Arabian Nights Village: Serenity, At Last

My experience with local desert safaris has been limited to the cheap, run-of-the-mill tourist packages based out of Dubai. To a newcomer who isn’t seeking the romanticized ambience I had envisioned, these fit the bill nicely. Escape the bustling city, bash some dunes, and feast…

5 Kid-free Days in Langkawi

I couldn’t close the door. It was 11:30 PM and the house was asleep – except for the husband and I, tiptoeing out the front door, suitcase in tow. Suitcase. Singular. One bag for two people. This hasn’t happened in four years: were were going…

Escape the Minivan: Chevy Traverse

A big family means you need big cars. Having a large, cool-looking SUV seems to be Abu Dhabi’s standard, regardless of family size – look at all that empty cargo space behind the single, young driver! But when your family grows to two adults, two children, and a baby – that is…

Staycationing in the Middle of Nowhere

Back home before we came here, our family used to spend a lot of time in the outdoors- taking trips to the countryside, hiking, exploring the natural world around us. Since moving here, between the summer temperatures that prohibit spending anytime outdoors and the centralization…