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…

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…

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……

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…

A first look: Bu Qtair – same, same. But different.

Affectionately referred to as a prized and hidden gem, Bu Qtair in Jumeriah Dubai is most probably one of Dubai’s most famous eateries. Opened by the brothers Mohammed Kunju Ahmed and Abdul Karim 29 years ago at Umm Suqeim beach, Bu Qtair moved to its little spot across from the Fishermen’s harbour in Jumeriah a decade…

How Dubai embraced Boxing Day in the rain

I’ve mentioned before how hyper Dubai gets for some good old fashioned rain. This year Mother Nature has delivered us some very British looking weather to set the scene for a post-Christmas Boxing Day walk. My #NoFilter Snaps   What the rest of Dubai saw in the rain… Residents were quick to take to Instagram…

The sad story of the Arabian Ostrich

Us humans have a lot to answer for when it comes to the extinction of a species. The invention of the gun, amongst other things, has helped us to wipe out a large number of animals across Arabia. The Arabian Ostrich is just one of the previous residents of the Middle East. The Arabian Ostrich…

Real Dubai: Deira Fish Market

Behind the glitz and glamour of Dubai, there are some incredible sights to see in the Emirate, and this video, by Aiden Crawford, captures Deira Fish Market beautifully. Probably one of the few places in the world without a Wikipedia page, Deira Fish Market has been located at the Corniche in Deira since 1988, and…