The perfect study spot – Wild & The Moon Dubai

Hey Guys!

I have been super busy recently, and I am really excited for Spring Break! I have a tonne of really exciting and helpful posts planned for you guys, that I hope you’ll enjoy. Something else that I’ll also be doing during Spring Break is preparing for my AP exam, if you don’t know what that is, it’s the big examinations that all students in the American curriculum take if you’re in an Advanced Placement course. I’m really nervous for this exam, as I have a lot of content to study, but I’ll take you guys on that journey with me and give you guys some of my tips about studying for a big exam.

However, something that I’ve really been practicing recently is taking breaks. Usually, I like to get everything done early on the weekends, and I don’t get to spend time doing things I like and just giving myself some time to chill out. I talked about this a bit in my ‘February In Review’ post, but one thing that I’ve been doing to give myself more relaxation time is to schedule in breaks. Now… I LOVE food, I’m always up to try a new cafe or restaurant, and any place that makes a decent matcha latte is practically heaven for me. And I love being able to bring my laptop along so I can get a bit of work done while I wait for my food. Not in an unsociable way, but sometimes you just have a lot to get done! I have been looking for the perfect ‘study cafe’ for a long time, and I think Wild & The Moon wins.

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It literally has the cutest interior and gives off calm and relaxed vibes. I love being surrounded by plants and greenery, so as you can imagine this cafe is my dream. It’s very peaceful and simplistic, but there are lots of plants dotted around the place. It’s the perfect place to bring your laptop and get a change of scenery while you’re studying and have a delicious drink.

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If you know me at all, you know I love supporting ethical and environmentally friendly companies, and Wild & The Moon is perfect. It’s full of organic and plant-based foods, made from simple and fresh ingredients. I love this line from their philosophy “We need nourishment to grow, blossom, seed and spread…” Isn’t it just beautiful? It’s honestly my new favourite spot in Dubai, and I’ll definitely be back during Spring Break while I’m studying for my big exam. I really want to try some of their cool juices and smoothies next time I’m there, and I’ll let you know how they are.

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Let me know if you try this cafe and what you think!

See you next week for a super exciting post,

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Morning Adventures in Dubai – Hidden Gems of Dubai

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Yesterday I fought off the tiredness and woke up bright and early at 6am for a special adventure! My parents and I had originally just planned to go out for a quick breakfast, but we ended up going on a spontaneous adventure.

Mornings are my favourite time of day, I like being up before the rest of the city, and enjoying the peace. I also think you can achieve so much more when you start the day early, this whole adventure was over by 12, so I still had plenty of time to finish all my homework 🙂 This small guide will take you on our Dubai Morning Adventure, and hopefully inspire you to wake up early and explore your own city!

In my opinion, Fridays are the most peaceful day in Dubai. It’s like the whole city is asleep, so if you wake up early you’ll be sure to find some surprises. One of my favourite ways to spend the weekend is going to a market, even if I don’t buy anything, I just love the whole atmosphere, and the little stores you can find. We have a few markets open on Friday mornings in Dubai, but this weekend I visited a smaller farmers market in Business Bay, and I’d have to say it’s my favourite market in Dubai.

There is so much fresh produce in this market, I think it’s the best place to get fresh and organic ingredients. I also love the sandwich stand that Baker and Spice sets up, their breakfast sandwiches are AMAZING.

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Next up on the adventure, we stopped to grab a cup of Karak chai in the Al Satwa area (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I wrote a whole post about Karak chai in Dubai here) And we decided to drive out into the desert.

The desert never fails to astound me, while other countries and cities have their own natural wonders, the desert is definitely Dubai’s wonder. We drove out, down the desert roads, searching for the Al Qudra Lakes. After stopping at a man-made oasis we made it to the lakes, and it was breathtaking.

There’s something about being out in the desert so early, it is utterly peaceful, and you just feel so at ease with the world. Here’s what it looked like:

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They built these observation decks that you can climb up.

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After enjoying the lakes and oasis, we spotted some camels on our way home! I know, only things you would see in Dubai. How cool do they look?

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And that wraps up our morning adventure in Dubai. I love living in a city where there’s always something going on, and something to do. Hopefully, I can drag myself out of bed early enough next weekend for another adventure. Please let me know if you liked this post? And what you do to explore your own city!

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The UAE – UAE National Day!

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Today is UAE National Day! Exactly 46 years ago the United Arab Emirates was founded. As I live in Dubai, which is part of the UAE I thought that I would take some time today to share some facts about the UAE with you, for those of you who don’t know it that well.

When I first moved to Dubai I was pleasantly surprised with all the festivities that surrounded UAE National Day. Living in London, we never had a national day. We had a few bank holidays, but there isn’t a specific day where we celebrate our country. I think it’s amazing how the whole country comes together to celebrate this day, and I can tell you from what I see in Dubai, they certainly celebrate it well!!

  1. The UAE is made up of 7 Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah,  Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain.
  2. We usually get a day off school and work for UAE National Day 🙂
  3. The Dubai police have a Lamborghini, Ferarri, and a Bentley (SO COOL!)
  4. Only 13% of the population of the UAE is actually Arab! Lot’s of expats 😉
  5. Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World is home to the worlds fastest roller coaster, which travels at 150 mph. (I was too scared to try it when I visited)
  6.  25% of the worlds working cranes are in Dubai. What can I say? Dubai is a fast growing city!
  7. The hottest it’s ever been in the UAE was 52.1 degrees Celsius in July 2002. Yes, summers here are REALLY hot.
  8. The UAE used to rely heavily on pearl trading, we even have a museum to learn about this in Dubai.
  9. In 2020 Expo is going to be held in Dubai (the same year I graduate from high school!!)
  10. It only rains approximately 5 days in a year in Dubai! (trust me, we get really excited when it does rain)

I hope you found these facts interesting and you learned a bit more about the UAE and where I live. Happy Birthday to the UAE!

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How to spend a day in Dubai – Hidden Gems of Dubai

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So this week I decided to write another ‘Hidden Gems of Dubai’ post, but to change it up a bit. I’ve gathered some of my favourite activities in Dubai and put them into a day plan. So whether or not you’re a tourist, or you live here, here’s a small guide to a super exciting day in Dubai!

*Note: This day plan is most suitable for the cooler months in Dubai, as a lot of the activities are outdoor.

Starting the morning with the Ripe Market: Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE the Ripe Market. It’s literally my favourite place to visit on a Friday morning, because of the happy atmosphere and the amazing food 🙂 There are lots of food stores with healthy options for breakfast, as well as individual stores selling little bits and bobs. I usually go to the one in Za’abeel Park on Friday mornings, but there are quite a few Ripe Markets throughout the week. It’s a brilliant place to chill out and enjoy a walk while spending time with friends and family. IMG_8755IMG_8756IMG_8763IMG_8764IMG_8774IMG_8775IMG_8803IMG_8805

Lunch at Boxpark: For anyone that is visiting Dubai, Boxpark is a must do. It’s basically a bunch of stores and restaurants, but they are made from shipping containers. It’s a really trendy area and tends to get quite busy in the evenings, so I recommend taking a look during the day. One of my favourite things to do in Boxpark is to see all the artwork on the side of the streets and to write on the huge chalkboard where you can leave a nice message. There are lots of eating options in this area, but one of my favourite lunch spots is Markette (Hi guys, I’m really sorry but Markette has recently moved. So don’t go looking for it in Boxpark. There are still lots of other eating options in Boxpark that you can try!). It has so many yummy options, and the servers are really friendly, I would totally recommend it if you’re looking for a bite to eat in Boxpark.

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Kite Beach: Even after living in Dubai for three years, I still find it amazing that I can be in the city one minute and see the beautiful beach the next minute. Kite beach, hence the name is common for kite flyers, or parasailers etc… But there is also a running track stretching down the side of the beach, lots of restaurants and stalls, and plenty of sand to relax on. I would recommend going paddle boarding, as I did it once a few years ago and it was really fun. There are places where you can rent out all sorts of equipment and enjoy the ocean. After you enjoy some swimming and tanning, the view of the sunset from Kite Beach is the best in the whole of Dubai (in my opinion). It’s relaxing to just sit there and enjoy the breathtaking view as the sun hits the ocean.

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Salt: If you’re still on Kite Beach and fancy some dinner, Salt burger is the perfect place for you. It’s the ultimate burger joint in Dubai, and there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Their sliders are AMAZING, and my favorite drink from them is the lotus biscuit shake which is soooo delicious. In the evening you can sit on the benches outdoor, or in the covered area, and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere full of people enjoying their food.

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I hope you guys enjoyed that simple day plan for Dubai! Those are some of my favourite places to visit in Dubai, and I hope you try them as well. Be sure to tag me in any of your photos on Instagram (@Little.Miss.Expat) if you try any of these places. Enjoy your day!

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Hidden Gems of Dubai – Local Businesses

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So today I decided to write the second post in my ‘Hidden Gems of Dubai’ series In this post I’m going to introduce you to some local Dubai/UAE businesses, and tell you why I love them. Personally, I prefer to buy from smaller, more local shops, not only because you are supporting a small business, but also you find more unique and fun items. I actually wrote about one of my favorite boutiques, Charlie The Shop in my Summer Favourites post (click here to read it), but for a while, I found it hard to find stores like this in Dubai.

I’ve always been on the lookout for small boutiques and stores in Dubai because I don’t usually see a lot of them. So when I visited the Ripe Market last weekend, I was really excited to find LOADS of local businesses and stores. So this collection of local businesses I will share with you are mostly from the Ripe Market, but some are ones that I’ve known about for a while. (This will be something I will write about again in the future, so if you know any local stores in Dubai let me know in the comments, and I will go check them out)

The Salad Jar: So the Salad Jar isn’t necessarily a boutique, but I thought I would mention it in this post because it is a local business here. I’d heard about it quite a bit, but I had never actually tried their salads until they sent me a few. Let me tell you, they are so convenient to eat and have ready at home, and they taste soooo good. Their principle is Shake, Eat, Love. So they give you a layered salad in a jar that you have to shake to mix it, and then eat. It’s such an effective concept, and it’s really yummy! (They also have a stand at the Ripe Market so you can find them there, as well as on their website)

 

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Their stand at the Ripe Market

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A delicious salad from them

 

Emaan Home: I found Emaan Home at the Ripe Market last week, and I was immediately drawn to their stand by their really cute products. I think I got a little over-excited because I honestly loved everything there, but I ended up buying a beautiful speckled bowl, which I think I’m going to have my daily yogurt and granola in (for those of you who follow my Instagram, you’ll know I have an obsession with this). I’m also thinking about purchasing a planner from them, to keep me organized. As they have some really cool planner designs and, to be honest, I would buy everything in their store if I could.

 

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The beautiful speckled bowl I got from them

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Their stand at the Ripe Market, isn’t it so cute?

 

BDB Design Studios: I also came across this store at the Ripe Market, and I fell in love with their embroidered towels. They’re such great quality and the embroidery is really well done. I’ve put in a picture of the towels I purchased, and I think they’re the perfect gift for a friend back home, because of the cute camel design. I look forward to buying more from them in the future! (unfortunately, their website is under construction at the moment, but you can visit their Facebook or Pinterest pages)

 

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I still can’t get over how cute these are!

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Lua Luz: This dainty jewelry store, has been all I’ve been thinking about for the past week! I’m quite particular about the jewelry I wear, I only like to wear dainty pieces, and they have to be long lasting and good quality. And I’ve been on the lookout recently for a dainty necklace with lots of charms, and the necklace I got from them was BEAUTIFUL. I mean just look at the picture. Who wouldn’t love it? You should definitely go look at some of their designs if you’re in need of some new jewelry.

 

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I mean WOW.

 

 

 

Ripe Organic: Okay so technically this isn’t a small business, it’s actually really popular in Dubai, but I still love it and want to share it with you guys. If you guys know me, you know that I love learning about new healthy foods and recipes, and learning how my body works. But sometimes I find it really hard to find all the ingredients out here and I can’t make the recipes I want to. Ripe Organic is a store that sells organic food, which is locally grown in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (!) They also sell a bunch of superfoods, and pantry staples, as well as gluten-free treats! Anyone who lives in Dubai definitely has to check them out.

 

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My heaven

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The Green EcoStore: Guys, I’m all about helping the environment and when I see a store that’s doing this it makes me really happy. The Green EcoStore is a business in Dubai that sells every single eco-friendly item you could possibly want. I’m not kidding. From eco-friendly cleaning products to kitchenware they have it all. They also have a stand at the Ripe Market, if you’re interested in taking a look!

So, those are my 6 favorite local businesses and stores in Dubai at the moment. Like I said I’m always on the lookout for new stores to visit, so if you know any let me know in the comments. Also, if you’re a local business in Dubai visit my collab page, and I’ll be sure to look at your store. Please let me know if you enjoyed this kind of post, and if it was helpful for you!

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Hidden Gems of Dubai – 1 Dirham Tea

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As an English expat in Dubai, I have brought one of my greatest loves across the ocean with me. TEA. I looooove tea, there’s nothing I love more than curling up under a fluffy blanket on a cold winters night with a good book and a ginormous cup of tea. Perfection.

As an English expat my friends always tease me about loving tea, because it’s kind of stereotypical. But I feel like I have managed to find a link between these two cultures that is so simple and delicious. How weird is it that?

So you may be thinking what is she talking about? Tea in Dubai?????? Whaaaat. Well, I’ll share my special secret with you. I consider this piece of information a hidden gem of Dubai (hence the name). Dubai is an amazing city and there are so many places to visit here and so many things to see. But sometimes I feel like it’s the small, simple things that we miss out on because we didn’t know they existed, that end up being the best.

This hidden gem of Dubai incorporates all of the simplicity that I love, as well as giving you a peek into Dubai’s traditional culture. A lot of the time, even living in Dubai, I don’t visit the old parts of Dubai very often, which is a shame because they are both beautiful, and rich with history.

One of the things that I would totally recommend if you’re a tourist or a resident is going to get ‘1 Dirham Tea’ Dirham is the currency of Dubai in case you didn’t know, so this is basically one pound tea. If you are familiar with ‘Karak Chai’ which is popular all across the Gulf (but is originally from South Asian countries), this is basically it. For those of you who don’t know what Karak Chai is, it’s a heavier tea filled with spices and milk and is absolutely delicious. It’s one of the things I crave the most when I travel out of the country for a long time.

You can find this basically on any street corner in older Dubai. In places such as Satwa, you will see little tea shops on every street, all you need to do is ask for your cup of tea and hand over your 1 dirham coin. It’s so simple and so delicious.

Let me know if you guys enjoyed this hidden gem! Be sure to let me know what your hidden gems of your cities are?

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Here are some pictures of my tea

 

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The delicious tea


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Alternatively, you can find this drink in other places. This was taken in Karak House Dubai, many other cafes sell this drink as well.

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This is the store I usually get my tea from, but like I said you can literally find it anywhere.