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Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Drinking coffee is integral to Arabic traditions of hospitality, and there is no better place to discover this than at the Coffee Museum in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District. The museum, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, is the brainchild of ‘coffee’nista’ (is there such a word?) Khalid Al Mulla, of coffee […]

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SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in Dubai

SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in Dubai

A great way to start a visit to Dubai is a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) located in the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai.  An easy walk from the Al Fahidi Metro Station and down Al Mankhool Road – the variety of shops and businesses giving a glimpse […]

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Shopping in Dubai

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai offers a number of shopping options, from glitzy shopping malls to the traditional souks, both offering merchandise from around the world to be carefully considered (or haggled over) and bought.   The Souks however are wonderfully colourful, a tad noisy and extremely fascinating.  We had great fun exploring the Textile Souk, which is on the […]

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Lunch at the quirky XVA Café in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district

Lunch at the quirky XVA Café in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district

Hidden within the narrow streets of the historic Al Fahidi district is the wonderfully quirky XVA Gallery Art Hotel & Café.  We just happened upon this gem while wandering the alleyways – little did we know that Condé Nast Traveler had featured XVA as the no.1 place “not to miss in Dubai”! Neither did we […]

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Dubai – ancient and modern

Dubai – ancient and modern

I use the term ancient rather loosely, as Dubai was only founded around the 1800s – it was once however a region inhabited by Bedouins who made a living fishing, searching for pearls and herding sheep and goats. Where ancient dhows transported livestock and merchandise across the creek, where camels were used as transport and […]

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Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

The evidence was there. Huge impressions left in the dusty road, paths through the lush grass, green and succulent after the recent unseasonal rains. They were moving in an easterly direction. There were broken branches and tufts of grass strewn across the road. It had been dull and cloudy all day, but as dusk approached […]

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Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Mozambique, Travel blog by on January 26, 2014
Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city

My first glimpse of Maputo was from the air, the red earth punctuated with occasional glistening rooftops, the new metal surprisingly untarnished. Reflecting what Maputo and indeed much of Moçambique is like – a war-torn country that has survived both a war of independence and a civil war that is now securing investment and showing […]

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Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

GUEST POST – Winnie Graham… A dark shadow appeared from the sea and made its way across the sand. We stopped short in the moonlight to have a better look, and knew we were in luck. The huge creature steadily moving up the beach was a giant leatherback turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs […]

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An oasis in the Arabian Desert

An oasis in the Arabian Desert

Late summer in the desert is hot, very hot. So the luxury of my own private pool was something of a delight – it seemed rather surreal to be up to my shoulders in water yet overlooking the shimmering sands of the Arabian Desert. But this is what Al Maha is all about – a […]

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The hunted…

The hunted…

Safety briefing dealt with and under strict instruction of silence, we headed into the Acacia thicket. My heart was pounding and I felt myself breaking into a sweat which, I’m ashamed to say, could not entirely be attributed to the oppressive heat of the day or the physical exertion. I was quite sure the thumping […]

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