Blogs from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Middle East


Firstly, I apologise to those who tried the link to previous Dubai trip found in the last blog. They didn’t work. Hopefully, the links are now fixed so please feel free to revisit our previous trips to Dubai. I guarantee something different each time. From a surreal Halloween party that we unknowingly gate crashed in 2011 to wondering what would happen if I drop a penny off the top of the Burj Khalifa in 2014!! Back to the story...Just as the first person to catch Covid-19 in the UK and not bring it in to the country was diagnosed, a man who lived in Surrey, we were checking out of our hotel oblivious to this fact. Although today was embarkation day, the ship, the MSC Lirica, would not set sail until 10pm. For this reason, the ... read more
Information and hapiness desk
7 of the 82 domes of the Grand Mosque
The reflecting pool -The Grnd Mosque (1)

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 2nd 2019

Abu Dhabi 11-27-2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi la capital va la 2nd largest city of Unired Arab Emirates sau Dubai. Du thuyen den Abu Dhabi luc 8am. Toi muon xe taxi di den nhung noi ma toi dinh di. Truoc nhat la di den Desert Sahara. Mat 45’ de di den noi. Tai xe taxi co kien thuc ve dia du tai day nen anh ta dua den cho dep nhat cua vung nay la nhung doi cat rat dep. Toi da di den Sahara nhieu lan ma lan nay la toi thich thu nhat. Toi o day khoang 1 tieng roi tro ve thanh pho va noi toi den ke tiep la Sheikh Grand Mosque. Toi chua tung thay Mosque nao dep nhu o day voi nhung columns dep mat. Rat nhieu ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi April 21st 2019

It's been a long few months, and I'll go into some of my Saudi Arabia travels in a future blog, but for the moment, I will go into a much needed weekend of fun, rest and friends. Fortunately, at the last minute, our company gave us Sunday off for Easter, so I could justify spending two nights in a nice hotel in Abu Dhabi without having to go to work the next day. This was instigated by a former coworker of mine from Ventura who was coming to put on a workshop this week and I told her I would show her around over the weekend. So, I booked a room at a hotel near to hers that was super nice and resort-y. I was so looking forward to the weekend and even booked a massage ... read more
the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace
Grand Mosque

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 31st 2018

Vorgestern sind wir von Al Ain zuerst nach Abu Dhabi und dann weiter nach Dubai gefahren. In Abu Dhabi waren wir in der großen Moschee und danach im Heritage Village an der Küste. Von dort sind wir zu einer Mall gefahren und dort habe ich wieder in einem Starbucks Kaffee getrunken. Dann sind wir die schöne Corniche (Küstenstraße) entlang zum Abu Dhabi Louvre. Der wurde ja erst letztes Jahr eröffnet und ist sehr sehenswert. Da er aber geschlossen war, haben wir ihn nur von außerhalb gesehen. Anschließend waren wir noch bei der Formel 1 Strecke und sind von da dann nach Dubai gefahren. In Dubai haben wir gesehen, dass wegen Silvester so viele Leute zur Dubai Mall und dem Burj Khalifa wollten, dass die Straßen gesperrt werden mussten. Wir sind aber problemlos zu unserem Hotel und ... read more
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Abu Dhabi Louvre.
Bei der Abu Dhabi Formel 1 Strecke.

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 31st 2018

Short, sweet spontaneous. We managed to fit in a fair amount into that long weekend, but with the sort of relaxed nonchalance that abides in the presence of good company and gratitude: sunshine, relaxation, food, shopping, beach, culture, work, new years eve celebrations. And a stay at the most extraordinary hotel; the architecture was something to be marvelled at (and in the UAE, that's saying something).... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi November 27th 2018

A lie in was had after the late night last night. Bethany and Nick were still asleep by the time I got up and showered. Once dressed I started my usual routine of getting some cups of coffee. I sat out on the balcony to start my blog I hadn’t written the night before. The air was humid from the rain that had hit the main island the night before and I lazily lay back on the balcony furniture whilst recalling an exciting, exhilarating and a once in a lifetime day. The moment of the race that stood out for me was the three world Champions (Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso) doing donuts on the start finish straight. A great tribute to allow Alonso to join them after a terrible few years with McLaren. He will be ... read more
Abu Dhabi Hill
Sunset from the stand
the not quite Red arrows

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi November 25th 2018

I wake up in panic. There is a knock on the door. Jesus have I overslept. I stagger bleary eyed to the door to find Lisa. “You wanted me to wake you for your run”. This was not mentioned the night before and it was apparent that Lisa had dreamt the whole thing. She apologised and I close the door I collapse back into bed look at my phone and it is just after 6am. Having got to sleep at 2 am last night I receded back into sleep until my alarm went off at 9.30. The usual morning routine takes place. I shower, dress and sit down for a cup of percolated coffee before departing to Denny’s to get our fill before we get the taxi to Yas Island. Today is race day and as ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi November 24th 2018

The alarm went off at 8am and I roll over and switch it off remembering the texts my wife was sending me a few hours before. Probably not appreciating the 4 hour time difference she seemed determined to wake me. The run for this morning was out of the window. I staggered bleary eyed into the kitchen and again praised Lisas hospitality as I poured myself a freshly percolated coffee she had prepared before leaving for work. Outside the streets were busy with weekend traffic and the city looked alive with energy. I took my coffee back to bed and put on an audiobook in order to kick my brain into gear. A couple of cups of coffee later, having showered and dressed I knocked Nick and Bethany awake. I left them to carry out their ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi November 23rd 2018

Now let me make this quite clear from the start. I had been warned not to drink the water from the tap. Lisa has kindly bought water to drink and to brush our teeth in. Not a drop had passed these lips since arriving. The food has been magnificent and I have no doubt that this is what caused the incident when I got to the race circuit today. Now I know you are all waiting with baited breath of the potential story that this could lead to but you will have to wait because this story starts with me waking up. The day is bright and I can tell that it is going to be a hot one. In fact I’ve heard that they only had a days rain last year and in fact I ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi November 22nd 2018

Here I am sat on the balcony on the first morning of my much anticipated trip to the Middle East. This is my second visit to this area of the world having done a quick stop into Dubai on route to New Zealand 15 years ago. This time I would be stepping out of the airport and entering a culture and diverse region that I am totally alien to. Why I would leave my wife and kids for this trip one month before Christmas is a personal one. For years I worked within Motorsports having worked at Britain’s newest race track (at the time) Rockingham in Corby. It was here, working 15 hour days, that I met a family that would become as close to me as my blood one. Sheena Macdonald was working in the ... read more

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