Since arriving in the UAE a number of years ago, we have consistently heard great things about the Ripe Markets that take place at various locations throughout the Emirates. With the weather finally cooling down and the fact that we were yet to visit the newly renovated Mother Of The Nation Park (formally Mushrif Central Park) in Abu Dhabi – we finally decided that it was about time that we went to check it out for ourselves.

Lets just get one thing out of the way – we here at Out & About UAE absolutely love a good Friday brunch!

Brunch is a pastime that we don’t really have in the United Kingdom. So we were super excited to discover the all you can eat/all you can drink mayhem of this legendary UAE tradition upon our arrival on these shores. Having worked our way through a fair number of these brunches over the past two years, we are calling it now… Olea at the St. Regis Saadiyat currently has the best Friday brunch in the capital!

Having heard so many good things about this establishment, and being in the vicinity of Masdar City this past weekend – we decided that it was about time that Out & About UAE visited Jim’s Kitchen Table. So after a quick trip on the driver-less cars (which you can read more about here), we were in the heart of futuristic Masdar city, attempting to find the restaurant with much difficulty – it would seem that signage and maps are a rarity in the future…  

The UAE (like the rest of the world) is addicted to the notion of the next best thing, or the new and unique experience. Over the past few years we have seen culinary food gimmicks evolve to unprecedented levels! What began with the combining of ingredients, giving us the must have foodie item of 2013 ‘the cronut’ (half donut half croissant), has evolved into the downright bizarre – have you seen the chocolate sharwarma found in Dalma Mall?

Nowadays even the way in which our food is presented to us has to be innovative – yes we are looking at you Rogo’s, with your astounding rollercoaster delivery system. The novelty of these ideas shows no sign of letting up… So we here at Out & About UAE, were really intrigued with the concept of FrostBite – the creation of ice cream out of thin air!

After a brief summer hiatus Out & About UAE is back! Kicking off with a new feature to the blog in the form of our very first restaurant review.

Pizza Express is a staple of the UK high street, so (as British expats) we were very excited to discover that the company were opening their very first branch in Abu Dhabi at the World Trade Centre Mall. The restaurant itself is located on the fifth floor of the mall and is currently the only place open on this level, but don’t let that put you off as the venue is simply stunning.

As the weather in the UAE changes and we brace ourselves for the oppressive heat of another desert summer, we suggest that you take to one of the many waterparks for an opportunity to cool off and attempt to escape the heat.

There are a number of waterpark options throughout the Emirates, so we have visited them to give you the pros and cons of each park. Out & About UAE proudly present ‘The Water Park Rundown!’