Kayakking Through the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi

Kayakking Through the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi

A few minutes earlier we were in Abu Dhabi, a noisy, bustling metropolis of high rise concrete, fast cars and muezzins. But here among the mangroves it was calm and peaceful, and there was no sound apart from the gentle swish of paddles. Learning to Paddle Five...

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Eating Out in Abu Dhabi

Eating Out in Abu Dhabi

There is lots to choose from when eating out in Abu Dhabi. From fast food to smart hotel restaurants; from authentic Arabic cuisine to western style chains. Whatever your taste, you will find something to suit you. Arabic Food in Abu Dhabi  As you would expect, there...

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Visiting Sharjah, Dubai’s Lesser Known Neighbour

Visiting Sharjah, Dubai’s Lesser Known Neighbour

It is stylish and modern, a former UNESCO designated Capital of Arabic Culture, and only a stone’s throw from Dubai. So why did it feel as if we were the only tourists visiting Sharjah? Most people will tell you the reason is very simple: Sharjah is dry. Not in the...

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Visiting the Al Ain Camel Market

Visiting the Al Ain Camel Market

The first time I tried to visit the Al Ain Camel Market I couldn't explain to the taxi driver where we wanted to go. He heard the word "market" and interpreted it as "mall". "What do you want to buy?" he asked. On that occasion, we gave up and went to Al Ain's...

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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 Manarat Al...

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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 emptiness, as far as the...

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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...

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