Asia · 3 Days · 5 Moments · August 2017

Long weekend in in Abu Dhabi - UAE

19 August 2017

With the afternoon heat too suffocating in the streets, the light too bright for any but a Bedouin's eyes, I slipped into the labyrinth of the souq. I simply love the shelves full of cluttered treasures it holds and the scents that linger in the air.

18 August 2017

Isn't the heat a permission slip to be somewhat lazy? A relaxing walk on a shady path along the shore, checking out the beautiful Emirates Palace hotel, lunch by the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park, followed by a swim in the sea and chilling with a cool drink on a pitiful little beach by the hotel. This is all I could manage today.

17 August 2017

We ventured into that room in the back of the supermarket: the Pork room!! Then we had a totally haram meal of pork ribs and mussels at the Belgian Cafe, washed down by wine and beer. I felt like a naughty school girl, haha.
A bit of Abu Dhabi sightseeing in brutal temperatures. First Al Hosn Fort, the oldest stone structure here dating to the 17th century. The highlight of course is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.where we did the grand tour around. 100,000 tons of pure white marble were used in its construction. Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl make it pretty cool. They also have THE largest loomed carpet in the world and 'interesting' chandeliers, the largest of which weighs approximately 12 tons, sparkles with Swarovski crystals and shines with 40kg of 24-carat galvanised gold.
Ready to board our Flynas flight