Native plants of Dubai

August 14th, 2017

Dubai—with its big lights and fast cars—is sure to sweep you off your feet. If you fall in love, you won’t be the first. Indeed, from indoor skydiving to world-class malls, you don’t have to leave the city to have a fabulous time. But there’s so much more to see. Take a trip to the &hellip...

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You’ve seen the traditional Arab headdress before. Fashioned from a rectangle scarf usually made of cotton, the ghutra, as it is known (in Arabic, it’s كوفية‎‎ kūfiyyah), is commonly worn by men in the UAE. When visiting Dubai, understand the ghutra serves many practical purposes. It...

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Like most casual travelers, certain new stories strike fear into your heart. In early July, temperatures in Abu Dhabi and Dubai neared 122 degrees Fahrenheit (or 50 degrees Celsius). Dubai’s summer heat is a fact, and there’s no getting around it. But here’s the thing: the summer heat isn’t...

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Most people know Dubai as a high-tech, high-cost metropolis (and perhaps the ultimate rags-to-riches story ). So, the desert city might not be the first place your mind goes when you think of a romantic getaway. You might opt to go to more glamorous areas, like the old cities of western Europe, the...

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Arabic Welcome: Coffee

June 28th, 2017

For travellers, weary after a long journey, a Bedouin camp was an oasis in itself. You might be surprised to know that those Bedouin nomads loved taking in almost anyone passing through their area. For Bedouins, this was more than just a “nice thing to do”; Arabic culture is based on hospitality...

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