Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear U.A.E,  You and I have been officially together since Thursday, 20th July 2017. You were the only country I had visited before I went to live there and my first impressions of you during my visits here were so misguided. It was only after a…

Fujairah: The best beach getaway in the UAE

Fujairah: The best beach getaway in the UAE

When I first moved to the UAE in 2017, people who were living here for a while kept saying that I MUST go to Fujairah. At the time, I didn’t think much of it but now that I finally got the chance to go, I…

Visiting Oman’s sulphur springs (Al Ain Sahban)

Visiting Oman’s sulphur springs (Al Ain Sahban)

In an attempt to be spontaneous, Polar and I impulsively decided one evening that “this weekend we would go over the border to Oman”. I was both impressed and confounded by our ability to be spur-of-the-moment (this is a couple who plans their holidays 6…

An instagrammer’s guide to cafes in Dubai!

An instagrammer’s guide to cafes in Dubai!

Dubai is filled with gorgeous restaurants serving theatrical food that begs to be photographed… how on earth do you choose which one to go to? A search on the internet will point you towards many Instagram worthy restaurants but after I would visit these places,…

Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

Expat Panda’s 3 hidden & inexpensive gems in Dubai

When it comes to visiting Dubai- the United Arab Emirate’s most famous emirate- people generally visit the same expensive places to take the same repetitive photos and have the same customary experiences. While I am not insulting anyone who chooses to do those things, because…

Beyond Dubai: How to spend a day in Sharjah

Beyond Dubai: How to spend a day in Sharjah

Sharjah has a bad reputation. Its known as the conservative, religious and aloof older brother in the family of the emirates. People in Dubai look at me strangely when I mention that I would like to explore Sharjah (people who live in Dubai believe that…

A glow in the dark garden and an underwater zoo…

A glow in the dark garden and an underwater zoo…

As a blogger that lives in the UAE, I get a lot of questions from people who want to visit this country and even questions from those that live here. They usually range from the outlandish, “Do I need to speak Arabic to visit the…

Dubai Versus Abu Dhabi part 2: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

Dubai Versus Abu Dhabi part 2: Which UAE metropolis is the bestropolis?

For those of you who don’t know- I have been competing in a local competition. Let me explain.   As a relatively new UAE resident, I have been participating in an ongoing (semi-serious) competition which would determine which was the best city- Abu Dhabi or Dubai?…