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View from our Hotel Window in Petra, Jordan


We just arrived in Petra on a 4-hour road trip from Amman and we needed to get some shut-eye before our Petra by Night Tour to see The Treasury. The room in our hotel (Petra Moon Hotel - Book Here) was good. What made it even better was the view outside. Petra, Jordan November 2015 [...]

Petra By Night Experience in Jordan


It was a cold night in Petra. We just arrived from a 4-hour road trip from Amman and we needed to get some shut-eye before our Petra by Night Tour in less than 2 hours. My wife took a nap but I was still awake. I was staring at the view of lighted houses on [...]

Security Tips for Traveling to Jordan


Jordan is an absolutely amazing place to visit, from Amman to the Dead Sea to Petra and points in between. Yet too often, it's overlooked as a destination because of its location in the volatile Middle East. And while those safety concerns are definitely valid, I'm here today to tell you that you absolutely do [...]

A Few Photos of Burj Al Arab from Afar


The Burj Al Arab is one of the iconic structures of Dubai, if not the most recognizable one. Before the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Al Arab has been a staple building in photos and it is known to be "The world's only 7 star Hotel". zoomed in In reality, [...]

Dubai Dining Spots for Special Occasions


Home to some of the best hotels in the world, it's no surprise that Dubai is famous for its world-leading restaurants, so let's take a look at just five that you have to visit. Whether you're a resident or visitor to the city, you should try at least one of these choices if you want [...]

Dubai Skyline Shots from the Rooftop


We transferred to a different location here in Dubai. I can’t recall how many times I’ve changed addresses, but we’re going to stay longer here since it’s on a contract. One of the things I like to do in this new building apartment is go to the rooftop and take photos of the Dubai skyline. [...]

Dinner at the Terrace of Madeleine Cafe and Boulangerie


We were invited for dinner at Madeleine Cafe and Boulangerie to try out their Weekly Specials and we were surprised that they reserved us a seat at the corner of their terrace to watch the Dubai Fountain Show. This was a special treat considering we had a clear view of the Burj Khalifa Lake below. [...]

soloflightEd Dubai Blog Update


My, my. It's been a very long while since I updated this blog. Not sure if it has reached a year already or more. I haven't kept track. Please pardon the absence as my life outside my day job has been swamped with a lot of projects. To the point that I haven't done anything [...]

Dhow Cruise in the Waters of Musandam in Oman


We went to Musandam for a day trip during my vacation leave. We wanted to take a break and head out of town, preferably somewhere we could swim. Instead of going to Abu Dhabi and check out Yas Island Theme Park, we decided to head to Oman and be with nature instead. Musandam Oman March [...]

My Dubai Desert Safari Adventure


The desert safari adventure is a common tourist experience in Dubai. The city is built on the desert that's why this is one of the major things you can experience while exploring this part of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai Desert Safari Adventure March 17, 2013 Desert Safari in Dubai We had an Entertainer Book [...]

Dubai, UAE: Quick Stop at the Hatta Mountains


We got into the car after swimming in a natural pool in Wadi Al Qahfi (Wadi Khaffi). We were on our way to the Hatta Mountains which is what the tour is named after. According to Shahzad (our guide), Hatta is still part of Dubai; but we still have to pass through Oman borders as [...]

Dubai, UAE: Hatta Mountain Safari Tour Highlights


One of the surprising adventures I've experienced in Dubai is the Hatta Mountain Safari tour. We kept postponing this trip due to the (un)availability of our schedules. I was still new at the office and given that I only have one day off, it's a challenge to find a perfect day to pursue this trip. [...]

Arabian Gold Treatment at The Spa at The Address Dubai Mall


I had the opportunity to try out one of the treatments offered by The Spa at The Address Dubai Mall called “Arabian Gold Ritual”. This is one of the full body treatment offerings that they launched and consists of a body scrub, body and face mask, and body and face massage. I seldom go to [...]

Dubai, UAE: Driving a Desert Buggy in Lahbab, Sharjah


Call time was 8:30am and I felt sleepy as I was in the closing shift the previous day. We went to our meeting point near Al Fahidi Metro Station so we could begin our Hatta Mountain Safari tour. The first activity was seeing the desert sand dunes of Lahbab, Sharjah City. I was informed that [...]