I’m fond of a little staycation, and frankly, any excuse to make a day at the beach last longer! It’s like a little holiday, but all wrapped up into a weekend and without having to worry about the stresses of travel! So last weekend after never having visited the hotel previously, we decided it was finally time to check out the Hilton Abu Dhabi, one of the oldest hotels in the city, but also one of the most loved. Continue reading Staycation: Hilton Abu Dhabi
After what seemed like a very long wait, Bounce finally hit the capital and opened back in August and now, they’ve also launched their BounceFIT classes which I have been excited about trying for ages… Continue reading BounceFIT Abu Dhabi
I don’t often write about being a mother. But this week, on the day my baby started nursery for the first time I felt compelled to finish a post I first started many months ago.
Pretty much ever since Baby Arabian Notes was born, I’ve spent a lot of time agonising over one question:
“what’s wrong with me?”
Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi 2016: It’s that time of year again where I’ve been traipsing around town to compare how prices of ordinary goods have changed since last year. Last year I noted that a lot of things had actually come down in price, and this year a fair bit has stayed the same, though the items that have gone up seem to have increased quite considerably. As in previous years, for the sake of consistency I visited Lulu hypermarket for the prices and you can compare these to previous years by clicking on the cost of living posts for 2014 and 2015 if you like.
Also to make it easy to see what’s gone up, down or stayed the same, I’ve used the following self-explanatory key:
Price up: ↑
Price down: ↓
Price stayed the same: →
Last weekend we took ourselves off for a cheeky little staycation in Dubai – a bit of a ‘brunchcation’ if you will… You know the deal, you want to go up to Dubai to see some friends, go shopping, do brunch… but it’s all so much to fit in to one day and it’s a hassle just driving up (or arranging transport) for the one day. BUT, it’s also so flipping expensive to stay over, especially when you’ve got so much planned that you’re probably not going to spend much time in the room anyway. Well, the Rove Downtown Dubai hotel might just be the answer you’re looking for… Continue reading Budget Break: Rove Downtown Dubai and The Bench Brunch
One of the difficulties when you live overseas is how to pay a visit to your home country to catch up with friends and family, but still have a holiday at the same time. All too often trips home can become stressful, feeling like you’re being pulled from pillar to post to get to see everyone while you’re back only resulting in an exhausting trip and the need for a real holiday once it’s all over! So this year, in order to make the most of our trip and to still see people, we decided to take a road trip from London to Scotland… Continue reading Road Trip: London to Scotland
So I’ve been pretty quiet since I got back from my trip to the UK, but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been going on. I’ve been working away as usual behind the scenes, and one of the things I’ve been plotting for a few months now, is a long overdue logo for Arabian Notes. I’ve been working with a fab UK-based designer that was recommended to me by Simone from Dubai based Simone Loves Makeup (one of my favourite blog and social media gurus!) and after weeks of ideas, drafts, amendments and a LOT of deliberation, I have the finished product at last… Continue reading Going Logo Down in, er… Abu Dhabi
Since my recent trip to the UK I’ve been finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things, I don’t know if it’s finding our routine again, or post-holiday blues, but news that Bounce Abu Dhabi was finally opening was just what I needed to literally bounce me back into action! Everyone loves a good bounce on a trampoline and there’s nothing faster to forget your cares and bring a smile to your face than leaping around like a kid again!
I was invited to attend the launch party last night and am excited to say that as of today, August 3rd 2016, Bounce Abu Dhabi is officially open to the public! Here’s the lowdown: Continue reading Bounce Abu Dhabi
Ah, London, beautiful London – absolutely one of the greatest cities in the world… And having recently spent a few days back in the city where I lived for over seven years before I moved to the UAE, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite spots and secret tips for alternative attractions to see and do in London (especially if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and save some cash!). Continue reading 6 Alternative Attractions in London
Holiday season is already upon us, and as many of us are looking for a good read or a film to occupy us on our travels, I thought it was a fitting time to share some of the best reads and films about the Middle East… Continue reading About the Middle East: Best Reads and Films