Burger & Lobster Dubai finally has its drinks license

Like most of you I witnessed the many, many weeks of social media activity building up to the launch of Burger & Lobster – which I understand went pretty well, aside from one small, but OK kinda important, detail. There was no alcohol licence. Dum, dum duummmmmmm. I know. Cue a few weeks of speculation and…

Beautiful Dubai Instagram accounts worth following

With skylines, coastlines, and tan lines aplenty, the landmarks of Dubai and The Middle East are some of the most photographed on Earth. As a nation of avid social media enthusiasts, capturing “insta-gold” is never far from our minds. As we all know, all that glitters is most definitely not gold, so we have hunted…

The best “turn me on” Instagram messages

  If you logged into Instagram at any point today, you’ll have realised one thing. People are somewhat freaking out over the upcoming algorithm change which is set to send it the way of Facebook. (pssst. It’s not going to be chronological anymore. [insert home alone scared face]) OK, so to be fair to everyone there is…

Lights out in Dubai as we recognise #EarthHour

A simple lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 led to what has become a global movement with cities across the world taking part and flicking their switches between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in March each year. Dubai is not the kind of place to shirk such a worldwide responsibility, and led by the directive…

Living aboard a liveaboard in the Maldives

  Ahoy! Last month I decided I needed a 2016 adventure, and I needed one immediately. After a lot of Googling one lunch break, which was well, diverse – I went from searching hiking trips up Kilimanjaro, learning Arabic in Lebanon, Yoga retreats in Thailand, bootcamps in Sri Lanka and a rather odd diversion into the…

What the 2016 We Are Social Digital Report tells us about the Middle East

For those unaware, each year digital agency We Are Social gathers insight and produces an incredibly comprehensive report on the state of digital across the globe. Digital in 2016 from We Are Social Singapore   So while the report’s geographic target spans from Argentina to Vietnam, we wanted to see what the results tell us about…

Under the sea in the UAE

The UAE waters host over 1/3 of the world’s 80 species of whales and dolphins, among 700 fish species and four species of turtles, so there’s certainly plenty to see. However, diving in the UAE is a rather hit and miss experience. I’ve dived with a couple of companies here and the experiences have been……

Operation #FreeGym: Sampling the fitness options of Dubai

Dubai is a city of extremes. On a Friday, for instance, you can eat and drink your body weight in champagne, lobster, wagyu and oysters for the same price as hardcore agility races, sky diving, power boarding, wake boarding, horse riding, golf and scuba diving. In Dubai, you’d be pretty safe in saying there is something for…

Why zombies are the absolute pits

There isn’t a nope big enough to convey how much I absolutely hate zombies. Things really turned a corner for me while I watched 28 Days Later* in 2002 – it turned out that some zombies are capable of running. Actually, no, sprinting. Sprinting zombies. Fan-bloody-tastic. I didn’t sleep for a week. There’s very little I’m afraid…

How Dubai celebrated New Year’s Eve 2015

A truckload of fireworks and a devastating fire at the Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai, and Dubai’s residents once again showed solidarity in the face of the tragedy. Getting the fireworks ready was not for the faint hearted! #Dubai #NYE: Behind-the-scenes of #BurjKhalifa fireworks… https://t.co/fLXi8a4imO pic.twitter.com/8TISQVSAhi — Emirates 24|7 (@Emirates247) December 30, 2015     And the…

Falling in love with The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

I’m in love. Nestled down a side alley on the less glamorous end of JBR is a brand spanking new oyster joint. So new, in fact, it’s been open for less than a month, and so far only Time Out and Food Diva seem to know about it. The restaurant describes itself as a “a seaside…

Hurrah! The “new” Bu Qtair’s food hasn’t changed a bit

Having stumbled, quite literally, on the news that Bu Qtair had moved out of its little beach shack, while on a stormy Boxing Day walk along the beach, I was more than a little keen to rally the troops (anyone who was in the country, with very little else to do during Christmas week) and…