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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Presotto Furniture

I went to Presotto for an exhibition of paintings by 5 worldwide artists - all very beautiful pictures, mostly abstract. Presotto is full of lovely furniture and accessories that would look fantastic in any Dubai home and their prices are very reasonable. It is located near Marina furniture in Al Quoz, between the Sheik Zayed Road and Emirates Road. If your home needs furnishing or decorating I would recommend a visit.

Monday, December 12, 2005

A1 GP in Dubai

The inaugural A1 GP in Dubai was held over the weekend. As this was the brainchild of Sheik Mohammed it was always guaranteed to be a well organised event, even if the attendance was predicted to be low due to it running on a Sunday and the general lack of interest in motorsport in Dubai. However, after what I heard were disappointing attendance figures for the Friday and Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few thousand people at the main event. The atmosphere was great and ear plugs were required but overall it was a spectacle worth attending if you do have the interest in motorsport of any kind. They also had a first (of course they had to) which was a helicopter rescue vehicle for the cars which was used to great effect to winch a stranded car off the racetrack and deposit it back over near the pits. Given the wide-ranging nationality profile of Dubai residents, there was pretty much some support for all teams which was good.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Global Village - worth a visit!

I went to Global Village on UAE National Day and it was pretty buzzing. There were not a lot of expats there it seemed but it is certainly worth a visit. Of note were the Pakistan area where they had loads of nice leather jackets and wooden furniture at very good prices. Also worth a look was the Iraqi area where they had a predomination of oil paintings a lot of which were done by obviously very talented artists. I think the village has improved from last year with more products that were relevant to the country although of course there were still some exceptions. If you have a spare evening, take a wander.