Monday, March 18, 2019


What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!! The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.


The following report was written by a friend who has now left Dubai, it gives good insight into how the Prison and Judicial System is run. I take no responsibity for the accuracy of this report and am printing it in good faith.

"Lawyer's: Depending on the severity of your case and how much money you have depends on whether it's worth hiring a lawyer. A lawyer will charge you in advance and you have no recourse, they may not even turn up in court, but will send their minion. Up to you, for example, you're drunk and/or had a fight, don't bother, you're drink driving, don't bother.


I am not one for measuring ingredients out (Jamie Oliver style), I just go along with it and taste as I cook to make sure it is seasoned to my taste.

In a pan fry some chopped onions, garlic, 200 grams of low fat mince beef and 200 grams of pork sausage. I used Breakfast Sausage and squeezed it out of the skins. Fry for about 7 minutes until brown, remove from heat and drain the fat and juice off. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes to the pan and a good handful of rice, return the meat to the pan and simmer until the rice is cooked, approx 12 minutes or so. Add some salt and pepper to season. If the mixture is too wet just let it reduce on a low heat until it is dry. Leave to cool.

I bought three huge green peppers from Aswaaq for 2 dhms, chop the tops off and remove all the seeds and white pith, fill with the meat mixture and then cook in a medium hot oven for approx 30 - 45 mins, turning half way through.


Hinge has taken a well earned break from the land of sand and that means I am flying solo for a period of time, expect a few postings to be in the wrong section and even images not to appear!! it is a great learning curve for me though so wish me luck as I fly solo in cyberworld until Hinge returns to the fold ....


Something new that has appeared in the UAE in recent months has been the introduction of discount vouchers, which are printed on the back of your supermarket receipts, remember to keep them and read through the offers that are available. Today at Aswaaq as well as accruing some more points on my Wafa Card I have also been offered an array of different special offers around town too:

Build a Bear - buy one furry friend and get 50% discount off the second (handy if you have two kidlets)

Ski Dubai - free chairlift ride on admission purchase

Kodak Express - pay for 25 digital prints, get 25 free

DNATA - 10% off Hotel Stays and 5% off Airline Tickets

Hormuz Tourism - Buy one get one free on their Desert Safari, Dhow Cruise, Abu Dhabi Tour and Al Ain Tour

Rainbow Play - 15% off playgrounds for your garden

Not bad offers for simply filling your shopping trolley with weekly essentials.


The following report was written by a friend who has now left Dubai, it gives good insight into how the Prison and Judicial System is run. I take no responsibity for the accuracy of this report and am printing it in good faith. Part 2 to follow tomorrow:

"You will be taken to the police station that is local to where the incident occurred. Where no-one will tell you much, and you'll end up in one of the cells, these aren't particularly nice places and everyone will try to rip you off, so if you have some cash (you'll be searched before you go in, so no mobiles etc.) keep it secure and don't "large it". You can buy phonecards for access to the telephone, you will not be given a fee phone call, you can buy toiletries and snacks inside but they'll be at rip-off prices, ie 1 packet of cigarettes AED50!! You won't (unless it's very, very quiet) get a bed, you'll be lucky to get a mattress and blanket, the showers are disgusting, the toilets even worse. Ring your Embassy by all means, but they can't get you out...


Last Summer Mitten and I had a little jaunt through to Abu Dhabi to stay at the Beach Rotana Hotel for the weekend, I had luckily won a competition on Twitter to stay at the Hotel. As with me I plan things accordingly, checked location on website, packed up the car and headed over to Abu Dhabi. Some of my Twitter friends will remember what happened then .... yes I got incredibly lost which ended up with a friend having to come and "rescue" me from the car park of another hotel, I then followed him to the Beach Rotana.

Anyway we had a great time!! The Beach Rotana is a really lovely hotel, well established, mature I suppose is the word I am looking for. It has a real majestic feeling to the foyer, we felt quite spoilt when we were there I have to say. The hotel has 450 rooms but it doesn't feel massive, I think the layout makes it feel smaller and quite cosy. There is a fabulous swimming pool and a great kids club which for a family is a life saver. Mitten thoroughly enjoyed her time by the pool. There are 11 restaurants to choose from as well, we tried Rosebuds and Trader Vics, both were excellent.

The Beach Rotana is one of those hotels that you can literally check into and stay put for the entire weekend. It is conveniently located (for me) adjacent to Abu Dhabi Mall, there is a linkway from the Hotel direct into the Mall where there is an array of shops and a cinema too!

With half term and Easter looming I just wanted to recommend the The Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi for a little break away!!

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