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 theĀ first month, Muharram. As the calendar is based […]

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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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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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Tai Chi – My New Passion?

Could Tai Chi be what I’ve been searching for to help me on my way to a healthier life? Both inside and out. Early stages yet, but I’m hopeful that Tai Chi will become my passion in life – and not just one of my many short-lived physical activities. Finding excuses for not interacting in […]

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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas…

The festive season is upon us once again – and Dubai is embracing the season by doing what Dubai does best – turning on the festivities galore, showcasing a multicultural nation coming together to make this a season everyone hopefully will enjoy – one way or another.

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Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My…

Yesterday morning we woke up to a natural phenomena that seldom happens in this part of the world – rain! And not just the usual three drops, but heavy downpours accompanied by thunder and lightning.

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Happy 44th National Day!

Norway’s National Day, 17th May, is celebrated to mark the beginning of our quest for independence with the signing of a new constitution on 17th May 1814. Norway’s forced union with Sweden began 14th January 1814 (after almost 400 years of Danish rule) and lasted until 1905 when Norway proclaimed, and secured, full independence.

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