Up the top

28/03/2015

Finally made it up the Burj Khalifa. What’s really interesting is the amount of space around still left to build on.

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Movement

27/03/2015

I love the way the iPhone camera sometimes catches movement.

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Solar’s here

15/03/2015

This is brilliant and long awaited.

Dubai is really coming along in leaps and bounds.

There’s been an incredible improvement in services recently – government and telcos’ online offerings and smartphone apps now abound. The road infrastructure is frankly superb now, du have 4G internet everywhere, the airport is absolutely world class and carries more passengers than Heathrow.

Compare Dubai and the UAE in general with the rest of the region…

Tuning up

13/03/2015

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Wheels on the bus

20/02/2015

I played some nursery rhymes at Zara’s second birthday party last week.

The bouncy castle was also a hit.

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Snowed in

20/02/2015

Flight home from Istanbul on Weds was cancelled after the incoming EK flight arrived but turned back as there were no ‘spaces left for the plane’, we were told.

Fortunately a friend from Dubai was on the same flight and helped out finding a place for us to stay that night. Got home the following day a few hours later than expected, but at least I am home.

Istanbul doesn’t seem to be well equipped for snow!

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Glacial

07/02/2015

Made it to Lagos last week – visa costs of around $600 and they only gave me a three month visa, which was infuriating. At least I had a visa this time.

The airport is a tiny bit better and even the service at the grotty Four Points was above its usual standard, although the AC now blows not only cold but also damp air.

Some pics.

Ebola alert.

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Me and the disti team, Adedayo and Peter.

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Airport parking.

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Fresh from Holland. Really?

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Great name for a shop.

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Say it loud.

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Goodbye launderette

07/02/2015

We have a new washing machine (the excitement!). The old one died and wasn’t worth repairing.

It’s a Samsung with a feature called Air Dry, which claims to be able to clean dry clean only clothes. If it can clean my suit it’ll pay for itself quite quickly. (Disclaimer, we also have a maid who does all the ironing).

If you’re in a meeting with me this week and can smell the damp mouldy scent of clothes that have recently spent a few days at the Four Points Lagos, you’ll know the Air Dry feature doesn’t work…

Ill

07/02/2015

I’m never ill. Perhaps one or two days a year with a bit of a cold or an upset stomach, but that’s it.

This year I had a terrible cold, which turned into another terrible cold mixed with food poisoning returning from Lagos (don’t eat the samosas in the lounge). Thankfully I could work from home for most of this week.

Three weeks since it started I’m pretty much back to normal but just feel out of sorts and mildly ‘ugh’ still.

Poor me.

I’m never one for saying ‘there’s a lot of it about’, but this year there seems to have been. Friends in Dubai have been dropping like flies.

Certainly makes me appreciate my normal state much more.

Two

07/02/2015

Zara turned two on Friday.

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