Since we’ve been to Dubai, almost every person I’ve met who asked me about our trip tips their head slightly and says “huh, I’ve never thought of going there. Not for any particular reason it just didn’t appeal”. We were honestly the same, but after a few transits through the airport on the way to New Zealand, and spotting a full-size camel in amongst the duty free shelves of perfume my curiosity was piqued (a… View Post

Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi – One of the most …

Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi – One of the most beautiful buildings in the world

As we turned the last motorway corner, I almost lifted out of my seat. Against the cloudless blue sky, curving white domes rose to meet us, towers stretched along the pavement, and gilded columns lined reflective pools. “It’s….beautiful…” I breathed. Our cab driver had nodded knowingly when we got into his car. “Ahh, you are off to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are you? It is so very beautiful.” Having moved to Abu Dhabi himself… View Post

36 hours in Abu Dhabi

36 hours in Abu Dhabi

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are man-made constructions of steel towering over sand and manufactured coastline, but there is definitely beauty to be found in the desert cities. Whilst on our protracted stopover, there were 4 things we had wanted to do whilst in the UAE; sleep in the desert, meet up with my cousin, cuddle my friend’s new baby and explore the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Anything more was a bonus. Whilst you could… View Post

A night in Dubai desert luxury

A night in Dubai desert luxury

Nestled on a cocoon of cushions, one hand tucked under my head, the other idly running cool sand through my fingers, the camp settled down. Lights blinked off one by one, leaving only the soft crackle of the fire. Our hosts for the night quietly left the Bedouin camp, one or two slipping into in a nearby tent for company, leaving us to the silence of the desert. The quiet deepened* as our camp mates… View Post

Dubai – where desert sands reflect onto skyscraper silhouettes

Dubai – where desert sands reflect onto skyscraper silhouettes

Dubai, the up & coming city state in a constant state of engineering flux, where petrol is so cheap locals barely bother to walk, where the Uber options include helicopters and the desert sands reflect onto towering skyscraper silhouettes. I have to be completely honest insofar as for a variety of silly reasons Dubai never popped up on our wanderlust lists. If it wasn’t for several transits on our way to New Zealand, my European… View Post