Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve at Bu Qtair
I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. I hope it is blessed with joy, peace, good health and all good things.

Christmas Eve is always very special to me and for the past two years I celebrated with friends I met on Twitter.

Last year we began a tradition of gathering all Dubai solos at our favorite fish restaurant, Bu Qtair.  And so it was that Paul, Karla, Rupert, Alison, Ryan, Shahveer, Shru, Faisal, Ken, Belle, Wajiha and I met there last night.

Our table
Rupert, Paul and Karla brought Christmas crackers that were soon pulled, the hats donned and confetti sent flying in all directions.

Fish and...
... prawns for Christmas Eve

Bu Qtair is very simple but serves the best fish in town. Overlooking Burj al-Arab, opposite Umm Suqeim port, it is in fact a sandpit with a hut. But the fish is fresh and succulent. We feasted on Shari and Hammour fish, spicy prawns, parathas and curry fish sauce washed down with excellent tea. Although we usually eat with our hands, our friendly waiters seemed to think the occasion called for some cutlery and we were all shocked to see two forks and two knives.  Another novelty was Nasser’s shaven head and leather jacket outfit, instead of the usual net that covers his hair and white uniform… But it was Christmas Eve!

Thank you all for coming and for those who missed it, you can get a feel of the place and some of the fun by joining us here.

Merry Christmas!