Week in Review

Since the U.A.E. uses a Sunday to Thursday work week, it’s time to relax. Overall this week has been busy, but manageable, which is a good thing since it means we are starting to get into a routine. A few of the highlights: – Of course the week started with the drama of us finally…

Riding along the beach

In the heart of downtown is a road called the Corniche, which runs parallel to the water. On the weekends, it’s a popular place for people to hang out at the beach, grab some food or lounge in the grassy park along the street opposite the beach. We haven’t been to an actual beach yet…

Thank You!!

We just wanted to take a second to thank everyone for reading our blog! Knowing that we are able to share some of our adventures with family and friends really does help fight off the home-sickness. For that, and all of your well-wishes, thank you! A few quick tips: – Our most recent contact information…

Our New Apartment!

After some last minute drama, we got word this morning that we have successfully secured our new, “permanent” apartment!! Right now I don’t have a lot of pictures to share, but can run through the quick highlights: – It’s a brand new building in the Al Muroor area (which I know means nothing to you,…

To the Emirates Palace as fast as lightning!

Over the weekend, Meg and I ventured to the Emirates Palace Hotel for lunch. Costing over $3 billion to construct (reportedly the most expensive hotel ever), the Palace Hotel is pretty impressive and home to some great restaurants, a private beach and the world’s first gold vending machine. Yes – you read that correctly –…

Mall Mania!!

Malls are a big part of the culture of the U.A.E.  Since temperatures in the summer can reach 130 degrees, you can understand why. You don’t just go for an hour to two like you do back home, but rather you go for the day.  As a result, the malls have EVERYTHING!  From the basics…

Desert + Client Training = First Week of Work

So, I knew my first week of work would primarily be spent training comms professionals in the ways of media and PR planning. But, I didn’t realize part of it would be a desert safari…I experienced the exact opposite of the tranquility Brian “suffered” while lounging around a 5-star hotel and walking the halls of…

Burj Khalifa

Ok, so I wasn’t going to go up in the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest free standing structure) until daylight, but some random guy gave me a free ticket while I was reading a brochure. His friend apparently chickened out. Just the encouragement I needed to hear… Any how, I went up. A few things I…