GCC Construction Ongoing Projects Overview – June 2014; Zawya Projects Insights


The construction sector in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar is expected to record average growth of 9% in 2015, industry heads told Zawya Projects. The UAE market will see a spate of projects moving from design to construction stage by end of 2014, while Kuwait, where a slew of projects are planned, has yet … Continue reading

How to make Red Lobster Biscuits – almost


Though I have eaten them just once, the aaah moment of discovering Red Lobster biscuits remain in this foodie memory. Copycat recipes are all over the net. I thought I would try DamnDelicious ‘s recipe (uses sugar in her version and melts the butter – avoid).  But other experts (Natashaneagle) urge you to use really … Continue reading

Sinful Beetroot Chocolate Coffee Ganache Cake with olive oil (butter free)


My daughter loves red velvet cake but I hate food colouring. I discovered this recipe http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/beetrootchocolate-cake-1273 and had beetroots in my kitchen. Hate vegetables but liked the idea of sheep disguised in wolf’s clothing for a change. Note – chop beetroots and mince in food processor. Squeeze out all the juice by hand (drink it … Continue reading

2014 and GCC construction opportunities; Dubai awaits EXPO 2020 win


Around USD 3.45 trillion worth of projects are in the design, bid or construction stage until 2025 in the GCC, according to Zawya project tracking data compiled in November 2013. Should Dubai win the bid for Expo 2020 on November 27, the UAE market will see a flurry of big ticket projects, said industry experts … Continue reading

The Flying Feteer show – Street food, Dubai


Despite living in Dubai for so many years, I had yet to experience the melt-in-your-mouth cheese and honey feteer from Al Ammor, Deira. My foodie forays had uncovered many hidden gems in Dubai in the last 19 years, especially, during Ramadan and Iftar time. A true foodie knows that if you want to really understand … Continue reading