welcome 2014!

We will hopefully have had a view of the NYE fireworks (the biggest ever in a record-breaking attempt) from our New Year’s Eve dinner spot in Jumeirah 3 (will let you know soonest) – Stu and I would normally have stayed home with a prawn braai and a cold bottle of bubbly, but our visiting family from SA were so excited at the prospect of a the large display that we found a way to make it happen (thanks S & E for the invite).

I hope you all have a happy, healthy, successful 2014. Chat soon x

Happy New Year from sandCat

thanks to webdesignhot.com for the graphic


 
 

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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cute artwork

I spotted these when I went out for lunch the other day – instead of a boring old hoarding hiding the building site they had a special needs school decorate it with their artwork. So cheerful!

Special Needs artwork

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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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Eid Mubarak

We have been enjoying a rare 3 day public holiday here in the UAE this week. The holiday is for Eid Al Adha, which translates as the Solemn Festival of the Sacrifice. This is the second Eid holiday in the year and marks the end of the annual Hajj to Mecca.

Whilst the holiday is 3 or 4 days depending on where you are, and in which sector you work, today marks the actual (festival) day. So many families will sacrifice a goat, sheep or even a camel today, with one-third of the meat traditionally being shared with neighbours, the poor and needy. This is because the holiday commemorates the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his young and only first-born son in obedience to a command from Allah. It can be a little upsetting as a non-Muslim to see all the goats being carted around in the days leading up to the holiday, but one has to trust the guys doing the butchering know what they are doing and do it quickly.

Anyway just wanted to wish you “Eid Mubarak”!

Eid Mubarak

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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