In 2008 I went on holiday to Abu Dhabi, with five of my friends. It’s not your normal holiday destination; we went because Row’s parents had moved there, and it was a great way to get some autumn sun ready for the Christmas period. And it was such fun! Not as touristy as Dubai, Abu Dhabi was really hot, even at night you were sweltering when you went outside. It was too hot for me to sunbathe in the heat of the day, so most of my trip was spent lounging under umbrellas or reading a book while sitting in the calm blue sea. It really was idyllic, and a great getaway.
We did some great stuff when we were there; we visited the first mosque that had been built when Abu Dhabi was just a wilderness of desert, and we visited a Heritage centre where we got to pat a camel (im so easily pleased!!!). We also took the time to do a lot of swimming, sunbathing and shopping, of course!!
The food was amazing. We ate a lot of shwarma’s, which are basically kebab meat in a pitta, with lots of salad and sauce. They are very garlicky, and pretty delicious!
We went to the new mosque that they were building for Sheik Mohammad, and we weren’t allowed in. We were quite disappointed as the architecture is outstanding, but as it was still being built we were unable to view the inside other than through the window.
On our fourth day we drove out to close to the border of Dubai, and went sand dune climbing. We couldn’t believe how hot it was in comparison to the main city, but we did some dune climbing and looked for scorpions. Very Indiana Jones!
These stairs are inside the Emirates Palace. It’s the most beautiful building, and we went there twice, once in the day and once to visit the club at night. By day we sat in the cafe and ate a chocolate fondue, and cappuccino topped with gold leaf. It’s so extravagant! In the evening we went back and visited Etoiles which was the club in the palace. We were treated like royalty; whenever one of my friends went to light a cigarette a man ran over and did it for her. We had a table in a VIP area, and people to escort us to the dance floor. It was great fun!!!