Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi

This one is for the girls at work as much as anything.  They wanted an idea of what it is like  living like an expat.  I took these at dusk – there is a lot of haze which doesn’t make for a good daytime photo.   And I like coloured lights.

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Looking towards the Etihad Training Centre

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Al Rahba 1

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The beach

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Towards Yes Island, home of the Abu Dhabi GP

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Al Muneera Plaza

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Halloween/Diwali celebration doors

We split the trick or treating between us, I took the first 7 floors, Abu Dhabi sista did the bottom 2 and outside apartments.  The screaming, the echoing in the hallways.   Interesting floor decorations for Diwali – the cleaners were busy the next day, it was all gone by 11.00am.

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Our door!

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Cute witch

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Black & White

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Diwali door

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Diwali Door

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Emirates Palace Hotel

On the drive to see the sunset we went to the Emirates Palace Hotel – its 7 star, very glamorous.

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Inside, looking up at the ceiling.

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Looking across the bay, Emirates Palace Hotel on the right, other newer modern hotels in the background.   Abu Dhabi is a contradiction of modern and traditional.  Its always hazy.

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More food.

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Close up of hotels.   

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Looking back to the hotel from its private beach.

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Art on the beach.

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Yet another hotel being built.

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Sunset

Abu Dhabi sista and I took some time out to visit the Emirates Palace, tried on jewellery (it is an investment item I swear) at a very nice jewellers who just happened to be having a 50% off sale and and then headed back to the Fairmont Hotel for sunset over the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Jones the Grocer pop up market.

I’d read that this market is really good.   So I cabbed it over to Jones at Gardens Plaza.  The market man starts selling at 10.00 am, he sets up in a corner of Jones the Grocer.   The smell of the fresh herbs & veg when you walk in is fantastic.   Does a roaring trade.   Loads of fresh veg, eggs, some honey, herbs.   I got there about 10 minutes after he started and a good fifth of the produce was gone.   Lots of expats buying up big.   I would if I lived here, I didn’t ask the prices.

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The Food Tour of Abu Dhabi

It looks like this trip is going to be all about the eating.   Not that there is anything wrong with that.    Brunch is a big thing over here on a Friday (UAE weekend is Friday/Saturday), you pay your money, buy a drinks package and spend the next 4 hours drifting from buffet to buffet.   We went to the Fairmont this time, lovely setting.  Use of the swimming pool is included – we took our bathers but thats as far as we got.   They also have a kids area – not as successful this time, all boys and all the games were geared towards boys.   The backup iPad came in handy.

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Riding lessons – Abu Dhabi style

I’m in Abu Dhabi for a week, a quick visit to the sister & family there.  Headed out for the 7:30 am riding lesson for Miss M.   Its not quite Wandin.  The instructor was very patient though.  The riding school is also a cat rescue centre, and takes in abandoned horses.

Update:   I’m back!   Computer did “things” while I was away and I couldn’t get to upload photos.   Took it to the Apple store today and they did “things” and now all is good with the world.  I’ll be posting delayed blogs for the next week or so.

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Rescued goats

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