I can hardly believe that it was around a year ago that I took a one way ticket to Dubai to start a new life. In some ways it feels like just yesterday but in others, life before Dubai seems like an eternity ago. When I look back on the year, I almost need to pinch myself when I think of some of the incredible things that I got the privilege to experience.
What’s more, I learnt a lot about myself and many lessons along the way. Perhaps the biggest being that you can completely change your life if you want to. Moreover, if you dare to. Perhaps this theme will be something that I write more in detail about later in 2022.
If there is one thing that has really hit home over the last few years for us all it’s the fact that permanency is mostly illusory, the best laid plans and all…The pandemic has catalysed change for many of us and pushed us to be dynamic in a range of different capacities.
I know this strange time we have lived through has had its impact on me. I have reached a level of acceptance that there is only so much control we have over things. I’ve learnt to let go of timelines and ideas of how things should be and go with the flow. In the process I feel like a massive self-induced weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I have no idea where I will be in 12-months time and for the first time in my life I am okay with that.
So to conclude, I thought I’d share some snaps from the year. Through the highs and the lows, we made it through.
One year in Duabi
On the outbound. Making a move to Dubai in the throes of a pandemic is a unique experience to say the least.
Discovering the Bvlgari Resort – one of my favourite places in Dubai.
SLS Dubai serving views.
Beach days at the Mandarin Oriental Dubai.
Kayaking in Hatta Dam.
Baking in the deserts.
Dubai loves its yacht parties.
Much needed downtime at Cove Beach.
More yacht parties.
Arabica coffee, the best caffine fix to be had in Dubai and beyond.
Dubai’s pink sunsets.
Drinks at Atmosphere at the top of the the Burj Khalifa.
Sunrise yoga over views of the Palm at The View.
Sun, sea and sand at Sal beach club at the Burj Al Arab.
A little getaway at the Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah.
Exploring Expo 2020 Dubai.
My Halloween getup.
Beach days at February 30, on the Palm.
Saoking it all in at the Four Season DIFC.
Jolly good brunches at Angelina, Dubai Mall.
One of the real highlights of the year – having my brother over to visit me in Dubai.
Dusk in the desert.
The incredible designs by acclaimed architect, Zaha Hadid at The Opus.
Incredible Dubai views from Aura Skypool, the world’s highest infinity pool. I utterly adore this place.
Christmas markets in Dubai. The first time I’ve ever been to a Christmas market wearing a dress rather than thermals and ten layers of clothing. It’s definitely something I could get used to though.
The incredible show by Billionaire Dubai at the Time Out Dubai Nightlife awards. Definitely one of the main highlights of the year was joining the Time Out Dubai team.
Paris Hillton’s press do.
Champers at the Moët & Chandon soiree at the Atlantis.
Vietnam is a country that I have been wanting to visit for a long time, especially as I adore Vietnamese food and I’d heard so many great things about it. The first proper stop on our trip was to the ancient riverside town of Hoi An. We had caught a flight from Ho...
I had the pleasure attending another SAME Forum session, hosted at the House of Commons by friend and chairman Khalid Nadeem, who kindly invited me. As you enter the House of Commons, you come through St Stephen’s Hall, which is incredibly impressive, with some...
Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, Harrogate is a little gem that offers all of the makings of a wonderful day out. Because of its modest size, you can make your way around most of what it has to offer in a day, without having to rush.Royal Pump Museum No trip to...
Antwerp If you love beautiful architecture, Antwerp is a place that you should consider putting on your travel list. Located not too far from Brussels, Antwerp has a sumptuous Baroque style, meaning there are gorgeous sights to admire (and photograph) at every...
The Medieval city of York has been on my travel list for too long, however, I was recently lucky enough to visit it. York was just as wonderful as I’d hoped it would be. Read on to discover it for yourself!York Minster York is a picturesque place and what better way...
Wieliczka Salt Mine During my travels in Poland, what was undoubtedly the standout highlight of the trip was visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Its thee-kilometres of winding corridors take you 135-meters down below ground level. There are 20 chambers to explore, the...
Located just a stone's throw from the Swiss capital of Geneva, the city of Lausanne is well worth a visit to. Lausanne has all the makings of an incredible city, with breathtaking scenery, including a stunning backdrop of towering Alps dusted with snow and sprawling...
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Amsterdam by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Myself and some Tech journalists were given unprecedented access to KLM's headquarters at Schiphol Airport to get a behind the scenes insight. As a bit of a closeted aviation geek,...
Luxury hospitality brand, Lebua, has made its European debut with its new restaurant, Breeze, located in Frankfurt at the Steigenberger Hotel. Lebua’s portfolio of venues comprises of hotels and restaurants across the globe, including the world-famous Sirocco Sky...
Luxembourg is a country that is nestled between Belgium, France and Germany. The picturesque capital, Luxembourg City, is a wonderful place to explore. It is rich with historical intrigue and has gorgeous architecture which draws on a diverse range of...
Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is an up-and-coming Asian city that is not to be missed when exploring South East Asia. The city is a melting pot of predominantly Malaysian, Chinese and Indian people, making for a rich and diverse array of culture, heritage and of...
Singapore has all the makings of a great cosmopolitan destination - it's exceedingly modern, slick and immaculately clean. Moreover, there is no shortage of great places to drink, dine and shop. On a personal level, Singapore is one of my favourite places - here are...
The dazzlingly opulent Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s top attractions and a must-see if you visit Bangkok. It's where the former king used to reside and is home to the Emerald Buddha, meaning it's considered to be the most sacred place in the whole country. The...
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a beautiful Scandinavian city that is sprawled across 14 islands. There is no shortage of things to see and do in this wonderful city – here are my top 7 recommendations to help inspire your next trip. Stockholm City Hall...
Barcelona is a vibrant city filled with fantastic places discover and dine. It maintains its Catalonian roots whilst embracing international influence and this is reflected by its food. Pairing socialising with eating is something that is strongly entwined within the...