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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Humanae by Angelica Dass Exhibition

Humanae by Angélica Dass

It has been nearly two weeks since I saw Humanae by Angélica Dass and I have not been able to stop thinking about it. As Dass says in her Ted Talk – (I’m paraphrasing here) we are all put in our little boxes; firstly with the labelling of our skin…

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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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No White Walls, Abu Dhabi

The Chocolate Gallery Corridor at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi is beautiful. Bathed in light, with the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as a stunning backdrop, it is hardly surprising that No White Walls host their annual art show there. “We are passionate about raising awareness of locally-based artists,…

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Departure by Xavier Mascaró at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi

Departure at Warehouse421

Good art will capture your imagination and make you think.  The best art will make you reflect on real life events without shoving them down your throat. It’s a delicate balance and something that I often struggle with, but  Xavier Mascaró has hit the nail on the head with Departure.  A…

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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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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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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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So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

Two years and ten months since our big move from the UK to Belgium; today we start our next adventure with our move from Brussels to Dubai. I’m excited, really excited to move to the Middle East. It has been tough getting everything sorted, but now all 78 jobs have…

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