Driving Jebel Hafeet

Driving Jebel Hafeet

Think of the United Arab Emirates and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is miles and miles of sand dunes blistering under a blazing sun.  Now, we certainly do have plenty of desert out here, but there are also quite a few mountains as well.  Something a…

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Lunch at Al Maha, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

It’s not often you get to drive through a Desert Conservation Reserve on your way to lunch.  But that’s exactly what you have to do to reach the Al Diwaan restaurant. The first national park in the UAE, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDRC) covers a whopping 225 square kilometres and is…

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Seydou Keïta Exhibition Leila Heller Gallery Dubai

Seydou Keïta at Leila Heller Gallery

If you were going to have your photograph taken for the first time, how would you want to look? What would you want the world to see?  How would you want future generations of your family to remember you? That’s a lot of pressure right?  And something that seems quite…

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Atlantis Palm Jumeirah

Flying High Over Dubai

I hadn’t realised just how fast helicopters go.  We zoomed our way from one end of Dubai to the other and back again in no time at all.  Which is a welcome change to the traffic that we’re usually stuck in! Phil decided that the celebration of our ninth wedding…

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Dubai Miracle Garden Flower Face

Dubai Miracle Garden

It’s really the last thing you’d expect to find in the desert of Dubai;  a huge garden with displays that would put Kew to shame.  As soon as you walk through the tilted houses into Dubai Miracle Garden, it’s tough to believe that you’re still in the UAE (except for…

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Sunrise Silhouette

Climbing Sand Dunes in the Empty Quarter

I’ve stumbled my way up to the top of a sand dune on two occasions.  Firstly when I arrived at the Empty Quarter; I grabbed the hand of my bestest friend (who came to Dubai for a visit) and ran as fast as my unfit legs and screaming lungs could…

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800 Degrees Pizza, MOE, Dubai from

800 Degrees Pizza at MOE

I stumbled across the opening of 800 Degrees Pizza quite accidentally.  Phil and I were meant to be heading to a private film screening, but a lack of available cabs and a shit tonne of traffic meant that we were way too late for that. So we thought we’d check…

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Dubai Butterfly Garden from

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Is there anyone who doesn’t love butterflies?  So beautiful and delicate, I remember as a kid, lying in fields of long grass as flashes of colour would zoom about around me. The Dubai Butterfly Garden hasn’t been open for very long, but it promised hundreds of different species within a…

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We Love Art Dubai Wine and Paint Night from Very Hungry Explorer

Painting Dali and Drinking Wine

Since I was a kid,  I’ve told myself that I am not very creative and I’m ‘rubbish at arty stuff’.  But over the last year or so, I’ve been strangely attracted to arts and crafts type things. When I saw that local company We Love Art were offering the chance to…

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Sandwich Selection Afternoon Tea Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at the Burj Khalifa

What’s the best way of celebrating getting passed that ‘seven year itch’ ?- taking afternoon tea in the tallest building of the world of course. We arrived at the Burj Khalifa in the blistering summer heat, as soon as you walk through the door the air conditioning takes your breath…

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Slidefest XVI Dubai

An Evening Of Photography at Slidefest XVI

An entire evening dedicated to photographers and their personal projects – count me in! And it seems I’m not the only one who feels like that, as this was the 16th Slidefest that Gulf Photo Plus was hosting. An entirely free event, held in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium,  talk…

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Dubai BoxPark

Taking A Peek Into Dubai’s Box Park

We’ve got a lot to learn about timings in Dubai.  Most shops and pretty much all restaurants are open until midnight.    This is very different to how things were in Belgium and it is going to take some getting used to. We made an effort to head out late…

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Thursday is the New Friday

Hello! You may (or indeed may not) have noticed two things; Firstly that I’ve had a bit of a play with the design of Very Hungry Explorer.  I wanted to make it less cluttered and just generally give the site a little refresh  – I hope you like it. Secondly,…

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