Arabian Adventure

9 Apr

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.

(The Corniche, the man-made beach right by where we were staying. This is the view from the beach at sunset)

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!!

(an arts centre that we visited to see some of the artifacts from 20 years ago…. when it was just nomads living in the desert)

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!

(this mosque has been in a building stage for the past five years.)

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.

(beautiful sunsets)

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!!!


20 Responses to “Arabian Adventure”

  1. rantonit April 9, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Shawarmas are my favourite food ever!!! 😀 One of the things I miss more than others attending college in India.

  2. mairedubhtx April 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Sounds like a heavenly vacation.

  3. hearttypat April 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    much like the girls in SATC!

  4. Redneckprincess April 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I would LOVE to go there!!! Thanks for the tour 🙂

  5. prenin April 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Looks like you had a great time!!! 🙂

    Glad you and the girls had such a great adventure! 🙂

    Love and hugs!


  6. bridgesburning April 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Very nice!!

  7. Robin April 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Mmmm…. shwaras. 🙂

    It looks like a beautiful place.

    • Robin April 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

      Typo. *sigh* That should be “shawarmas” of course.

  8. Rue April 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    SHWARMA! om nom nom nom!

    I wish we’d been able to go partying in Egypt, but I don’t think anyone was comfortable showing off their shoulders.

    • tinkerbelle86 April 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      actually we were only able to becuase of the fact that it was an american run club. once we left shoulders were covered. but we had troubles getting taxis, being 6 western women with no chaperones. even with all skin covered they thought we were hookers

  9. barb19 April 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Sounds and looks like a great time was had by all. Love the architecture – great pics!

  10. jasminbleeks April 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    what gorgeous photos, abu dhabi is definitely up there on my list of places i’d love to go to. what beautiful sky lines…. x

  11. Fox@n April 10, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    Great post and pictures i want to go there too…….. I love the mosques pics btw what camera do you use? great post

    • tinkerbelle86 April 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      honestly it was whatever point and click digital camera i had at the time. im useless with cameras, ive been through five in the last four years. i would love to get a swanky digital slr, but i cannot be trusted 🙂

  12. Megan April 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    girl, you’ve been to so many awesome places! I’ve been to a total of NO-WHERE! 😉 Looks absolutely amazing there… for just using a point and shoot digital, your pics do look great hun. Mine’s apiece of crap and keeps deleting pictures on its own, which is highly aggravating. I would LOVE to get a nice slr myself too… and I wanna learn a bit about photography one of these days too ( yet another thing on the list!).

    • tinkerbelle86 April 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      you should. get on a plane!! come to london. we’ll show you a good time. once you get nibbled by the travelling bug though your no good to anyone.. id know!

  13. magicoficecream April 11, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Oh. I really adore those architectural buildings. Its not something I see everyday.

  14. simplyshaka April 11, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Those pictures are unbelievable! In a good way of course 🙂

  15. Surrey gal April 11, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    I’ve been to Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Dubai, and Oman. And Oman is the most beautiful country in the Middle East, so much worth the visit! Lovely mountains, great old villages, sea, and tons of Arab culture. Oh, and people are very friendly too!
    I love your pictures of the place. The mosque one is stunnig.

  16. The Hook April 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Great pics! And I’m not just referring to the buildings!

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