Welcome To Grapeshisha

Grapeshisha is an online travel guide to the Arabian Gulf, featuring tips, local knowledge, cultural information, and a whole lot more that help you understand what Nouveau Arabia is all about. Whether you are looking to move, to visit on a holiday or are just aghast at how this part of the world has transformed in less than half a century, Grapeshisha is for you.

Grapeshisha.com was launched in 2004, and has been one of the most popular sites about Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Since we started, Grapeshisha has been featured and referred to by many high profile sites. Here are some comments from the big guns:

  • Gridskipper: “one of the most excellent sites regarding the UAE and Dubai in particular”
  • MSN: [one of] “Dubai’s Awesome Links”
  • Mediaweek: “one of the best independent information sites about the UAE”.
  • Time Out: “Time Out’s Favourite UAE bloggers”
  • Concierge Magazine: [they]“frequently pick up on quiet trends gaining force in the Emirates”
  • Tripbase: “Best Blog about Dubai”
  • Abu Dhabi Week: “the blog to read”.

We have been featured regularly and referred to in the local UAE press including the Gulf News, The National, Khaleej Times and Emirates Business 24-7 as well as the international press most notably The Telegraph newspaper and the Times of India.

On occasion we find our way onto the best-of lists, compiled by bloggers as well as other mainstream press outlets. The travel books like us and heavyweight names have recommended us such as Whats On and and Time Out.

We have been quoted, profiled and referred to, both anonymously and named, in a number of books. And we were one of Maktoob/Yahoo’s very few featured business blogs for the region. We are profiled regularly in the blogger network, Global Voices as well as on the Al Bawaba blog round up and we are proud to be included within itoot, Arabia’s invite only blogger network. Grapeshisha provides information for publication, has been the source material for the Government’s Official Investor’s Guide to the UAE and is a recommended site by both the Dubai government and the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce.  Grapeshisha has provided advisory for a number of companies, including, The National Geographic.

In addition to publishing our blog on a regular basis, we continue to develop our independent articles to some of the most topical information required about Arabia and beyond and have a curated news section which collates all the relevant and influential news sources in one place. We also have a hotel booking comparison engine system, allowing you to compare the best rates from a multitude of travel agents to make sure you are paying the best price for your hotel.

Please send us your comments and suggestions. Your feedback will help us improve our information for other visitors to Gulf Arabia.

Please support us by buying one of our guides from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Zohara Hirji

Zohara & Rahim Hirji

Founder, Grapeshisha

Meet Our Team

Rahim HirjiFounder
Rahim founded Grapeshisha in 2003 by sending an email to a select few on arriving in Abu Dhabi. The email grew past a manageable number and grapeshisha was born.
Zohara HirjiEditor & Co-founder
After perfecting the art of mystery shopping in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Zohara has taken on the mantle of chief coal changer for Grapeshisha. She is as comfortable in Meena Bazaar in Dubai as she is at Etoiles in Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. She can bargain and party, but not at the same time.