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A country in a photo – United Arab Emirates

Dubai was a city I was expecting to hate. I thought that I’d shake my head at all the excess, the fakeness and the contradictions. I was wrong. I loved Dubai. Of course, I did spend a lot of my time in Dubai in its shopping malls. I did wander around Old Dubai and the […]

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The world’s holiday home

I was prepared to hate Dubai, even when I arranged for a three-night stopover en route from Shanghai to Amsterdam with Emirates. I was sure I’d be turned off by the excess, the contradictions and the rules. I was so wrong. I was surprised to hear that my hotel (twenty times more expensive than my […]

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