Blogs from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Middle East - page 4


We left Blighty on the 3rd March 2016 and we will arrive back in eight hours, on the 11th June 2016, which is a trip of exactly one hundred days. The journey tracker on the blog has our final mileage as 33,711 miles. In doing so, we've crossed three continents, visited eleven countries, crossed the international date line and jumped over the equator twice. It's hard to describe how it feels to be finishing the trip as thete is such a combination of emotions and thoughts: excited to be going back home, relived that everyone made it safe and well, keen to start afresh in the new home where we've only lived for six months; a small twinge of sadness that this particular adventure is finished; delight at the prospect of delicious home cooked food (especially ... read more

We're all a bit tired as we wait in Abu Dhabi and Hat just couldn't keep her lids open.... read more

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

R: My flight from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi went as well as could be expected - 14 hours 10 minutes. The guy in the seat next to me got up and left so I had a double seat (I'm not actually sure where he went). We arrived at 6am, a bit bleary eyed and began the fun of finding a ATM that accepted MasterCard, which was right next to the taxi stand, and I only found this out, after finding another one in a different terminal and coming back. Being a single man, I got selected for extra special screening, which meant taking everything out of my backpack onto a counter and it being prodded a few times. Having seen what other people in the line of single men had, my backpack must have been pretty ... read more
Central Souk - modern!
Friendly Camels

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi February 13th 2016

Day 21 Monday 8th February 2016 Oh my God 4.15am and we are crawling out of bed! I don’t mind early starts but it always seems so unnatural to be getting out of bed when it is still dark. We managed to get ourselves into gear and got dressed and finished our packing and out the door in 30 minutes. Our taxi turned up after a short delay and he got us to the bus station without any hassle. Our bus today was an old piece of junk that looked okay on the outside but was filthy inside with lots of broken seats and fittings. We were underway shortly after 6am and pushing through the suburbs of Muscat as the sun rose. Discovered something peculiar on this journey in that all the highway overpasses ... read more
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Al Ain Zoo
Abu Dhabi

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi February 8th 2016

We left our home in North Cowton in Yorkshire excited as we started our long journey to Perth, Australia. The sun was shining but we soon encountered storm Imogen with gale force winds and heavy rain on our train journey to Manchester Airport. Our Etihad flight from Manchester to Abu Dhabi was full and our Etihad experience was not very good. The seats were comfortable but overall the passenger space was cramped with limited leg room and width. After an early morning next day arrival in Abu Dhabi we took a 30 minute taxi drive to The Premier Inn and were very pleased to be given an early check in at 9am! After a rest and freshen up we went to visit the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the worlds largest mosques and a very ... read more
sheik zayed grand mosque
sheik zayd grand mosque
new convert

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi January 21st 2016

Friday 15 January: at sea. Basically nothing to report except eating and watching the world go by. We departed Port Qaboos Muscat on the Thursday evening and sailed, very slowly through the night north towards the Strait of Homuz before entering the Arabian Gulf and sailing on to Abu Dhabi. The first land we saw before Abu Dhabi was when we passed between some islands just off the tip of the Musandam Peninsula: and even then it was so hazy as to make it difficult to figure out where we were. However, when we turned parallel with the Oman coast the coastline was sufficiently clear for me to recognise the cliffs near Bukha where I had driven to from Khasab three days previously. Saturday 16th January. We docked at Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi around 7.30am ... read more
Sitting pretty at 300 #1
Sitting pretty at 300 #2
300 view

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 26th 2015

Geo: 24.4764, 54.3705Decidimos tomar el HoponHopoff, pero resulta ser que el recorrido es extremadamente largo, poco más de 150km, por lo tanto sólomnos dió tiempo de bajar en el Marina Mall. En la mezquita cambiamos de ruta para ir a la isla Yas, igual sólo dió tiempo de ir y dar la vuelta, pero no de bajar en ningún lugar, de lo contrario el barco nos dejaría. Para acabarla de amolar, nos tocó un día entre lluvioso y frío, así que en la parte superior del camión hacía mucho frío y en la parte de abajo, los vidrios ya estaban sucios y había muy mala vista.... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 22nd 2015

This log is posted out of chronological order. The dilemma was, Dubai or not Dubai, it was only an hour and a half away and taxis here are cheap, is it worth going or not? The trouble was someone had told me that it was the place to go for a little shopping - added to which a fellow traveller had recommended a place to us. My mother's gene kicked in and I was hooked but I have been left feeling guilty about wasting the time on a little retail rather than a Dubai experience. Oh well perhaps another time and we did at least see Dubai from the taxi! Determined not to miss the Grand Mosque experience in Abu Dhabi, we stopped off on the way home and then remember that my naked shoulders and ... read more
Congratulations Joey and Faye
As the sun sets
Looking out from the mosque

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi December 21st 2015

The next morning after breakfast we did a tour of the hotel grounds. The hotel was called the Carlton Ritz on the grand Canal but it was so big, I couldn't work out where the sea started and the canal began. Apparently it also has the largest pool in Abu Dhabi but no time to hang around the hotel, what else was there to see we asked the concierge.We were recommended the heritage centre only a short taxi drive away, down by the marina. The word marina was enough to convince Martin as he was already planning his fish spotting opportunities. ... read more
Presumably donkey rides too.
A swinging cot
In his element

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