Places in the Middle East

Articles on places I’ve worked in or visited in the Middle East.

Mellat Park – Explore one of Tehran’s Biggest Parks

Mellat Park, Tehran

Mellat Park, Tehran

Mellat Park, in Tehran, is in the Northern part of the city, towards Tajrish, and about half way between the two different hotels I stayed in on my last project in Tehran. It’s one of the biggest green spaces in the city and boasts a wide range of things to see, as well as plenty… Read more

Taleghani Park and Tabiat Bridge, Tehran. A Great Place to Chill Out

Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

The Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

My second project in Tehran was in January and February – the middle of Winter and very cold! Tehran has lots of parks, and all the ones I visited were popular and very well kept. This particular walk was to Taleghani Park, about a 45-minute walk from the hotel where I was staying in the… Read more

Dubai – Explore Jumeirah Beach Resort and the Marina

Atlantis at the Palm, Dubai

The Palm and the aero club runway, Dubai

Although Dubai is a prime tourist destination, I’ve done a couple of different projects there – hence me including it on this site. I have transitioned through Dubai many times to other countries for work (in the Middle East), or pleasure (the UK). I’ve not gone into detail here on the different attractions in Dubai… Read more

Tajrish, Tehran – Explore its Bazaar and Enjoy the Spectacular Shrine

Alborz Mountains, Tehran

The Alborz Mountains, Tehran

At the beginning of my second project in Tehran I was staying at the Esteghlal hotel, which is in the northern part of the city, near the Alborz mountains and the district of Tajrish. That picture above is the view I had from my room. Tehran is in the shadow of the Alborz mountains to… Read more

An Exciting Day Out: Dune Bashing in Dubai

Dune Bashing in Dubai

Dune Bashing in Dubai

If you’re in Dubai over a weekend and looking for something to do, I recommend Dune Bashing. All the major hotels can arrange a Dune Bashing trip for you and there are travel agencies who will do the same. You can also book online – just Google ‘dune bashing in Dubai’. There are generally 3… Read more

My Experiences on a 3-month Project in Riyadh

Kingdom Tower Riyadh

Kingdom Tower, Riyadh

From August to the end of November, 2016, I was part of a team working on a project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The trip from Hong Kong totalled 21 hours: I would get up at 4:00 am to get to the airport and catch the 7:50 Emirates flight to Dubai. I then had a 6-hour… Read more

Working in Tehran – Two Trips that I Enjoyed Tremendously

Entering Tehran from the Airport

Tohid Tunnel and Milad Tower, Tehran, Iran.

In 2017, I was lucky enough to spend a month in Tehran – I was there from late January until the end of February – deepest Winter! There was snow everywhere and the mercury stayed below freezing for the first week of that trip, the first time I had experienced temperatures that low for many… Read more