My Journey to Bliss

My journey to bliss took me to the 18th floor of what’s popularly known as the world’s only 7-star hotel. Arising out of the waters on its own man-made island, the famous Burj Al Arab soars 321 meters high, with 27 floors and 202 luxurious duplex suites.

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Islamic New Year

My Fabled Land of Arabia will celebrate the coming of year 1436 H tomorrow, Saturday, October 25. The Islamic calendar (Hijra) is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days, and the Islamic New Year comes with the beginning of the¬†first month, Muharram. As the calendar is based […]

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A Slice of Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly is one of London’s most famous department stores – and the world’s oldest. Established over 300 years ago in 1707, it’s quintessentially English and renowned for luxury hampers and food items. In 1999 Fortnum & Mason went global by launching an online store. Now, this old institution has taken it […]

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The Island Everyone Wanted

Steeped in history, legend, myth and romance. A tumultuous past, a fractured identity, a passionate people, a culinary feast and a deep blue ocean surrounding pristine beaches and secluded coves drenched in glorious sunshine. My expectations were high as I was about to embark on an “epic” journey to the island everyone wanted. Cyprus is […]

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A Spanish Love Affair

Yes, we do exist – the love NOT shopping kind of women! For me, big malls and noisy food courts in particular. During my years in Dubai I’ve excelled at procrastinating before venturing out on a much-needed shopping expedition at the big malls in Dubai – a shoppers Mecca!

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D&A – Dhow & Anchor

The Dhow & Anchor – a British pub and eatery that, from a Dubai perspective, has been around for a long time. Good food, but not always consistent. However, after a long day out and about in Dubai, stopping at Dhow & Anchor for some comfort food on the way home was just what the […]

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Champagne Brunch

Dubai’s brunch scene is not quite the sedate breakfast lunch combination it is elsewhere. In Dubai, it’s an exercise in excess, with free-flowing bubbles, wine, cocktails – and heaping buffets that would have the most indulgent glutton begging for mercy. Add a bit of music and you’re in for a social and popular Friday pastime […]

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My fabled land of Arabia

I’m happy to announce that my blog “Sand between my toes” was not dead after all… But after being dormant for a long time it was in dire need of a makeover – and it’s with great pleasure I present my revamped, redesigned and renamed blog. “My fabled land of Arabia” sounds a bit more […]

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A Perfect Lunch on the Pier

Blog updated: August 31, 2014 Please note the following information from Jumeirah regarding Pierchic:¬† “In continuation of our efforts to make your experience even more memorable at Madinat Jumeirah, we are pleased to inform you that we will be embarking on a complete renovation of the award-winning Pierchic restaurant at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. Scheduled […]

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BBC Wild Arabia

Originally posted on Quite Alone:
After the epic that was David Attenborough’s Africa series, which ran on BBC TV in the UK recently, their next big nature extravaganza is Wild Arabia – due later this month on BBC2 in the UK (episode 1 airs 9pm on 22nd Feb, I believe). The three-part series was filmed…

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