Visiting Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi

Visiting Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi

It was through my random scrolling on the internet which led me to finding out about Shuweihat Island in Abu Dhabi. There are so many places that fall under the radar in this region with little to no information posted about them but yet they…

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…

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Minarets, mosque domes, bleating goats & bustling markets make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when you visit Oman’s former capital city (6th and 7th Century AD), Nizwa. This city used to be the centre of the country’s religion, trade and education…

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Once in a while I need to escape the UAE in search of some lush scenery and natural formations. I am fortunate enough to find that (and more) in the country right next door to me- Oman. I have been to various parts of Oman…

Oman: turtles, secret beaches and hidden pools

Oman: turtles, secret beaches and hidden pools

Do you ever find that there is just one country you keep being drawn towards no matter how many times you go there? For me that country is Oman, the country I also imagine to be where Aladdin fell in love and Sinbad set sail…

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?…

The 3 differences between traveling and having a holiday…

The 3 differences between traveling and having a holiday…

You’re reading the title and wondering, “There is a difference between the two? What is she on about now?” But let me explain… Last month I didn’t do a lot of blogging and this was because of two main reasons: School was crazy and I…

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…

Where to go when you find yourself in Bahrain?

Where to go when you find yourself in Bahrain?

Bahrain isn’t a country high on people’s destination list. Most people go to tick it off their country list or they find themselves there because of a long layover with Gulf Air or… for some particular reason other than tourism. I found myself in Bahrain…

Visting Dubai when you live in other Middle Eastern cities…

Visting Dubai when you live in other Middle Eastern cities…

Dubai is like no other place on earth. I mean I’ve visited 34 countries in my life so far and I still haven’t found a place quite like it. In case you’re unaware, Dubai is known as the city of superlatives. It boasts the biggest, tallest,…