When it rained

Dubai gets just a few days of rain every year and it becomes a momentous occasion. Radio stations bring out their romantic playlists across languages, social media posts of raindrops and wet roads jostle for attention and every one is smiling. What’s app groups remind everyone that it’s magical and encourage people to head away from the office for tea or coffee.

Cloud formations visit a city that is used to clear skies and there’s a wonderful nip in the air. There’s a sense of celebration because everyone knows there’s not too many days like this.

I wonder when friends and relatives from other parts of the world see our posts of raindrops and clouds, do they wonder as they look at their rain drenched windows, what the big deal is.

Hear are some wonderful moments from my camera yesterday as this day of blessing passed by during a dubai winter. And yes, the day was magical!

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Vegas through my iphone

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I was in Vegas this week and here are some pictures of the city through my iphone.

Vegas has a vibrant energy of its own and weaves its dreams for anyone who visits. I loved the kitsch, the neon, the details in the architecture, the amazing sense of service across the city and the amazing shows by Cirque de Soliel. Each hotel is themed and inspired by elements of that theme. Venice, New York, Paris and a host of themes are reflected in the best hotels in Vegas. Each hotel is a self sufficient Eco system in itself with its casinos, shopping malls, pools, world class restaurants and facilities.

I was there for just 3 days and here are some pictures from the trip.

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Snapshots of dubai

Some pics of Dubai in the downtown area near the worlds tallest tower, burj Khalifa. I love the blend of modernity and culture in the area. The architecture is inspired by the old world charm of Arabia and the Burj sits within this in its majestic and imposing form. The tower form is derived from a flower of the region and is perfect for the wind speeds for its height

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