Tag Archives: Dubai

Monday Memories: The Dubai Camel Handler

Monday Memories: The Dubai Camel Handler

On my recently updated photography portfolio website, there are only a few images that have endured from the beginning of my professional career as a photographer and one is of this Dubai camel handler. For me there was always something about the sadness in his eyes...
How To Experience The Real Dubai

How To Experience The Real Dubai

I had one of those conversations the other night about Dubai that I’ve found myself having every now and again since we moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1998 – the year the sail-shaped ‘seven-star’ Burj Al Arab hotel opened and Dubai’s tourism industry...
Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
The Dish: A Côte de Bœuf (cote de boeuf) recipe

The Dish: A Côte de Bœuf (cote de boeuf) recipe

When we asked superstar chef Pierre Gagnaire his opinion as to which quintessentially Parisian dish I should cook in Paris for my series The Dish, he hesitated… “Think of a dish that you would tell someone they had to have if they came to Paris,”...
Entertaining Away

Entertaining Away

“Will you be having one of these parties at every destination you visit?” was the most common question I fielded at our buzzy Grantourismo launch party in London on Thursday night. Maybe. For us, entertaining away is one of the most fun things to do...
Budget Dubai

Budget Dubai

Dubai may have a reputation as a luxury destination – and we didn’t do anything to dispel that myth by staying at a swish villa on The Palm, did we? – yet it doesn’t have to be an expensive place to visit. Compared to many...
Our Dubai sunset soiree

Our Dubai sunset soiree

We hosted a little Arabian-inspired pre-launch party for Grantourismo yesterday here at our villa on The Palm. As is typical of Dubai, our guest list was multicultural, and included Dubai bloggers and ‘tweeps’, and a handful of friends, all from the media, publishing, arts, hospitality,...
Weekend Eggs: the Dubai Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Dubai Edition

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a late weekend eggs breakfast, or a slow breakfast on a holiday. After a couple of coffees and an attempt at working your way through the weekend edition of your favourite newspaper, you’re probably getting peckish. One of...
Our Home Away From Home in Dubai

Our Home Away From Home in Dubai

A rustic trullo in Puglia, a colourful Mexican casita in San Miguel de Allende, a snug studio in Buenos Aires, and a beach house in Costa Rica… this year is going to see us settling into a wide variety of HomeAway rental properties around the...