Ask Saba Wahid

From gardening at home to finding inspiration at Global Village, Saba Wahid shows the way
Saba Wahid
Saba Wahid

Creative inspiration at global village
With 2012 bringing hope and change to our lives, why not take up a new hobby or try something out of your usual routine. Global Village has recently opened its gates to an abundant array of textiles, trinkets and unusual materials that could really prove useful for winter arts and craft projects. So, if you’re looking to revamp your living room, but don’t want to spend a lot of money then this is the perfect way. Sewing your own pillow cushions or even finding the raw materials for new curtains are all easy to do with everything on offer in the diverse range of world pavilions at this festive fair. If you’re looking to make something more practical, you could try custom table runners or even funky coloured aprons for everyday use. The possibilities are endless once you get those creative ideas flowing. And after a long day of shopping at the Global Village you can always treat yourself to some delicious treats with an eclectic mix of food options available throughout the fairgrounds. My favourite are the mini Dutch pancakes covered in Nutella (right next to the Pakistan stall) - truly AMAZING!

Experiment with our green thumb
Gardening is a great way to feel comfortable at home despite the hustle and bustle of this fast paced city we live in. The Dubai Garden Centre is a great resource to try out your nimble ‘green thumb’ - they offer ample support and assistance to those looking to explore the world of gardening. With a large supply of imported indoor plants to locally grown outdoor shrubbery, plus all the tools and gadgets to sustain it, there is bound to be something that inspires you. Additionally if you are looking to be more adventurous and are willing to go the distance, there are several garden nurseries around the UAE worth checking out. In Al Aweer not only is there a plant souk but also a fruit and vegetable market where you get first dibs on the freshest produce and greens the UAE has to offer. If you are going down this road, a helpful book to check out before starting this project is ‘Gardening in the UAE and Oman’ by Anne Love with plenty of insight into the impact of the regional climate and irrigation methods. Happy gardening!

Closet chaos no more
The new year is a time for changes and fresh clean starts, so why not begin at home? Often as a result of our busy lifestyle here in Dubai, we come home to clutter that accumulates over the year. This is the perfect time to get rid of that unwanted mess and organise the things that are important. Buying inexpensive storage containers are always helpful. IKEA is a great resource for such things, you just have to go into the store with an idea of what you need, otherwise the whole experience can be very overwhelming. If you need to organise shoes and clothes, the flat containers that fit into the bottom of your closet or under the bed are useful. If you have a storage area, build some shelving to make extra floor space. The kitchen is always an area that requires constant maintenance. If you like to cook with spices, then surely your spice cabinet is in frequent use. Ikea as well as Home Centre sell cute little glass jars in which you can place and label all your cooking components. Kitchen drawers are another challenge, but thankfully they also sell compartmentalised trays that will help keep clutter at bay.

INFO: Saba Wahid is writing her very own cookery book and is a renowned food expert.