks, ouch not nice. It's also suddenly getting hot in … Continue reading Sandstorm and good news for Dubai
I haven't gotten over the awesomeness so here's another look at how the tallest building looked like during the opening ceremony. OMG I've got to add this. This must be the BEST Burj Khalifa opening video OF ALL TIME.
Photo credit: Gulf News Yesterday was a historic day for the UAE, especially for Dubai. The world's tallest building Burj Dubai* was officially opened with an inauguration ceremony that could surpass all inauguration ceremonies for a long time. Thousands of fireworks lit up the cool desert night, witnessed by thousands of people from the UAE … Continue reading World’s tallest tower opens in style!
You must have known it by now. It's been exposed that Dubai has a $60bn debt and has sought debt payment delay until May next year. Dubai - a desert city, driven by ambition, huge dream and all things glittering. Anything wrong with it? No. Not at least until we know that Dubai's explosive growth was … Continue reading So the cat is out of the bag now
Dubai Metro was opened a few weeks ago and have to say, I haven't tried it until now. What a shame. We are still waiting for the rush of excited people to slow down a bit. The local news reported that 212,000 passengers rode the Metro in the first four days of its operation! I … Continue reading The Dubai Metro 9-9-9 frenzy: a success!