• Middle East
  • So long, Dubai, and thanks for all the pens.

    Since moving back home to Sydney three months ago I’ve made three key learnings: That I will never, ever, acclimatise to weather below 20 degrees again. Ever. Toum breath is actually not an unacceptable thing to have after a lunch break. Consequently: I miss My Shawarma more than I ever thought possible. A couple of weeks ago I bumped into a former colleague who […]

  • Features
  • Weekend camel races in Biyata

    Friday, 1.30pm. Dubai’s malls are teeming with afternoon shoppers. The beaches are packed. Sheikh Zayed Road rumbles with afternoon traffic after a morning of peace. We’re about an hour away, heading towards the emirate of Umm al-Quwain for a camping weekend. Traffic jams and glittering buildings have long been left behind. We’re ambling along roads lined […]

  • Features
  • Out of Africa: Sir Bani Yas Island

    There’s no doubting Sheikh Zayed was a pretty awesome guy. He’s considered the founding father of the United Arab Emirates and was a pretty liberal ruler, welcoming the existence of private media and freedom of religion. He was also big into philanthropic work, and owned a private island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, which he transformed […]