Category Archives: Weather

Armageddon on Al Qudra

It’s been an unusual day, to say the least. Children in the UAE might have squealed with delight as they paddled up and down the street in inflatables and sailed boats to the supermarket (no joke) … But me – … Continue reading

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Dust storm leaves sand all over the furniture

My parents are visiting at the moment, mainly to see the grandchildren, but also because it’s cold in the UK and they fancied a week of sunshine. Okay, no laughing at the back! We ventured out at the weekend, into … Continue reading

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Rain scrooge – yep, that’s me!

I’m well aware there are lots of people in Dubai who love it when it rains – and I really do hope they enjoy the annual downpour. But I’m beginning to wonder if these people have actually been out in … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: The furnace

They say you know you’ve been living in the Middle East for too long when a problem with your car’s air-conditioning or horn is more serious to you than a problem with the brakes. I think this picture illustrates quite … Continue reading

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The Dubai ‘yes’ (read: no)

Last week, on the day of all that rain, DH and I did the school run together and decided to get some breakfast before going home. We splash through the rain and walk into one of my favourite places, which … Continue reading

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Summer: The elephant in the room

I was out for dinner the other night with my parents and a lovely couple who’d recently moved to Dubai. They’d swapped everything they knew and loved in Surrey for a new life on the Palm, and had thrown themselves … Continue reading

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Fog: Dubai’s Achilles’ heel

At 6.45am this morning, I peered outside our bedroom window to see the everyday familiar sights of our street draped in a silky mist; the villas, carports and road hidden from view by a dense, semolina-souper, surely the worst fog … Continue reading

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The big chill

It’s all relative, I know, but it really is quite chilly in the desert right now. And for the few weeks each year that this happens (Winter light, as I call it), it’s as though my children think we’re living … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: Waterlogged UK

I mentioned that the UK was wet and wild when we visited over the holidays. You’ll have heard that the country is suffering from flooding at the moment, and my parents’ garden was no exception. You can just see Santa, … Continue reading

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Spit-mageddon

Since it rains so infrequently in Dubai, it feels fitting that the events of today’s spit-mageddon are recorded on the blog. Here goes: 6.15am: Wake with an uneasy feeling. There’s a strange darkness creeping round the curtains; I peer out … Continue reading

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