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Published: December 15th 2014
Looking good in the UAE
Five minutes into this excursion and Kyle decided i needed to invest in a quality, tailor-made abaya. I'm not sure what prompted this thought.
Our first day in Abu Dhabi and we were wide awake long before the rest of the City. We slept well on our flight, but we are not immediately adjusted to our new time zone that is 10 hours ahead of home. Dad and I were awake at 4am because we were so hungry. (Thank you Mom for the Rice Krispy Treats!)
After a big breakfast, we ventured out to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It was stunning--emmaculate, well manicured landscape, friendly staff and high level security. The mosque is home to the world's largest Persian rug. It was a peaceful, inviting place.
We are a little taken aback by the prosperity, orderliness, cleanliness and quiet nature of Abu Dhabi. We have never been to a Middle Eastern country where the drivers are not regularly honking their car horns as they drive! The traffic flows smoothly in response to traffic lights and rules of the road. The highways make I-70 look quaint, if not dated. The modern highways and luxury vehicles make a perfect combination for driving at extreme speeds, but I suppose that is to be expected.
A brief nap to cure our jetlag hangover and we were
back exploring. If shopping is the national pastime, we would be remiss to not investigate at least one mall! We stopped in the Yas Mall for burgers and fries and then to the beach for a long walk. Gorgeous weather, or as Kyle says, "chamber of commerce weather."
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