An Evening Under the… Fans!!

After our lovely relaxing drinks watching the sun set over the desert, we were very much ready for the evening’s entertainment.

I had booked us a table at a wonderful place called Al Hadeerah.  It’s the crown jewel of this stunning resort!

For a set price of AED 495 for an Arabic BBQ style food buffet (inclusive of water, soft drinks and coffee – all other drinks are charged separately) you are treated to an amazing evening.  It may seem a lot of money, but you’re paying for dinner and a show!

I’ll explain more about the show and the food in between the pictures and videos below, because they will explain better than my words can! More

Armchair Detectives

I break with my catch up for an up to date event, because I have words in my head that I need to use up!

Last night The Boy and I ended up watching the new Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix. We have always both been interested true crime type things, and so the odd documentary like this is something we both want to watch and don’t have to compromise on!!



Beautiful Bab Al Shams 

After a little taxi nap and swim, it was time to get ourselves together and head off to Bab Al Shams; a beautiful hotel in the middle of the desert.

One of the only things Albert had wanted to do was to ride a camel. Although not a long excursion, Bab Al Shams has this option. It also will let you “hold” a falcon, which was something very much of interest when he heard you could.

This had all been planned before The Boy returned, but when we were talking about it his interest peaked and so we bought him along too! More

Touristing Again!

By 9.30am we had had enough of looking at Dubai from above, and needed to get back to the ground so that we could eat.  Ok, mostly it was me who needed feeding but in fairness, we had lunch at 1pm the day before and nothing since!

The Boy very kindly agreed to pick us up, and come with us for breakfast of course!  It was very special to me as it was the first meal my best friend and my boy would be sitting down together to have.  Big thing.  Huge.  I’ve never been serious about anyone before to introduce them on Skype, let alone all of this!

When we walked out and I could see him standing there waiting for us, my heart skipped a beat.  We have had a few problems recently and he’d only just arrived back from yet another 2 weeks abroad.

Whatever else is happening, I still get excited butterflies when I see him.  Daft, but true.  Thought I would just throw that in there as a bit of a confession! More

Continued… “Near The Top”

So, I totally forgot to add the photos that the official photographers took at the Burj Khalifa to my last post!

They obviously don’t see more than a boy and a girl being out together, so make you pose as you would with your significant other. We were howling.

I order to get copies of all the photos taken, we had to buy two prints. It’s a bit on the excessive side as it costs you AED 600 roughly. However, given how much it made us laugh having them taken, and again looking at them later on, it was worth it!

Here are a selection, because you don’t need to see all 19!!  More

London Has Fallen

As you know, I don’t often post about anything that’s not food, but I feel like I should today.

The Boy came back from his recent trip ladened with DVD’s he’d picked up along the way.  I am more of a Netflix/Apple TV girl, but bless his little old fashioned heart, he still loves buying the DVDs and watching his collection grow.  It’s kind of cute really!

One of said DVD’s was London Has Fallen.  It’s the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Arron Ekhart, amongst others.

If you’ve not seen either of these movies, a) do yourself a favour and watch Olympus followed quickly by London, and b) STOP READING NOW!!

Have a nice photo of Mr. Butler looking all broody and awesome to make sure you don’t read any further…

Right… now…

London Has Fallen scared the crap out of me.  I have never had that reaction to a movie before, because I purposely avoid things that will scare me.

I do love a good action adventure and edging into thriller territory, and have seen plenty of movies that go along the same lines as this one.  In fact, so many that I called what was going to happen a number of times.  That did not stop my heart from absolutely racing though.  I may even have had to have a cigarette break .

Ok, so the whole movie wasn’t too bad, but the opening 20 minutes or so really did shake me.

Why?  Well, because that’s my home city.  All the places I was seeing being bombed to hell and back, were places I had been.

The police uniforms which normally bring reassurance of help, suddenly turned into images of terror as you realised how far this particular terror group had infiltrated society.

What is truly scary is that it’s not so far fetched to imagine.  Not on this scale, obviously, but that there is a sleeper type terrorist who is currently working for the MET?  Yep… I can imagine that.  Do you not remember when they discovered that chap working at Heathrow?  Airport staff get put through just as rigorous screening as our emergency services, so it can happen.

But I digress.  This isn’t a post about the state of our country or potential lapses in security.  It’s about a movie. A great movie.

Like I said, formulaic because you know that Mike Banning  will save the day.  You know that the President will survive.  I guessed the major character who would die within the first few minutes.  I guessed the babies name too.

What I did like is that it was the SAS who came storming in to back up Mike.  Now, personally I think that a member of our SAS team would kick his ass in a one to one, but it’s an American movie so we had to have an American (slipping accent into Scottish at times) hero.  Much as he saved the day, he did it with our chaps and not because they had flown in a SWAT team from the US or something.

I’m babbling again.  I’m not a movie reviewer, rather someone who liked a movie and wanted to tell you all to go see it!

I’ll leave it there I think.  One more point though: I am still going into London when I am home over the holiday season, and nothing will stop me… Unless I hear that there is a full state funeral going on and all the worlds leaders are flying in for it, of course!!!


“Near” The Top – Burj Khalifa

I’ve been in Dubai over 5yrs now, and I’ve never been up the Burj Khalifa in daylight.  To be entirely honest, it’s not really interested me.  I know what Dubai looks like having flown over it, and quite frankly, I think it’s prettier at night.

Had to be done!


Albert of course hadn’t been up it ever so it was time to try something new! More

Postcards from Vienna at the Dubai Opera House

As you may have guessed by now, my bestie was in town and despite the drama that bought him here, I wanted him to see the good bits too. There was enough seriousness and that needed a break every now again again.

After the giant burger lunch at The Ivy, and an afternoon of insane work, it was the official start to the weekend and that could only mean one thing… the Dubai Opera!

Yes, it could mean lots of things but when your friend happens to be a bit of a classical music connoisseur, there is only one place to start your weekend off!

The Vienna Concert Verein were holding a recital called More

Lunch at The Ivy? Why not!

One of the fun things to do for guests when they visit you in Dubai is take them to named restaurants.  The likes of Nobu and Haakasan are easy to get to and fairly affordable for a special treat.

The Ivy happens to be very close to where I work, and easy to get to in a taxi from the apartment. It was the perfect lunch spot choice, and the portions are massive which was needed as we wouldn’t have time for dinner before heading out.

But I’m getting ahead of myself… More

Salt by the Sea

Due to a rather late night gossiping, and then having to work all day (both of us – luckily Albert stayed on the couch for his!), we decided that a nice chilled out night was in order.

As you may have already read (here), his first night had been running about Dubai Mall and Downtown.  For the second night I wanted a contrast and so I put my poor little over tired brain into action, and came up with a genius plan!

Before that though there was a shooter… More

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