Bay Square

There is a little known area behind Downtown called Bay Square.  It is technically Business Bay but it is, in my mind, too far from the main area to count!

It isn’t going to be little known for much longer though as there is a Double Tree by Hilton that is just open, and they are actively working to get some of the Downtown Crowd to come by with events like The Laughter Factory, daily happy hours, and a Pizza Express Live soon opening.

Located just behind South Ridge, it isn’t far to go for a pizza and glass of wine, so I rather suspect this quiet little office and cafe area is going to become very busy. Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve, 2017

When in Dubai for New Year celebrations, there is only one thing you should do… you should see the fireworks at the Burj Khalifa.  Sadly this year they announced that the fireworks were cancelled and were being replaced with a light and lazer show.

I cannot tell you how disappointed I was.  The only other time I have seen it there was a fire at the Address and half the fireworks were covered by the black smoke billowing from the burning building.

I was even more disappointed for Mum who would have never seen a firework display of that magnitude before. Continue reading

Winchester Winter Market

On one of his many long drives the other week, The Boy was listening to some or other grown up boring chat show type radio programme and was highly entertained to listen to a discussion on the appalling state of the ice and size at Winchester’s temporary ice rink.  He was also amused by the very eccentric local MP that came out in defense of it all.

A week or so later it was all forgotten as Mum and I made a plan to visit a Christmas Market.  Something must have stuck as without discussing our plans with him, we decided we all had to go to Winchester.

As we drove down we had the chat again and wondered about the state of the ice now.  Had it improved?  Was it any bigger?  Burning questions, naturally! Continue reading

A Very Versace Weekend – Pt.1

I’m an Aunty again!  My wonderful sister had her third child on Wednesday and he is utterly divine!  Naturally this had to be celebrated, and so we celebrated in expat style… with a brunch!

There are so many on offer at the moment that it was a tough choice, but after reading Lil One Of The Ashes review on Giardino it became a lot easier.  A brunch with pool access is combining two of my favourite things… even more so when The Entertainer’s monthly offers has a 241 voucher!

6am Friday morning I was up and fretting though.  What do you wear to the Palazzo Versace when you’re not even a plus size model shape?  (Plus size?  They are a UK12.  That’s called human.  Grr!)

The answer came to me in a blinding flash of inspiration: Continue reading

Ripe Market, Al Barsha Pond Park

I am a food fan, in case you’ve not guessed.  I love pretty much all foods – except anything with those pesky nuts in!  When a friend of mine offered me a trip out to the local organic farmers market, I jumped at the chance!

I was slightly more prepared this time however.  I had been to the one at Zabeel Park a couple of years back so knew it wasn’t going to be an amazing Farmers Market situation going on.  Always good to know that in advance so I didn’t feel the crushing disappointment again!

The Ripe Markets have grown since then and now have two locations in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi.  I was thankful we were trying out the Al Barsha Pond Park market because I knew what a nightmare parking was at Zabeel Park.   Continue reading

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! 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