Staying in Emirates Park Zoo – 5-7 April 2017

We had anything but a proper vacation for this Spring Break. Lewis had chicken pox for the first week.  Then on the weekend, Owen was hospitalised with pneumonia. My work was also busy, so with just a few days remaining of the boy’s holiday, we opted for a Staycation. We decided to stay at Emirates […]

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Ferrari World – 26 November 2011

We’ve had a visitor from Australia stay with us, who happens to be an extremely huge Ferrari and formula 1 racing fan. So today we went with him to Ferrari World, and possibly made his year or decade. In fact Lewis at three years is at the age where he’s really interested in cars. It […]

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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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Think of the irony

the average UAE resident creates one of the largest carbon footprints in the world Despite this tidbit from the latest issue of the World Bank’s Little Green Data Book, Abu Dhabi has put in a strong bid to host the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Guess it may have to be a case of do […]

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The Abu Dhabi vision

Here’s a report from the Global City conference – held in Abu Dhabi – which highlights how the emirate is taking definite steps to promote a an effective brand that can better support its growth plans. Abu Dhabi .. which never pursued the property-based strategy of Dubai, has been far less affected by the downturn. […]

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Some extravagant UAE spending

Another story on the excesses of the rich and famous.  This one by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan from Abu Dhabi.  It’s alleged he flew thirty riders and their horses to give a private performance. Billionaire Sheikh Pays £250,000 For Household Cavalry To Fly To Abu Dhabi – Born Rich http://www.bornrich.org/entry/billionaire-sheikh-pays-250000-for-household-cavalry-to-fly-to-abu-dhabi/ “It looks like […]

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Abu Dhabi – 14 Feb 2009

Yesterday ten of us did a roadtrip to UAE’s capital, and Brisbane’s latest sister city, Abu Dhabi.  I can say, Abu Dhabi would be considered Brisbane’s richer, more confident sister. I took my Broncos jersey, but no one else there were wearing there’s. Perhaps they hadn’t got Campbell Newman’s press release yet. The place was […]

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