Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

James Caan

... not the actor!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back to school

The thought still depresses me after all these years.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Spices at Carrefour

Spices at Carrefour - Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How not to number floors in a building

Usually you expect floors in any building to start at 1 or G (for Ground floor) and go from there. If you really want to be radical, you could go for A, B, C and so forth.

But check this out at Wahda Mall:

Starts (if that is the right word) with LB, and then goes on, UB, G, UG, 1, U1, 2, U2, LR and R.
You have to ask yourself why?

Friday, March 19, 2010

First car accident

Had my first car accident in the UAE. The gentleman driving behind me was 'checking emails' on his blackberry while driving at 70kms (approx 43 miles). The speed limit on this stretch of road is 100km (62 miles)

Here is him just after he hit us (don't think he braked at all):

...and here is me:


On the positive side, AD Police and Saaed were very professional and courteous to deal with.
Moral of the story? Do not use your mobile phone while driving, specially not for checking emails.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Global village - Dubai

A ride at the 'Global Village'.


Image made with a Blackberry camera phone.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Underwear, seriously?

A used clothing collection bank, no problems so far:


But look closely:


Yep. But the question is who is donating their underwear and why. 
Maybe I am missing something here.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Curtains in a car window

Seen on Airport Road Abu Dhabi.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I knew it.........

....'Women driving too slowly' blamed for causing accidents (according to a study by the UAE Ministry of Interior). Extracts from the story published in The National:

"Slow motorists cause accidents when frustrated commuters, perhaps anxious to get to school or work on clogged roads, try to overtake lagging vehicles, the Ministry said, with women apparently being identified as frequent culprits."

"Omayya al Sayegh, a driver and housewife, said women were generally bad drivers. “They’re slow and they lack concentration,” she said. “If you see anyone driving aimlessly from left to right and not knowing where to go, you can tell that she’s a woman.”"

Full story here. 

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The biggest traffic jam in the world

It has been raining consistently for the last couple of days and it has turned downtown AD into a giant traffic jam:The picture above is of Electra Street (Zayed 1st) at around 9:30a.m. on Sunday. It was so much fun driving to work today!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Eid and Clouds

Went to the stunning Grand Mosque for Eid prayers and took this:

.. and completely unrelated, we have clouds in Abu Dhabi:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Car wash

An inevitable consequence of living in the desert is that cars gets very dirty very quickly. Visits to the car wash are frequent.

You go through an automatic car wash and then to the 'Vacuum Bay' where the car is cleaned on the inside. Cost - 30 dirhams.

The picture above is of the car in front of mine getting vacuumed.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Text spam

Sometimes you get spam texts. Sometimes, they are from the government. Sometimes they are in Arabic. There is no way to stop them.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Selling snow to Eskimos

or selling sand in the middle east!

full marks to ELC for the effort!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Labour camp

Went to a labour camp last week to distribute iftaar to the workers with colleagues from work.

At most camps, the employers provide iftaar and dinner. At this camp, the workers bought their own food. We also had iftaar with them that day.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

New kind of street lamps?

....ramazan decoration on the island in the middle of Corniche Rd, Abu Dhabi.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lets draw

Saw this in the childrens section of a local supermarket. What I found interesting was not the blacked out image (which was probably a pig or some such) but the little guy behind him in the pool.
If you look closely, the censor has drawn a moustache on it. Funny.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sandstorm in AD

The sandstorm from the office window. The little spec is the sun (although it looks like the moon!)

A car (not mine) after the sandstorm:

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

What is this road called?

If you looked at the picture above and guessed, "Zayed the 1st" or "7th Street" then you would be wrong. No one uses those names. The road is actually called 'Electra', which appears no where on any signs or any maps.
Not sure why. I have heard, this same road, further across the island, is called "Nagda Street'.

Funny town, Abu Dhabi.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bed space in Abu Dhabi

Notices on the side of a phone booth. 'Bed space' means exactly that, a bed in a room which has more than one occupant.

My name is........

on an island off Abu Dhabi.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The German Cake

A German Cake foound at Starbucks at Marina Mall yesterday.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Are these the only gays in the village?

Of course not, and these guys are definitely not. Its just how some of the guys walk around here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Do mobile phone batteries have backsides?

This one does:
An el-cheapo Chinese phone (which I am currently using) with a backside!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The picture below is of the chandelier in the interior of the mosque.

The internet here is pretty crappy so I had to resize the pictures.

Shaky stadium on the inside

....... the Abu Dhabi cricket stadium where Pakistan managed to win the final one day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

When at the shopping centre ....

  • Please wear respectable clothing
  • No kissing or overt display of affection
  • No consumption of alcohol in the mall
  • No dangerous activities
  • No pets allowed
A 'courtesy policy' outside Abu Dhabi Mall.

The sign said shake.....

..... so I had to shake it.
A shaky Shaikh Zayed cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi where Pakistan were playing Australia on Monday.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Abu Dhabi airport

End of the journey or the beginning of a new one

....and the obligatory shot of the airplane wing.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Things I will miss about London - Flickr

...... because Flickr is banned in the UAE.