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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…

Where to find a good Arabic breakfast in Dubai

Where to find a good Arabic breakfast in Dubai

If you have not had an Arabic breakfast then where have you been hiding? If you live in the Middle East or have been lucky enough to visit someone who lives here, chances are that you have been able to sample what is commonly called…

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…

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?…

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…

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,…

When a Panda visits the world’s most expensive hotel…

When a Panda visits the world’s most expensive hotel…

There is no question that the Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the wonders of Dubai- maybe one of the wonders of the entire UAE even. It is also the most expensive 7-star hotel in the world with the average room costing about $12,00…