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! Continue reading


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! Continue reading

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!!  Continue reading

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… Continue reading

“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! Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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… Continue reading