United Arab Emirates

Dubai at night

‘In the right light, at the right time all is extraordinary’  Impressive, overwhelming and buzzing with life during the day, magical at night! The whole city of Dubai lights up as if one big lightshow just for me..

Al Qudra lakes

Right outside of the city of Dubai, in the middle of the Saih al Salam desert lies the man-made oasis of Al Qudra lakes. The project was undertaken in an attempt to make this part of the desert a tiny bit greener and less sandy. And while the Al Qudra lakes are still surrounded by the sandy desert dunes, the blue waters have also attracted stodgy trees and bushes and

The Last Exit - Dubai

1 Whoever came up with the concept of The Last Exit was either a visionary, a very hungry person driving up and down from Dubai to Abu Dhabi every day or a person owning a large foodtruck not knowing what to do with it. Whoever it was and whatever his or her motivation might have been: thank you! Thank you for turning a stretch of desert somewhere between Abu Dhabi

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

1 2 If you look at the city of Abu Dhabi the days of Bedouin life seem to be long gone for its original Emirati inhabitants. You are sorely mistaken though! As little as fifty years ago there was not a skyscraper to be found in the whole of Abu Dhabi and its inhabitants still lived fairly traditional existences. Although development in the United Arab Emirates has taken quite a

Dhow cruises

Claims are made that dhow vessels  go as far back as 600 BC. Used by Arab en Indian traders to transport valuable goods and food via the coast from port to port. Basic dhow vessels were also used by pearl divers in the Gulf, at the height of pearling even resulting in a thriving boat manufacturing industry in the region. The dhow vessels that we see today have all been

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi is not a city that could best be described as a place to discover on foot. In fact, having access to some kind of motorized transport, whether your own (rental) car or taxi, is essential to get you from point A to point B. However, there is one strip of green near the public beaches that allows you to walk, run or bike away for hours without seeing

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

1 2 Just some basic facts when it comes to the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi: it has 82 different domes, four minarets and a capacity of over 41.000 visitors. Construction of the mosque took eleven years (between 1996 and 2007) with more than 3000 workers involved. The project was initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nayhan. The mosque was

Saadiyat public beach

A hotspot for hipsters is what best describes Saadiyat public beach in Abu Dhabi. The crowd here is young, beautiful and mostly western oriented. Saadiyat public beach is situated on the scenic and very green Saadiyat island and is the only “public” beach in this very popular area. The rest of the coastal line of the island is only available for hotel visitors of the luxurious St. Regis Saadiyat island

The Ripe market

The Ripe market – Dubai / Abu Dhabi The Ripe markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are an initiative of Ripe, an United Arab Emirates based organic store. The market stands containing organic veggies, hamburgers, all kinds of sweets and drinks but also handmade crafts are set up on different days of the week in three different beautiful green areas in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Why visit? The

Sandy beach resort, Al Aqah

The United Arab Emirates offers clear skies and sunny weather year round. However, where to best spend your precious off-days/weekends or holidays sunbathing? You could just stay in Dubai, as most visitors and locals, do. I mean laying on the crowded beaches in Dubai Marina or hanging by the pool in one of the local hotels is not bad at all. But what if you have done that already and