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Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, TRAVEL / Monday / January 28th, 2013

Global Village Dubai


Global Village is an annual fair hosted in the Dubai Desert for the 6months of cooler weather they like to call “winter”. The fair hosts shopping stalls from the entire world, with local products from each of the worlds continents most popular countries. I  spent mosts of my time in the middle eastern stalls picking up a few timeless pieces from Afghanistan & Pakistan as well as enjoying music and food from Jourdan and India. Theres something for everyone with tons of live entertainment showcasing the cultures of the world and great rides for kids and young adults to enjoy and of course tons of shopping to be done — it is Dubai after all! 

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Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, TRAVEL / Monday / January 21st, 2013

Musandam


Musandam is a small town in Oman about an hour and a bit drive from Dubai. The middle eastern fishing village is filled with traditional Arabian styled boats called dhows and fisherman living a modest life. It’s a pretty quiet village with many of the locals using bicycles to get around and fishing to make a living. We took a dhow out on the Persian Gulf to have a look at the vast and beautiful limestone mountains kissing the ocean.  Our captain took us into a breathtaking little cove where we anchored for the day. Before a traditional lunch we took speedboats out to the picturesque beach to enjoy tanning, swimming and snorkeling. There was a quaint house hosting a local family and  2 goats and a donkey who roamed around the beach with us. We were told the owners of the house live on the beach and allow visitors to enjoy their beach during the middle eastern winter ( which is 25 to 30 degree weather!) 

After our swim and a delicious lunch the two tiny speed boats took us across the ocean to see thee most magnificent caves nestled between the mountain and ocean.  The sea breeze was both relaxing and mesmerizing and I had a few gorgeous naps on board (anyone who knows me well will know I describe a comatose nap as nothing short of gorgeous). 

If you’re heading out to the middle east anytime soon, Dubai in particular, be sure to book a Musandam tour – its a tiny paradise to say the least.

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Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, TRAVEL / Tuesday / January 15th, 2013

New Years Eve Dubai


Happy New Year to all our extraordinary readers and supporters! My New Year’s Eve was spent in downtown Dubai with my family, as I watched a remarkable fireworks display take place off the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the entire world! The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra supported the fire and waterworks display with beautiful classical music. (watch here)

Dubai along with Sydney, New York and London had thee most viewed celebration with over 1.7million tourists, expats and locals blown away by the display inspired by the UAE’s national flag colors red, white & green. It was certainly a New Year’s Eve to remember; walking about 3 km to the display with millions of people around us, sardined on the metro and having delicious italian pizza in the middle east was a bit different to my usual mediocre New Year’s Eve spent in Cape Town.

It was really special welcoming 2013 with my loved ones and gawking at all the people and the effort that went into creating such an amazing pyrotechnic display. 
I hope you all had an exciting New Year’s Eve with the special people in your life and my this year bring you love, peace and utter bliss. 

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Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, TRAVEL / Monday / January 14th, 2013

The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

Although my family and I were based in Dubai we were lucky enough to get to travel to a few places in the UAE within driving distance. Our first drive out was to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. Aqeelah had visited it before and told us its a must see so we definitely had to experience this architectural gem built in honor of the late ‘father of the United Arab Emirates’, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE and the 8th largest mosque in the world with capacity for over 40 000 worshipers. The mosque reaches capacity during Islamic holidays and special days like Eid and Jumuah (Friday congressional prayer). 

The mosque has many key features including custom designed Iranian carpets, with the main hall prayer carpet taking two years to complete. Moreover the chandeliers in the prayer halls feature thousands of Swarovski crystals from Germany; with the largest chandelier in the main prayer hall being the second largest ever seen! 

The Kibla wall features the 99 Names Of Allah written in traditional Kufic calligraphy designed by a local artist Mohamed Mandi Al Tamimi. There are also 96 columns. (Tour Guide Voice)

I wish we had spent more time touring the mosque. I’d suggest you stay a while and if you’re muslim it would be a good idea to stay for Asr and Mahrib prayer so that you can see the mosque during the day and at night – something I didn’t manage to see unfortunately. 

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Dubai, INTERNATIONAL, TRAVEL / Sunday / January 13th, 2013

Abu Dhabi



After seeing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi we went on to explore the rest of the glamourous seaside Arabian city. Ferrari’s and Lamboghines seem to be a regular mode of transport amongst the Arab community and my love for beautiful sports cars definitely grew as we drove through the city to get to the beach. Watersports and sailing are the main attractions in Abu Dhabi along with the Grand Prix. The city itself is way more laid back than busy Dubai with lots of family’s taking evening strolls along the beach and even riding their bikes along the designated bicycle sidewalk. After our walk along the beach we went to the local mall to do some shopping and have dinner before heading back to Dubai. I’ve heard lots of lovely things about Abu Dhabi but I much preferred the atmosphere in Dubai as its big city lifestyle is different to my life at home in Cape Town. Its definitely worth it to take a drive out from Dubai to enjoy the quieter beaches in Abu Dhabi or Ferrari world at Yas island neighboring the city. If you intend on taking your families away for a relaxing getaway Abu Dhabi is definitely the place to be in the UAE. 

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