An Ode to the Ripe Market

Ripe Sign

I am in love with the Ripe Middle East.

A company composed of weekly organic food and craft markets, a stand alone shop, and online delivery service, it is so wonderfully pleasant.

When I first moved to Dubai, I thought I was destined to a life of wilted lettuce and other subpar produce that didn’t taste as it should (completely dramatic, I know). Continue reading

(Unexpected) Camel Spotting in the UAE

Camels crossing sign

I’m no camel enthusiast, but I’d be lying if I say that I don’t squeal with delight every time I see one.

While at times Dubai can seem like every other city, with its tall buildings, manicured green shrubs, and big paved highways, there’s nothing like an unexpected camel sighting to remind you that you’re really in the middle of the desert. Continue reading

5 Tips for Working in Dubai – or anywhere

Working in Dubai has been an incredible learning experience.

One of the most valuable things has been my experience working with so many different cultures.

My office is a perfect example of that – an international organization in Dubai, with people from many different cultures and places represented.

When we think of multiculturalism, it’s mostly the different languages, foods, and ways of dress that come to mind. The things that are easy to see and allow us to think that we understand different cultures.

In her blog, Janine’s Music Room, Janine describes these things as the tip of the cultural iceberg.

However, there is so much more beyond that. Beliefs and assumptions, body language, humor, relations to authority. Things that you don’t always see when we celebrate multiculturalism in tokens.

iceberg

Courtesy of Janine’s Music Room – October 19, 2014

As I reflect on my past year in Dubai, I realize what an education it has been in understanding different cultures, and what it means to work with people who have different ways of being both within the workplace and outside. Continue reading

Camping in the UAE: 24 Hours at Al Qudra

Camping at Al Qudra

People are always talking about camping around this time of year, trying to get a few trips in before the weather becomes unbearably hot.

Talking in theory is one thing, but then our kind Canadian friends invited us to go – on a specific weekend, to a specific place. My husband loves camping, so there was no backing out now.

We were lucky enough to tag along with their friends, as well – avid campers who knew the scene and were equipped with the patience and gear to host us newbies to UAE camping life.

So last Saturday, armed with our Toyota Yaris and 25 dirham-Carrefour sleeping bags, (roughly $8.50 Canadian… you don’t need heavy-duty Coleman for this weather!) we set off to Al Qudra Lakes.  Continue reading

Dubai Food Festival 2016: Lunch at the Beach Canteen

It’s food festival time in Dubai. Held from February 25th to March 12th this year, Dubai Food Festival is an annual citywide culinary adventure highlighting diverse food events and experiences, such as Dubai restaurant week, tasting experiences with world-renowned chefs, and live demonstrations at various venues.

Today, I headed over to the Etisalat Beach Canteen for lunch. Located at Kite Beach, Jumeirah, the Beach Canteen houses 16 diverse food stalls housed in cargo containers and is open from 10am to 10pm for the duration of the festival.

Beach Canteen Outside

On our way to the Beach Canteen

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Spoken Word in the City: Dubai Poetry Slam at The Intersect by Lexus

Known as the “competitive art of performance poetry,” poetry slams are an exciting, creative, and soul-satisfying way to spend your evening.

When I was in high school, I used to love making the trek downtown to watch and experience amateur and experienced poets alike take the stage at Toronto Poetry Slams at the Drake.

Recently, I was feeling nostalgic and craving the bittersweet beauty that only spoken word can bring.

So I decided to take it to Google, and check out whether there was anything similar in Dubai.

Turns out, there is. Continue reading

A Perfect Day in Old Dubai

Beyond the tallest building in the world, the seven-star hotel, and the world’s largest mall, there is what’s commonly known as Old Dubai.

Representing the city’s roots around the salt-water creek, Old Dubai is one of my favourite places in the city. Amongst all the shiny-new and man-made wonders of the city, Old Dubai feels real.

While there is too much to do in just one day, and still so much I have yet to discover, here’s an example of what I consider to be a perfect day trip to Old Dubai. Continue reading

6 Things I Love About Dubai

Dubai is an interesting, strange, and multifaceted city. It can take some time to understand the bureaucracy of getting all your documents and identifications in order, figuring out how to navigate the rental housing situation, and discovering regular life beyond the malls and hotels. In short, it takes some getting used to.

However, after a year of settling in, I’ve been able to see and experience a lot more of what the city has to offer.

Here is a list of six things I’ve come to love about Dubai: Continue reading