Monday, July 20, 2015

Shaun the Sheep arrives in Abu Dhabi, heads immediately to Ferrari World

Ahead of his big shows this weekend in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, the beloved children's character rode the world's fastest rollercoaster - the Formula Rossa - at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Barney and Elmo will surely be next.

And while it's possible that another stuffed character has ridden the coaster, I don't remember it in my time. I badly want to call this a world first. Anyone care to correct me?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Overheard in the newsroom: Ramadan Kareem & David Hasselhoff edition

This is war.

I felt dirty just writing the blurb for it.

So you run around and shoot people?

I was in love with him. Knight Rider? Of course.

I'm having a first-world problem. I ate so much breakfast I don't have room for my barbecue lunch.

Ah, it's okay. If you like Syrian ice cream.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ramadan Kareem!

It's early yet, nothing official has started, but the moon-sighting committee has spoken and Ramadan begins tomorrow. So far I've been wished Ramadan Kareem by Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, Brand Moxie, Flash Entertainment and yes, Tommy Hilfiger himself. Or the brand, I'm not sure. King Koil Mattress also gets the award for best and most far-reaching attempt to link to the Holy Month commercially.

Begging is illegal in Abu Dhabi, particularly during Ramadan

These images, released by Abu Dhabi Police this week as part of their "No Begging" campaign, probably seem jarring if you haven't experienced the phenomenon of Ramadan begging.

It's beginning to look a lot like Ramadan

Tuesday, June 2, 2015