gulfnews : 606,390 people used RTA’s free transport

Talk about rebel without a cause. The one day I DON’T catch public transport, is the one day a year that it’s free. It wasn’t by design for me to drive into work, but the family were home sick so the car was more useful for me. The Free Transport Day will be held every […]

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Death of elite swimmer in Fujairah

Crippen died last Saturday while competing in FINA Open Water 10km World Cup at Fujairah. via – National News. This news is quite worrying.  It seems the swimmer drowned, perhaps as a result of the UAE waters being too hot for elite competition – which I can understand.

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Reducing the UAE carbon footprint with style

Masdar – a project by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – have announced the winner of an energy efficiency project. And their design looks great! It generates energy from wind, but is far more aesthetic than the usual turbines. Resembling thin cattails, the Windstalks generate electricity when the wind sets them waving. The designers […]

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Heaven help me survive this drive

This morning I saw an extremely alarming sight on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s busiest road. Although I say it was alarming, at the same time it didn’t seem totally out of the ordinary for Dubai. I was getting a lift into work with a colleague, and we were in one of the faster overtaking lanes […]

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Aussie fined for Dubai drunkiness – nope, not me

In local (Dubai) news, as well as back home, Australian football (soccer) player Craig Moore has proven to be a total dipstick here in Dubai by starting a “brawl” with a taxi driver over a 50 dirham fare. The story goes, he also assaulted the arresting officer. Thankfully for him after getting bail, he was […]

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Virgin Blue joining forces with Etihad

It was only a matter of time before more carriers cottoned on to the massive demand for Australia<->UAE flights. My family have known the demand first-hand, after having a few close encounters with getting bumped from flights due to being on staff tickets. Emirates is obviously our first-choice, and the choice of many more.  But non-employees now […]

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The Wiggles in Dubai – 12 June 2010

The world’s most popular children entertainers, and possibly Australia’s greatest export visited Dubai over the weekend.  They had quite a whirlwind tour performing just three shows over our weekend. I took my two boys on Saturday to watch the final show in a packed Palladium –  just over the road from our place. Unfortunately Murray […]

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Dubai 2020 Olympics feasible?

There have been many murmerings and insinuations previously, but in the last week it was confirmed at the highest level Dubai has an interest in staging the Olympic Games. Both HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and his wife Princess Haya discussed the point at this year’s SportAccord. I assume the bid if for […]

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Black and Gold Ball – 22 April 2010

Elle & I, and a few tables of friends attended this year’s Black and Gold Ball held at the Grand Hyatt. It’s an important Dubai institution around ANZAC day for particularly all expats that hail from Australia and New Zealand. Our mob demonstrated the laziness of Australians and Kiwis when I think back to how […]

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Bizarre Dubai murder case reopened

In 1998, two local guys shot a Sudanese man dead in reaction to him claiming he was bullet proof. A bullet in the chest and one in the head is a pretty severe means to prove somebody wrong. As alarming as this was, the case has now been reopened in an attempt to throw out […]

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