Canal at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Canal and classically inspired buildings in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, located just south of the landmark Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. This relatively new souk is designed to look like a traditional Arabian market. In it you’ll find an eclectic mix of quirky shops, art galleries, antique stores, and high-end clothing boutiques. There are also […]

Delicious Pocari Sweat sports drink

Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat on sale at a mini-market in Dubai, UAE. In addition to this unfortunately named beverage, Japanese consumers can also buy Calpis (which sounds like “Cow Piss” when pronounced by the Japanese) and Moocos (pronounced “Mucus”). Perhaps not as bad as the delicious Japanese chocolate treat Crunky Ball Nude.

Duck-banana statues near the Dubai Mall

Duck-banana statues on the corner of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard and Dubai Fountain Street in Dubai. And they’re not the only amusing artworks in the neighborhood. In fact, the public thoroughfares and walkways around the Dubai Mall teem with public art. A casual stroll around the Dubai Fountain allows you to view giant dandelions, […]

Indoor skiing in Dubai

Ski Dubai is quite an anomaly in a country where the average temperature in August is 107F (42C). Even in mid-winter, nightly temperatures hover around 59F (15C), so it’s not a place you would expect to find snow. Located inside the┬áMall of the Emirates, this mini ski field maintains a constant temperature of around 32F […]

Burj Khalifa light show, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Laser light show on the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Aside from minor cropping, this photo is unedited. The light beams, colors, and dotted lights around the building appear exactly as they did during the show. Originally staged as part of Dubai’s New Year’s Eve 2018 celebration, the light show drew such […]

Dubai al Arab Jumeirah Hotel

Dubai al Arab Jumeirah Hotel, which bills itself as the most luxurious hotel in the world. And it’s not just the hotel operators saying that. Travel agents and industry analysts consider it one of the only true 6-star hotels in the world. Completed in 1999 for approximately $1 billion, it sits on a man-made island […]