Friday, January 27, 2012

New UAE shoe fashion trend?

Shoes are a big thing for women. We usually have many, many pairs, in every style, color, shape…

Around here, it is no different. Local women love shoes, especially the very shiny and sparkly ones, with extremely high heels.

So, it was not really a surprise when I came across these in two different venues. Could they be an indication of a new UAE shoe fashion trend?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Brazilian artist makes her debut in the Middle East

Jessica Mein, a Brazilian artist who lives and works between New York, São Paulo and Dubai, is getting ready to open the doors to her first solo show in the Middle East.

Her most recent creations – five short animations and selected works on paper – will be showcased in Gallery 2 of The Pavillion Downtown, from January 22nd through March 8th, 2012.  

Can’t make it to Dubai? Not to worry. In April, Mein will be down in Brazil for an exhibition in Galeria Leme, São Paulo.

Until then you can check out her work by visiting her website:

About Jessica Mein
Mein works across media mainly focusing on drawing, collage, books and animation. She holds MFA degree from Hunter College and BA from Duke University. Mein’s solo shows to date include: Verso Reverso, Simon Preston Gallery, NYC (2011); Cegueira, Gallery Pfeister, Denmark (2010); and Natureza Morta, Tony Wright Gallery, Chicago, USA (2009); Feldman Gallery Project Room, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, USA (2009); Simon Preston Gallery (with Carlos Bevilacqua), New York, NY, USA (2008). She recently participated in group exhibitions at the Drawing Center and the Big Screen Project, New York, USA (2011). Mein’s works are included in prestigious public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; and Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Last chance to experience the Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village

The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race fleet, which left Alicante, Spain, back in October, and arrived in Abu Dhabi on January 4th, will set sail again tomorrow, Saturday, January 14th, for Sanya, in China.

But, before this happens, much will still take place down at the Destination Village, built at the Corniche breakwater especially for the Abu Dhabi stopover.

Today, Friday, January 13th, besides all the regular daily activities (sailing classes, fitness sessions, maritime museum, videos, dhow display, cultural performances and much more), you have the opportunity to see Telefonica, Groupama, Camper, PUMA and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing fight for 1st place at the In-Port Race, congratulate the teams during the prize giving ceremony, from 4pm, and end your night with The Straits performance (entirely for free), from 9pm.

And remember the Volvo Ocean Race restart takes place on Saturday, January 14th, from 12pm to 3pm! You won't want to miss that!

For more information go to

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Drug restrictions in the UAE

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my cousin, who was very alarmed by an article he had read recently regarding the UAE drug laws and several arrests that had been made in the country over tiny quantities of drugs and over-the-counter medications.  

For those of you travelling to the UAE, I’ll repeat what I said to him:

Yes, it is true. The UAE has a very strict, zero-tolerance drugs policy and possession of even the tiniest amounts of illegal drugs will get you into trouble.

Not really a surprise, since most countries also have similar rules and regulations in place when it comes to drugs, right?

Well, the difference is in what the UAE considers as illegal drugs…

Some medicines that you buy freely and with no control in pharmacies back home might be in the black list over here.

Possession of painkillers like codeine and even some cold and flu medication could mean trouble. And in this case, trouble means years behind bars.

With all this in mind, my advice to you is:

If you need to bring any medication into the country, contact the UAE embassy to check if these drugs are prohibited or controlled.

In any case, even if you are told your medications should present no problem upon entry in the UAE, I would recommend you bring the original prescription from your Doctor with you, just to be on the safe side…

I found a list of controlled medications on the internet (click here to see it). Although I am not 100% sure of its accuracy, it won’t hurt to have a look. It might give you an idea of the kind of restricted substances in the UAE.

I have tried contacting the Ministry of Health here in Abu Dhabi to see if I could get hold of an official list of restricted medications, but so far I had no luck. Once I finally do, I’ll post it here.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to give it a try, here is the contact info: / +971 2 6117239.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dubai – Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires

As of today, Emirates has daily nonstop flights to the most wonderful city in the world: Rio de Janeiro, my hometown.

The aircraft, which took off from Dubai International Airport at 7:10am, is expected to arrive at Airport Antônio Carlos Jobim (commonly known as GALEÃO) at 3:37pm - after 14 long hours, made a little bit easier by Emirates' award-winning service and in-flight entertainment system.

Can't help but wish I was on that flight...

'Minha alma canta (my soul sings), vejo o Rio de Janeiro (I see Rio de Janeiro), estou morrendo de saudades (oh how I miss it)...'

And there is more... After dropping off passengers in Rio, the flight continues on to Buenos Aires, Argentina's most cosmopolitan city, arriving at Ezeiza Airport at 7:30pm.