Middle East

MAD About Dubai…with Mom in tow!

MAD About Dubai…with Mom in tow!

Oil may have helped transform this once fishing village into a fast paced world class city on the Persian Gulf but Dubai remains a favourite tourist destination.  Everything in Dubai is so grand and over the top, you can’t help but go “wow” at every turn. It’s like open sesame into this great Arabian wonderland.(…)

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Discovering Yemen’s Coastline by Helicopter

Discovering Yemen’s Coastline by Helicopter

My first helicopter ride made me nervous as I can suffer motion sickness, but when my first was going to be over the Gulf of Aden and southern coast of Yemen, the thought of maybe seeing pirates suddenly added feelings of excitement. I have clearly watched one too many documentaries on pirates in this part of the world! I(…)

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Wandering the Souq in Old Sana’a

I love wandering through markets, I love to cook! And spices, dried fruits, nuts…..ohh the possibilities one can find in a souq. The heart of the Old City of Sana’a is the large thriving souq that has been in existence since pre-Islamic origin. Here are some scenes from the bustling market one Tuesday afternoon.

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A Walk through the Old City of Sana’a

I seem to have a knack for visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites. Old Sana’a is no exception, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1986. Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, is situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,300m and has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. It was one of the few cities(…)

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Culture Shock Yemen!

Culture Shock Yemen!

Yemen was never on my radar until I had work there to manage. Yemen is Arabia’s undiscovered gem with some of the world’s oldest skyscrapers, mountaintop villages, pristine coral reefs and one of the world’s largest expanse of sand. All I knew was of the political instability and kidnapping of expats. So when the opportunity presented(…)

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