Experiences

A Walk with Lions

A Walk with Lions

The inspiration for our vacation to Africa came primarily from two different sources. Our friends Beth and Tucker Russell visited South Africa last December and told us all about the great time they had. Back in the spring, we also received a note from the Alumni Office at Davidson College promoting a trip to Africa [...]


Desert Island Getaway at Sir Bani Yas

Desert Island Getaway at Sir Bani Yas

Right before New Years, Beth and I like to run away for a little weekend of relaxation somewhere in the UAE. This year, we chose the Desert Island Resort on Sir Bani Yas Island. Originally owned by the royal family, Sheikh Zayed established the island as his own personal animal and nature preserve. Exotic animals [...]


So Long Dubai

So Long Dubai

Enjoyed a very informative tour of the Jumairah mosque. More to come…


A Day in Sharjah

A Day in Sharjah

A day in Sharjah visiting museums. More to come…


Burj Khalifa and Dubai Malls

Burj Khalifa and Dubai Malls

World’s tallest building and most ostentatious malls. More to come…


Fjords of Khasab

Fjords of Khasab

No, it’s not Sweden… it’s the Middle East. More words to come.


A Day in Al Ain

A Day in Al Ain

Just photos for now. I promise, words eventually.


Yas Marina Circuit Tour

Yas Marina Circuit Tour

Just posting pictures for now. Trying to catch up on blogging soon.


Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Another fun thing we did with my parents when they came to visit was a desert safari. Sure, these are fairly staged experiences, but so are more “cultural” experiences wherever you go. We got to drive out in the desert, hold a falcon, see the falcon “hunt,” go dune-bashing in a 4×4, and watch Saluki [...]


Five More Minutes of Fame

Five More Minutes of Fame

The local newspaper interviewed me again recently—this time for a story about bloggers in the UAE. I’m not sure exactly how they picked me and my blog out of all the others published in the region. I’ll admit I even tried googling things like “UAE blog” and “Abu Dhabi blog” to see how high in [...]


The Al Dafra Camel Festival

The Al Dafra Camel Festival

Beth here. While my parents were in town, the AL Dafra Camel festival took place in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, near Liwa. I had seen an article about it in Abu Dhabi week, and once my Mom saw the same article, her heart was set on going. So, one day while Vic needed [...]


Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

For my birthday this year, Beth got me a really awesome present. I got to go scuba diving in the Dubai Aquarium with a bunch of sharks. You’ll remember that I saw three gray reef sharks while diving in the Maldives back in July. This time, however, I came face-to-face with a tank full of [...]


I’m Front Page News!

I'm Front Page News!

Beth and I attended a birthday party/bbq recently and I happen to meet a guy who works at the National, Abu Dhabi’s English language newspaper. He called me a week or so later and asked if I’d be interested in talking with him about the World Cup for a series the paper was writing. Of [...]


Big Malls and Tall Buildings

Big Malls and Tall Buildings

Beth joined me in Dubai on Thursday evening when she finished work for an NYU alumni event at the Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel is quite close to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, so I got some good pictures of it as the sun started to set. We spent Saturday doing what any self-respecting [...]


Move to the Back of the Bus

Move to the Back of the Bus

Imagine my surprise to learn that all of Rosa Parks’s hard work has yet to pay off in Abu Dhabi. As a crusader for justice and defender of the oppressed, I find it my mission to right a terrible wrong: men being forced to ride in the back of the bus. Luckily, I am spared [...]


I Live at the Mall

I Live at the Mall

Before moving to Abu Dhabi, I probably went to a mall no more than once a year. We didn’t have malls in New York City and since Beth and I didn’t have a car, we never drove out to the suburbs to go shopping. It was only on the rare trip to see family in [...]


WOMAD Was “Wow, Man”

WOMAD Was "Wow, Man"

Last night Beth and I went to the Corniche to see the final night of WOMAD (World of Music and Dance)—a three day music festival here in Abu Dhabi. They’ve been doing WOMAD the UK since 1982, but this is only it’s second year in Abu Dhabi. It’s focused on “world” music, but here, that [...]


Blue Collar Hospitality

Blue Collar Hospitality

I’ve been truly struck by how friendly and hospitable service staff in Abu Dhabi have been. Whether it’s the doorman outside our hotel, waitstaff in a restaurant, or cashiers in a store, they always greet you with a genuine smile and go the extra mile to make your experience a good one. A couple examples: [...]


Abu Dhabi from 50 Stories Up

Abu Dhabi from 50 Stories Up

After a quick tour of our future apartment, Steve and Gale took us up to the roof of Sama Tower to show us the pool and fitness center. The roof is largely enclosed, so there’s shade, but open skylights allow a breeze to circulate. The other neat part of looking around was that we got [...]