Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Star Wars in Abu Dhabi: It really does look like Episode VII is shooting in the desert

When you hear that one of the world's most popular yet top-secret film franchises has moved its fictional planet to the desert in your backyard, you want to find it. You search, but the desert is big. You ask, but no one wants to say anything. And then one day, a brilliant photographer from The National is out dune bashing and sees what she sees: looks like part of an escape hatch from Tatooine, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Press release of the week: Lionel Richie at Dubai International Airport, from Think Events

The first line (I almost spit out my coffee when I read it at 7am): Lionel says "Hello" Dubai as he lands at 1 am this morning into Dubai terminal 3. Also, it's so rare to get something useful like this in the UAE. Usually I would expect to see something like this a few days after his concert, which is tomorrow night at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Overheard in the office: Saturday night fever edition

"It's the most polite mean thing I've ever heard."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

You guys! It's the best treatment ever!

I walk by this sign every day in my building and it always cracks me up. Don't explain what the treatment is, just use the word "CHRYSTAL", charge a ton and declare it a winner of historical proportions.

I am probably just jealous that the spa in my building is only for gents.

Examining the expat: 20 signs you've lived in the UAE a long time

 only stop to take pictures of the funny things you see about one-third of the time now

...people eating with spoons and forks makes perfect sense

...when you finally understand something after a period of confusion, you nod and say "ahhh, okokokokok"