Danae Mercer


Do you want to do Dubai on the cheap? Consider summer. Seriously. If you’re not that bothered about doing the outdoorsy stuff (hot air balloon rides, desert safaris, walking around Marina, breathing outside…), then think about visiting Dubai in the summer. Thanks to the overwhelming heat, the city grows quiet. Expats flee to cooler climes. Travellers don’t visit. And as a result, hotels slash their prices while adding in perks. There’s still… Read More

It’s summer in Dubai and people have fled the inevitable heat, heading out in drips and drops through May, floods through June. By 6am, temperatures push 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Those of us who stay, we work around the swelter and the sweat. Early mornings. Late nights. And quiet moments stolen on even quieter beaches. Like this, here. A friend and I snuck out with sunrise to play at being photographers. Afterwards… Read More

I am in a Middle East on the cusp of change. Two days ago, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to drive for the first time. Here in Dubai, the country is trying to find ways to allow freelancers in and businesses to stay. Visas are being offered, extended, changed. Visas are often on my mind these days. I’ve resigned from my full-time role at the magazines. While I’m still handling them,… Read More