A Day in Abu Dhabi

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We left just in time, since the winter seemed to have made a come-back in Germany (Frankfurt airport was closed due to snow).

The flight via Berlin landed in Abu Dhabi at sunrise. It wasn't too bad (the kids even slept a few hours) and we were in our hotel by early morning.

After dropping off our bags, the first stop was the huge (and brand new) Sheikh Zayed mosque. Truth be told, I wasn't very impressed. Yes, it's BIG (five football fields) … but seems more like a huge empty marble hall, full of tourists, than a place of worship. To me it didn't have that sense of awe that the older Mosques in Istanbul have. But it might be very different when it's filled with the 40.000 worshippers that it can accomodate.

What is amazing though, is how “bright” it is on the outside. The glaring sun reflects off the shiny, white surfaces, and it's almost painful to look at (make sure to bring sun glasses!). The one thing Finn enjoyed thoroughly was to wash his feet with cold water: “this is refreshing daddy, we should do it more often!”.

We all slept in the hotel for a few hours (nothing to do, except shopping malls during the heat anyway) and headed back outside to the seaside promenade in the late afternoon. After some ice cream and coffe, the sun set and we ended up in a Lebanese restaurant in downtown for dinner.

All in all, a nice stop-over.

I've put a few more pictures from our day here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwefassnacht/sets/72157632986521852

P.S. The pics I am putting on the blog are mostly shot with my iPhone or point'n shoot camera … not really post-processed (except for some cropping) either. So their quality isn't all that great, but we don't have a laptop with us and I don't really want to spend time fiddling with the pictures while travelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “A Day in Abu Dhabi

  1. Hari

    The newest mosques , churches and temples are mainly aimed at tourist . You could have had a look at Burj Khalifa

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  2. Anonymous

    ok so I am going to try to follow you guys, as I somehow came across this! I can’t believe you are on your trip already. You all look great and Anna looks like a fine woman in that photo! That plate of food looks nummy. Be careful, be safe and can’t you have a Blog like the last trip. That was sooooo easy. Hugs and kisses! Sue

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  3. Anonymous

    Conditions might vary slightly on the trek to Base Camp. Happy and safe travels in the days to come!
    Frank

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    1. Uwe Post author

      Yes, no doubt that conditions will vary quite a bit … mostly fried rice and/or noodles once we’re up in the mountains.

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  4. Jeremy Robinson

    LOL. The restaurant you ate in Abu Dhabi is just across the road from my work. What are the chances? Best food ever here. A regular lunch and dinner stop.

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    1. Uwe Post author

      Too funny! We were actually looking for a different place that we’d heard about via tripadvisor … but couldn\t find it. We were a bit tired of walking around and just happened to stand in front of the one we ended up in.

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