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I've been over ten times to Dubai, but never stepped foot in Abu Dhabi. I have to admit, the Great Mosque has been for years on my wish list of places to visit. Here it is! This blog is just a month overdue, I know! We first spent few days in Dubai. We met some friends, I obviously went back to ski at Ski Dubai, but not many pictures from this part, so no blog either. We rented a car for the two nights we would be spending in Abu Dhabi. First time driving for me in the UAE, and it actually went pretty fine. The main rule here, is be careful of the crazy driving of the locals...because whatever happen, you will be wrong and it will cost you. Good news, it's 90% foreigners on ... read more
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Monday March 6 – We had to get up at 6:30am today, to have breakfast and catch the bus to Abu Dhabi at 8am. It took two hours to get there, and then we caught a cab to the Grand Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi and the only one that allows non Muslims to enter. “Grand” hardly describes it – it’s amazing. They have free tours every day, usually at 10am, 11am, and 5pm. We were there for the 11am tour, and I was surprised how many people were there but were not on the tour. It was so good. Our tour guide walked us around the outside and inside, explaining everything to us. The building is stunning and light. Jeroen much preferred it to any church he’s ever seen as he ... read more
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Geo: 24.4764, 54.3705The Zanzibar Buffet is relatively quiet when we arrive for breakfast. We pick a table with a view over the gulf and the many flat islands dotting the horizon. We later learn that over 200 islands make up what is the largest of the 7 Emirates, Abu Dhabi.We head to the aft bar to collect our tour stickers and then head outside to pick up the tour. We board coach number 4 and meet our tour guide Marshall. He's very knowledgeable and chatty, explaining the history of Abu Dhabi as we make our way towards our first stop The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Not the biggest mosque in the world but pretty sure it is the most impressive. We spot the gold topped domes from a few miles away and although I had seen ... read more
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Geo: 24.4764, 54.3705The Zanzibar Buffet is relatively quiet when we arrive for breakfast. We pick a table with a view over the gulf and the many flat islands dotting the horizon. We later learn that over 200 islands make up what is the largest of the 7 Emirates, Abu Dhabi.We head to the aft bar to collect our tour stickers and then head outside to pick up the tour. We board coach number 4 and meet our tour guide Marshall. He's very knowledgeable and chatty, explaining the history of Abu Dhabi as we make our way towards our first stop The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Not the biggest mosque in the world but pretty sure it is the most impressive. We spot the gold topped domes from a few miles away and although I had seen ... read more
Grand Mosque
Reflection
Mosaic

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi October 27th 2016

In the last week of October a work trip took me to Abu Dhabi. My company works with quite a few airlines and we help them select pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff. One of our airline clients is Etihad Airways, and in collaboration with them we hold a conference called Global Aviation Talent Summit once a year in Abu Dhabi. At this summit we have airline clients present on various topics around employer branding, selection, and development of their staff, so everything that has to do with finding and sourcing talent in the aviation industry. At this year’s summit I was invited to speak about the research my team and I had conducted on how to assess airline pilots and the tools and reports we had developed based on this research. I arrived in Abu ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi October 22nd 2016

Days 3 - 5 of 165 After the joys of travel to Abu Dhabi we allowed ourselves a small nightcap in the hotel's top floor bar before a good night's sleep. Well, we say 'bar' but it was more reminiscent of the type of pick up joint we both imagine you get in the back streets of the Philippines. So after a small Fosters and a lemonade - £9! - we turned in. Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates, is a very wealthy place, not surprisingly given the petroleum reserves. AD has 95% of the UAE's oil and 92% of its gas. This has clearly been substantially spent on infrastructure, new skyscrapers, roads etc. The main town is crosshatched by 8 lane highways. The default language, at least in the presence of non AD's, ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi October 22nd 2016

Not sure if I hit a site photo limit with previous post. Here are other photos we wanted to attach... read more
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