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Unholies in UAE – A day or two in Dubai

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah4 Comments

After our wonderful stay at Qasr Al Sarab at the edge of the Liwa Desert, we headed straight on to Dubai. I’d been to Dubai back in the summer of 2007, so I was curious to see how much it had changed in the last 5 years, though with just 1 night there I didn’t think I would have time to do much exploring. Dubai is an odd place – Singapore is often noted for its amazing speed of progress, but Dubai has an even more accelerated pace, thanks in part of having oil money. You can see the contrast …

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Unholies in UAE – Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

So far you’ve seen me climb dunes in Abu Dhabi, visit a falcon hospital, paddle some mangroves and hang out at a chi-chi beach club in my Abu Dhabi trip journals. But Abu Dhabi isn’t just nature and excesses, it is home to the 3rd largest mosque in the world, the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. The idea of the mosque was conceived in 1986, though work only started 10 years later and finally completed in 2007, utilizing over 3,000 workers and materials from all over the globe. At any one time, the mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers in …

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Finding yourself sometimes in the middle of nowhere

In Anecdotes, United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

A lot of times I get inspired to wanderlust by great pictures and quotes that I find on the Internet. I came across this really great quote and thought it really resonated with one of my recent pictures from my Abu Dhabi trip, so after fiddling around on Photoshop and Indesign for a bit, here’s the first of hopefully many TOTpostcards in time to come: Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere Sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself I really like this quote – not just for its symmetry, but that sometimes it takes getting …

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Unholies in UAE – Saadiyat Island and Monte Carlo Beach Club

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah4 Comments

Hope you’ve been enjoying the Unholies in UAE posts so far! KL took the girls out to Saadiyat Island for a little girly-time and R&R. When people hear ‘Abu Dhabi’, they tend to think of it as nothing more than a desert region and forget that beyond endless sand dunes, it’s actually home to other terrain, like mangroves and a collection of over 200 islands! Saadiyat Island is one of the main destinations in Abu Dhabi set for intensive tourism development and slated to be its cultural centre – some future projects include a Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim museum as …

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Unholies in UAE – Mangrove Kayaking and Falcon Hospital

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

You’ve seen the endless sands of Abu Dhabi, and that’s to be expected from the UAE, a city borne of the desert, but here are some more unexpected things that I did in Abu Dhabi, activities you wouldn’t quite expect in a place like this – Mangrove kayaking and visiting a Falcon hospital.   MANGROVE KAYAKING Did you know that Abu Dhabi is home to thousands of hectares of mangrove swamps? People forget that even as a desert land, a large part of it’s Northern territory is coastline, and the mangrove swamps lie between the Red Sea and the land. …

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The Great Lomography Experiment

In Germany, Review, Sponsored, United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

So the Lomography Singapore store lent me a La Sardina camera and set me up with a roll of Sunset Strip 35mm Slides film for my epic UAE and Munich trip. I carried it around with my normal digital camera and my iphone, and as and when I thought there was something particularly picturesque and worth taking, I would whip out the lomo and take a picture with that instead. I generally tried to pick brighter conditions so I didn’t use the flash at all. The funny thing about analogue photography is that whatever you took is hidden in the …

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Unholies in UAE – Sand Dunes, Heated Pools and Overall Decadence

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah2 Comments

I was super stoked about staying in the middle of the desert (check out my Qasr review here!) and couldn’t wait to do check out all that sand. While we didn’t actually get down to actual dune bashing (taking a 4-wheel drive and driving through the sand and dunes), we had sand dunes right at our front doorstep and I spent some mornings and evenings trekking them. Walking in sand is hard! This desert sand is super-fine like powder and gets everywhere. I was washing sand out of my ears and clothes for days after… At least there wasn’t any …

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Unholies in UAE – Review of Qasr Al Sarab

In United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

For the first part of our epic Unholies in UAE trip, we were whisked away to a luxurious villa called Qasr Al Sarab, one of the most luxurious and unique villas that I’ve ever stayed at. It was a fabulous way to kick off our trip and if you can afford it, definitely somewhere I’d recommend anyone to stay at least once in their life. Here’s a review of the place, more desert dune bashing pix in the next post!   WHERE IS QASR The five of us loaded up the SUV with our bags, groceries and a boatload of …

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Unholies in UAE and Munich Meandering – Post Trip Recap

In Germany, United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

I cannot believe that this trip is done. I feel like I’ve been planning these two trips for the longest time, so it’s pretty amazing that they have come and gone so quickly. I’ve got so much to talk about I think these posts may last me till February or March! So as a bit of a teaser, here’s a quick recap and a collection of 12 pictures in total for these two trips which I think best summarize the trips without any captions for now. 12 because it’s 2012 and the world was supposed to end this year but …