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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

One event that I have gone to, at least for a couple of days each year, is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In the first year (2009) tickets were sold out pretty quickly but after a couple of years of recession they are now a little bit easier to get hold of.

As well as getting access to the Formula 1 race and practice sessions they also lay on concerts each night by top acts. I really think that the Abu Dhabi grand prix is an event worth going to but read my full review along with a bunch of photos in my article 'Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review'.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dubai Metro Green Line Now Open

So the public transport in Dubai has expanded with the opening of the Green Line of the Dubai Metro. I think this is going to be most useful for the lower paid workers who live in the huge residential areas that are covered by the green line, as well as the people who live in Sharjah and commute to Dubai every day. So far that latter contingent has yet to be seen in force in the week of opening as far as I am concerned - the Etisalat metro station which is at the end of the line nearest Sharjah, has a car park that can fit about 2500 cars but I reckon it only had about 10% of that number yesterday when I travelled on it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Iceberg at JBR!

So what is with the iceberg that is floating out at sea on JBR beach? I am guessing that the iceberg is made out of polystyrene or something similar as in the current temperatures a real iceberg would surely melt pretty quickly? However, I wouldn't put it past anyone in Dubai to put a real iceberg in the sea at JBR, just like there was real snow on JBR beach a few years ago, with kids making snowmen! That time it was a publicity stunt by Red Bull if I remember rightly but I've yet to see any details about who came up with this stunt.

Having said that, there is a shop in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates called Iceberg, so maybe they have played some kind of role in this stunt. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer - Do The Indoor Things!

So as summer has crept up in Dubai maybe it is time to do all the indoor things that you don't want to do when the weather is perfect outside. There is the visit to the Jumeirah Mosque, or if that is not your thing then try Magic Planet with or without the kids or maybe Ski Dubai. If you have family over then you could try the afternoon tea at the Burj al Arab or else maybe go up the Burj Khalifa and see the view from the top.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dubai - Summer is Here!

Well the weather in Dubai over the last week or two has really hotted up! Yesterday it was 44 degrees and it's looking like similar temperatures today (and probably for the rest of the summer!). Spring had been pretty perfect in Dubai this year and I had been really enjoying the temperatures sticking in the 30's and even cooling down of an evening, but it was inevitable that the temperatures would suddenly jump as they had been so nice for unusually long. Oh well, lucky for me I am going to be spending the summer in the UK so I only have 10 more days of the hot weather to get through! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Briton Beaten To Death In Dubai or Not?

So the main headlines about Dubai particularly in the UK press today are about the sad death of 39 year old Lee Bradley Brown who was on holiday from England and staying in the Burj al Arab. It has been alleged that he was beaten to death in the Bur Dubai police station by police officers after being arrested for being drunk and abusive to a member of staff. The conditions in the holding cells of the police station are notoriously grim and this is no the only allegation of mistreatment that has come out of them. Regardless of the truth of what actually happened, a full investigation needs to be carried out with complete transparency. Whether this happens or not is yet to be seen and no doubt officials will be involved from both Dubai and Britain. In any case my sympathies go to his family and what they must be going through.

This story just reasserts that anyone visiting Dubai needs to be aware of the rules and regulations that are often stringently upheld in this Muslim country. Although it is advertised widely as a great holiday destination it still comes under Shariah law and for that you need to be respectful and follow the customs and traditions of the country.

Check out my guide to what you can and can't do in Dubai for more info. There are too many cases of Brits being arrested in Dubai so know what the laws are before you go.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Iceland Waterpark, Ras al Khaimah

So a new waterpark has opened in addition to Wild Wadi, Aquaventure at Atlantis and Dreamland Aquapark. This one is called Iceland Waterpark and it i a bit out of Dubai in Ras al Khaimah. Take a look at my review of Iceland Waterpark and see what you think...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Alcohol Laws In Dubai

Drinking alcohol in Dubai is a bit of a grey area as far as the law goes. There are laws in place obviously as it is a muslim country but these can be confusing. I have written an article the describes the situation as I understand it about drinking in Dubai.