The Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi

The Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi

I first visited the Saadiyat Cultural District when the first gallery opened in 2010. But Abu Dhabi’s art and museum quarter has come a long way since then. Saadiyat Island is now home to world class galleries and an annual art fair. Opening exhibition at...
The Not So Empty Quarter

The Not So Empty Quarter

If you stand in the middle of what the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger called “The Empty Quarter” – the vast tract of desert that makes up most of Abu Dhabi emirate – and look around, what you will see is… emptiness. Mile upon mile of...
Exploring the UAE Countryside

Exploring the UAE Countryside

Most of my visits to the UAE had been spent in and around Abu Dhabi, and I had got into the way of thinking that the country consisted mostly of desert and a few bustling high-rise cities. Not that the desert landscape was entirely featureless, but it was a welcome...
Camel Racing in Abu Dhabi

Camel Racing in Abu Dhabi

Camel racing in Abu Dhabi is an ancient tradition. In the past, it was mainly kept for special occasions, but today it is a regular occurrence at specially constructed racetracks in the desert. As this is a Muslim country, there is no gambling and no alcohol but, even...