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Strolling Along Dubai Creek

The life you see around Dubai Creek is a stark contrast of what modern Dubai is known for. On my last morning in Dubai, I strolled along Dubai Creek because someone recommended that it’s the best time and place to stroll and photograph whatever life is there around the creek.

The Divers at Dubai Mall Waterfalls

Dubai Mall Waterfalls is spectacular!  Dubai Mall won’t stop surprising you with lots of things to do. It’s a mall not just about shopping but there’s also so much work of art everywhere. There’s one installation art that impressed me most—the Dubai Mall Waterfall where silver-colored sculptures of divers complement

Souk Madinat in Dubai – A Little Arabian Town

Souk Madinat in Dubai is built like a little Arabian town, a clean version of a town. Don’t be intimidated by its grand entrance, fort-like walls, and detailed arches. They’re designed to make you feel that you’re in a different realm in the Middle East. And once you step inside,

My Camel Visitors

I have camel visitors today – when I woke up at 12:20 PM. When I looked out the window, these desert creatures came to pass by our apartment. Camels are usually seen far from where we are but I guess, this morning is an exemption. They hanged out below us

Burj Al Arab Dubai is Not a Seven-Star Hotel

Burj Al Arab Dubai is not a certified seven-star hotel in the world. You read the title right. No one ever rated it as such. In fact, its website doesn’t boast itself as “the only seven-star hotel in the world.” No, they don’t use that, too, in their advertising anywhere. Also,

My Own Walking Tour in Abu Dhabi

I had my own walking tour in Abu Dhabi. I figured it out using Google Map. My Lonely Planet Guidebook didn’t even have one—which I understand because Abu Dhabi is not a walkable destination. You’ve got to have a car to go places of interests. While they have public bus

Frolicking in Al Ain Desert

Al Ain Desert was the first desert I set foot in United Arab Emirates. On the first weekend I arrived in Abu Dhabi, my brother drove us to Al Ain for a desert fun, aka, Wadi Adventure. After we checked in at Resort One to One, my brother’s friends whisked

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is where you should stay—if you have the cash to burn. This hotel spells luxury and opulence of the Emirati world. “Everywhere around”, as my brother said, “is pure magnificent!” For now, I can’t afford. But, if they’ll give me 60% discount (of their cheapest

Photos: Desert Sunset

Desert sunset is breathtakingly magical. Behind the sea of sand, the orange ball goes down like a ball of fire, leaving an impression that makes us all sigh, hoping to see again the next day. As a sunset whore, I made sure that I had less time taking pictures than

Dubai Sunset

This is not really Dubai sunset at its best but these photos were taken close to sunset. I took these while on a bus on our way to a desert sunset safari somewhere 45 minutes drive from the city. Since my camera isn’t that great in moving situations, I had

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights is, perhaps, associated with talented belly dancers showing off their dancing prowess to the delight of the crowd (mostly men?) while breathing their hookah in and out. Throw it with an rhythm of the inviting arabic music and the air is filled with amorous desires for mid-eastern beauties

This Vending Machine Dispenses Gold

Yes, this vending machine dispenses gold! Like, seriously! I might be the last person to ever know about this, but I was really dumbfounded when I saw this at The Atlantis in Dubai. Ok, I heard about this before but I thought it was just a crazy idea. But, when

The Historical Bahrain Fort – Land of Immortality

I was in Manama (Bahrain) for three days and two nights—and the whole time I was there, it rained. It did stop a few times during the day but it’s murky cloudy and then rain showers would come back and forth. I didn’t really explore the city much, except visiting

The Robot at Yas Mall

This robot at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi didn’t fail to amaze me. I don’t usually blog stuff like this but this one is an exemption. Not because it’s a Transformer robot but because… It’s 20 feet (6 meters) high. And it’s made of scrap metals. When I was standing in front
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