Tag Archive: UAE

September 19, 2017   /   by natalie   /   , ,

How To Survive A Long Layover

How To Survive A Long Layover

As South Africans, we’ve probably all experienced that torture of a looong layover at least once. Flying through Dubai, Abu Dabi or Doha (our gateways to the world) means that more often than not, you’re likely to spend a couple of hours wandering around like a zombie, spraying perfume all over yourself, spending a couple […]

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May 4, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Five Reasons Why Ramadan Is A Great Time To Visit Dubai

Five Reasons Why Ramadan Is A Great Time To Visit Dubai

I had the opportunity to visit Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan last year. Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It’s a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, spending time with family and religious devotion. I grew up in […]

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August 24, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 3 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 3 of 3

It’s my last day in Dubai. I’ve only just started to kind of get my bearings on this futuristic city after seeing it from the seat of a seaplane, and now it’s already almost time to leave. It’s still hot and dry and as I step out into the desert from the cool depths of […]

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August 5, 2015   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 2 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 2 of 3

It’s my second day in Dubai and I’m at the breakfast buffet at the Al Manzil Downtown Hotel. My eyes scan the pastry selection, but I opt for a green juice and a few dates. Our first day was full of feasting and I know that today will be, too. It’s Ramadan, the holy month […]

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July 13, 2015   /   by natalie   /   ,

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 1 of 3

Ramadan in Dubai: Day 1 of 3

It’s 1am and 42 degrees celsius in Dubai. I’ve just landed and as I hand my passport over to the white-robed official at passport control, I expect him to be stoic and somewhat cold. He greets me warmly with a friendly “hello” and I’m a little confused. This is not the greeting I remember from my […]

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