• Government Slant

    Because of their incredible growth, diverse population and friendly, pro-West attitudes, it’s easy to forget that the UAE is not a democracy. The government – more specifically, the ruling Al Nahyan family – has final say in all matters, and is a highly respected authority. This is evidenced from time to time, like in “Gulf …

  • Without An Address

    The Emirates Post Office doesn’t offer direct home or office mail delivery; mail goes to PO Boxes. Because this system isn’t set up, there’s no desire to formalize actual addresses. Businesses, apartment buildings, government agencies etc. are near landmarks or cross streets; restaurants and bars in or near hotels. It seems we have gotten used …

  • VICTORY!

    One month to the day of our move in, Etisalat installed our internet. Let’s hope it keeps working!!! So, stay tuned for hopefully more frequent updates!

  • F1 Fever!

    So, the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One Race events start tomorrow – three days of speeding around a track to vye for the season title. Four racers have a shot at taking it all: Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. We are definitely not avid race fans, and know …