A new addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline

A new addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline

There are so many things I like about living in Abu Dhabi.   “Like what?” For starters, an abundance of excellent food, well constructed infrastructure and the general sensibility of people in charge. “What do you mean?” Well, Abu Dhabi is always on the lookout…

Abu Dhabi versus Dubai part 1: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

Abu Dhabi versus Dubai part 1: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

For those of you who don’t know- I am competing in a local competition. Let me explain. The pleasure — or misfortune — of living in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai as an expat is the topic of many friendly debates, articles, blog posts, and…

Why bother visiting Abu Dhabi anyway?

Why bother visiting Abu Dhabi anyway?

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, has been my home for the last 8 months. It was here that I fell into a heady and passionate love… with the culture, food, people and landscapes. Its safe to say that I love…

A flowery miracle in the desert

A flowery miracle in the desert

I always say that ‘anything is possible’ in Dubai and after this weekend, I believe it even more! No one would ever think that 75 million flowers can be seen in a Middle Eastern country… But they exist in full bloom at Dubai Miracle Garden. With…

A Penguin visits the Middle East

A Penguin visits the Middle East

Expat Penguin reporting for duty! Welcome to my first (and hopefully not last) blog post for a certain Panda’ website. Hot on the heels of my recent international trip to the United Arab Emirates, I was asked to share my experiences for the benefit of…

The Middle East: Beyond the Burj Khalifa and brunches

The Middle East: Beyond the Burj Khalifa and brunches

Lately I have been sharing a lot of pictures on my Instagram, that have surprised people. Yes I have all my clothes on in them (haha!) but actually the pics aren’t really of me; they are of some surprising landscapes to be found here in…

Kayaking in the Middle East… Really?

Kayaking in the Middle East… Really?

One of the few goals I had when I started this blog was to dispel some myths about the Middle East. It’s been over a year since I started doing just that and even though the nature of the myths I’m dispelling has since changed,…

How I ended up having high tea on top of Abu Dhabi!

How I ended up having high tea on top of Abu Dhabi!

As I ease into my new life here in Abu Dhabi, I’m slowly getting out and about to begin exploring. The scorching temperatures at this time of year coupled with unparalleled humidity means that life moves at a slower pace here. Honestly, it’s a real…

Abu Dhabi Life: Fireworks on a fiery night

Abu Dhabi Life: Fireworks on a fiery night

There are hordes of articles online about how to make friends when you move to a new country. Its a funny thing isn’t it? You can live your whole life in a place and not even think about ‘how to make friends’- it just happens. I…

Abu Dhabi vs. Kuwait: Middle Eastern Truths

Abu Dhabi vs. Kuwait: Middle Eastern Truths

I have lived in Abu Dhabi for one month today! It’s been the busiest and most chaotic month of my life without a doubt. The strangest things have happened to me since I landed here; from being proposed to by a very handsome cowboy (hey…