a few firsts

So as I mentioned 2 weeks ago we celebrated UAE National Day here in Dubai on the 2nd of December. One of the things they do here on National Day is hold a Mass Wedding at St Mary’s Catholic Church. I had no idea this went on to be honest, I know they do mass weddings in China and other places, but that is about my only knowledge of them. So I was pretty excited to attend one when I was invited by a Filipino lady I have met here in Dubai.

Dubai Weddings Dubai Weddings

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min dae* Dubai

We have had an interesting couple of days. We had so much rain overnight last Wednesday that the schools were closed early on Thursday due to the water standing everywhere, and the resulting traffic chaos and leaking roofs no doubt. I went down to Sharjah on Friday and the place was a mess, great big ponds of water standing on the highway – it took me over 2 hours to get home again as traffic was at a standstill, not helped by dumb drivers going too fast and changing lanes at the last second as they do here – not really the recommended way to drive on wet roads but there you go. We have a had a cool and overcast weekend which I am loving I must say although poor Stu had to get up at 1am this morning to head off again on another business trip, the last for the year Insha’Allah.

Sharjah Lake

makes parking tricky

Rain in Sharjah

A very wet highway…

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the Box Appeal is back

The Box Appeal is back

Please support this worthy cause and put together a box (or two) of essentials for someone less fortunate than yourself. Boxes can be collected from any of the participating Radisson or Park Inn hotels in the UAE from 1 September 2013.

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Ramadan Kareem

Yes it is that time of year again. Ramadan begins today. I can’t believe that this will be my sixth Ramadan in Dubai. I am not sure where the time has gone.

But that isn’t the point of this post. I wanted to wish all my lovely readers a peaceful and successful fasting period and a blessed Holy Month.

Ramadan Kareem

To those of us that aren’t fasting please be mindful of our friends and colleagues who are. That means no eating or drinking in public (in the UAE at least) and the wearing of more conservative clothing please girls.

If you are spending the summer in Dubai, or visiting for that matter, and wondering where you can grab something to eat or drink during the day then I recommend reading (and saving) Foodiva’s blog post today on just this subject (thank you Samantha for the useful list).

Ramadan Kareem 
رمضان كريم


41 today

Happy National Day! Today is the UAE’s 41st “birthday” and we are relaxing with a day off after a very wet weekend of rugby at the Dubai Rugby Sevens. Most probably the first time its rained at the Dubai games I would think. Anyone know for sure?

Enjoy your day UAE!

UAE National Day

Happy 41st Birthday to the UAE 🙂

Animal Rescue

If you would like to contribute a few dollars towards my TNR work with stray cats I would be most grateful

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