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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi October 22nd 2016

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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi October 20th 2016

Campervan woes? Fellow postees on TripAdvisor, especially those in Australia, are constantly warning against the supposed 'romantic ' notion of freedom campervanning along Oz's highways. Citing excessive distances, costs, absence of actual free camping, unpleasantness of living in a tin can in the heat and the rain, unreliability and especially dodgy van hire companies. So, imagine our concerns when a week before we left we received an email from the campervan middleman agents saying that our van wouldn't be available until 27 Oct, 2 days later than our booking for 2 5 Oct. There have been great storms in southern Aus - Victoria, NSW, ACT - the worst for 50 years, with parts of the Great Ocean Road blocked by landslides, and our van has been relocated for safety . Our plans for the first 2 ... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 30th 2016

We were hoping that Julie and Mick could have joined us for a brunch today, but we got the dates wrong so they have other plans. As we enjoyed our visit to the rooftop yesterday so much, this morning we fill a little time with a return visit. The pool water was not quite as warm this time, but was still very refreshing. Some further quality sun bathing completed. This afternoon we headed off to P J O´Reillys in Le Royal Meridian Hotel. It´s nice that it is in walking distance to where we are staying. This brunch is a little different to the others we have done. It is advertised as a four meat carvery, and that was exactly what it was. There was only one price, and that was including alcohol, so Theresa got ... read more
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Everyday menu
Beef and Lamb

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 29th 2016

Today, we have breakfast in the Emirates Palace. This is another 7 star hotel, so it is nice to go in and have another look around. The coffee and cakes we had were all sprinkled with real edible gold. Although it was not cheap, it made us feel kind of special. We had a cappuccino each and then a blueberry cheesecake and a mango cake that we shared between us. Both were truly delicious. We were then able to have a completely unhindered walk around the hotel and take in all the gold around. There is a serious amount of gold on display everywhere. Staying here is definitely out of our budget, but it is nice to have a good mooch around to see how the rich and famous live. Back at the Southern Sun Hotel, ... read more
Emirates Palace
Inside Emirates Palace - Decked in gold
Including a gold lift door

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 28th 2016

We had originally planned a day in Al Ain today, but have changed our minds. We changed our minds as it was over 100 miles each way and was going to be a day at Wadi Adventure. Instead, we drove onto Yas Island and went on the Yas F1 Circuit venue tour. We found out about this as we had an Entertainer voucher for it. And as we both enjoyed the Yas Big Bus, we thought it was an ideal thing to do. Well what a day we had. There were twelve people on our bus from various locations around the world. Our tour guide was a local who was also a racing driver / instructor. Our guide was an Arabic man speaking perfect English as he put it. He had a great presentation style and ... read more
Tour leader
Shame it wasn´t the real Lewis Hamilton
Test drive car

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

At lunchtime today, we headed to Galleria Mall which is on Al Maryah Island. It is just round the back of our hotel, but after getting lost a couple of times (again) it took us a good 30 minutes to get there. The Mall is a bit too high end for our tastes, but some of the food outlets looked just up our street. We may have a return visit here for dinner before we leave Abu Dhabi. As we are really early, we head to Cafe Nero first for coffees and a slice of their red velvet cake to share. At 3.00pm, we go to the 5 star Rosewood Hotel which is joined to the Mall. We have a lavish afternoon tea booked here. This is in memory of George’s mother who passed away last ... read more
scale model of Al Maryah Island
Feels like home
Coffee and red velvet cake - yummy

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 26th 2016

Today we took a 24 hour ticket on the Abu Dhabi Big Bus. We have an Entertainer voucher for the Big Bus so only pay for one of us. We were at Marina Mall to catch the first bus out at 9.00 and stayed on until it reached the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. From here, we transferred onto the Yas bus which did a circuit around all of the attractions around Yas Island. We were really unsure about Yas, so it was nice to see it all from the top of the bus. It was very very hot in the sun on the top deck. They provide free bottles of water to keep you hydrated. Back at the Mosque, it was back onto the city tour bus for the journey back to Marina Mall. Today has been ... read more
Big Bus
Presidencial Palace
Etihad Towers

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 25th 2016

We had planned to do a day on the Abu Dhabi big bus today, but we did not get a chance to unpack yesterday, so decide on a relaxing day doing very little. There are always plenty of loose ends to tie up and additional organisational tasks with the remainder of the trip in mind. We leave home with a set but flexible agenda. Sometimes we change the agenda at no notice at all when a potential for obvious improvement arises. We have accumulated a large pile of washing so we group it all up and send it in for the hotel laundry service. The bill for this was vast but seeing the finished products has made it a lighter blow. This is the last time we will have to do this, as the next place ... read more
Marina Mall
Marina Mall ferris wheel
Columbian coffees

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi September 24th 2016

After completing the packing and eating the cakes purchased last night, we managed to pack everything into the boot of the car and we are on our way to Abu Dhabi.The journey seems a lot quicker this year. Maybe we are understanding the roads a lot better this time. When we were in Abu Dhabi last year, we stayed at the Southern Sun Hotel, and we are happy to be returning there today. For our travels, it is in a great location and is a great hotel. We are staying here for seven nights this time, rather than the three we did last year. It is a four star hotel. For the Southern Sun, we are again using one of the Entertainer Travel Book vouchers. This gives us the second night free and then 20% reduction ... read more
George as stand in captain
Julie & Theresa enjoying a little alcohol
Abu Dhabi from sea

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi August 10th 2016

After a lovely full day at the beach in Fiumocino, caught our 10.00pm flight from Rome to Abu Dhabi...we have two nights here but Mark has a 4hr layover and heads back to Melbourne. Unfortunately our friend Desmond is away in Ireland but had everything organised for us and sent a driver to pick us up from Abu Dhabi airport and whisked us to our beautiful suite at the Dusit Thani...32 degrees at 6.00a.m....lots of sand and dust in the air....waiting for us was Desmond's PA Shane to welcome us and check us in, she has been absolutely magic checking on us and making sure we are OK and booking dinner etc. We are very lucky to have been staying at the Dusit Thani, every single staff member has been exceptional, could not do enough for ... read more
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