I’m lucky that in the last year or so my work has taken me to some pretty amazing places, and allowed me to meet some awesome people. A few months back I was offered two jobs in the middle east, and it was the most epic of timig – my friend Steph had just recently moved to Dubai so with a day off inbetween jobs, I hailed a taxi from Abu Dhabi to Dubai with promises of delicious dinner and stand up paddle boarding.
One broken down taxi in the desert and a dodgy taxi interchange (ON THE ACTUAL MOTORWAY) later, I was ready for some time with my old schoolfriend.
Firstly I’m sneaking in a couple of beautiful sunsets we spied in Abu Dhabi…
Once in Duabi, we headed straight for the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa. So tall I couldn’t squeeze it in a shot!
The next morning we headed out early (to avoid the intense Duabi heat) and went for a stand up paddleboarding lesson. I forgot my waterproof camera (doh) but it was so much fun and I definitely want to give it another go.
Yes. That is what you think it is. Every child’s DREAM. a bouncy castle in the sea. Sigh.
Then for a cheeky seafood lunch. Who can resist that face?
Maybe not that one Steph. Not a fan of your green drink?
Here’s a few sneaky shots I got whilst working at a zoo in the desert. As you do.
On an even wilder note (pardon the pun) when I arrived home I was offered some work in Hong Kong and I quite literally JUMPED at the chance. Then we were offered to tag on another job to Dubai on the end – and it was a done deal. Sun on sun? Yes please. And so more snapping ensued….
It was a whirlwind 5 day trip and we only stayed within a very small area on Hong Kong island but I am desperate to go back – the atmosphere, the food, the people, everything was buzzing.
After a quick drink with our clients at an amazing Tiki bar called Honi Honi we ran for our flight – and by arriving by the skin of our teeth I mean they were calling our names over the tannoy. Not a good way to start an overnight flight…
Having arrived in Dubai in the middle of the night, I only wanted to spend my day off one way: By the pool.
Luckily, Duabi’s the place for pools.
Best bit about hotels in the middle east? Baba Ganoush on room service.
The evening was spent wandering in the mental malls. Skiing in the desert? Check. Dinosaur sandwich between Rolex and Tiffany? Check. Full size aquarium plonked in the middle of the mall? Why the hell not.
Dubai, you’ve blown my mind once again.