Saturday, February 04, 2017

Abu Dhabi, Etc.

Let the fun begin!
Last weekend, before the unusual cold arrived that has settled on this region over the past week, both Vito and I did not have to go to work on Sunday, so the three of us left Doha and spent three days in Abu Dhabi for a little UAE getaway. We left on Thursday night and returned Sunday afternoon. Our flight departed at 7:30PM, but there was a one-hour time difference. All told, we were seated at the Brauhaus at the Beach Rotana by 10:30PM, tired but happily waiting for our brews and platters of boiled and grilled sausages, something we couldn't get in Doha.

Friday was reserved for a visit to Ferrari World, which was one of the main reasons for choosing to go to Abu Dhabi. Hanging red lanterns and a large dragon greeted us at the entrance of the theme park decorated in celebration for Chinese New Year. Highlights of the day included the three of us riding the world's fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, which was breathtaking, and then only me riding the world's highest loop rollercoaster on the Flying Aces ride. Aside from the rollercoasters that venture out-of-doors, Ferrari World is the largest indoor theme park in the world! The park wasn't terribly crowded, but it is still developing and people were working on three of four projects simultaneously while we were there. Despite the fact that work was on-going, there were plenty of other things to keep us occupied.

The inner courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Notice the unusual chandeliers inside the
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Another reason to go to Abu Dhabi was to see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque there, which may, perhaps, be considered among the most beautiful mosques in the world. It looks particularly stunning at night, the white marble bright with colored lights and its high minarets and domes welcoming people as they enter the city. We spent Saturday morning wandering around an Abu Dhabi neighborhood near the corniche, and then we walked along part of the corniche which followed a long sandy beach. We were impressed that there was such a huge public beach in the center of the city.

The weather was great--surprisingly warm for mid-winter--and after walking in the sun for a while, we started to really feel the heat. We hailed a cab and drove to the Jumeriah Hotel at Etihad Towers and took the elevator up to the observation deck, which gave us a fantastic 360° view of the city. When we were finished with our refreshments, we drove to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before going back to our hotel for the evening. Vito and I went for the swim in the infinity pool which overlooked the sea--there were quite a few people around the pool, the last of the weekend revelers. When we were done with our swim and after the sunlight had all but disappeared, we went up to our room to change before heading out to a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner.

Inside the Abu Dhabi International Airport departures terminal.
We didn't have much of an agenda for Sunday morning and we had to leave for the airport after lunch, so we just sat in the sun resting on lounge chairs by the sea. Most of the weekend guests had left so we felt like we had the beach to ourselves. Abu Dhabi was a slower and quieter place, and it was almost a disgrace to barge in for a three-day whirlwind weekend. It felt like we were surrounded by water and we crossed numerous bridges in our short visit. When asking about the mild traffic and the quaint atmosphere of the city, a taxi driver mentioned that many people went to Dubai on the weekend and, in fact, a former colleague of mine that had moved there a few years ago was doing just that so we didn't get to see him and his wife.

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