(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

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

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