Hotter than hell

Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
Trip End Apr 28, 2012

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Where I stayed
Paragon Hotel Abu Dhabi
Read my review - 2/5 stars

Flag of United Arab Emirates  ,
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

After several delays on the tarmac at Charles de Gulle due to the power repeatedly shutting down on flight EY809, I was pretty thankful to Allah to touchdown without incident in the UAE. In flight entertainment included the classics Hunt for Red October and Zoolander. After that I must have been snoring as I woke up to vicious looks.

It is hotter than hell here. Jesus H Christ - after two months living in a European Winter, the heat has been a massive shock to the system.

Anywhere after Paris was always going to be a tough act to follow. Abu Dhabi has too many rules man. One must wear decent clothing, meaning tatt's must be covered, meaning that long sleeves are still a must (in 35+ degrees). Also where's the booze ? I can't find any tins anywhere, red or green (or blue). Swimming in my jocks is also banned.

For a new-ish city, that is all about the moola and development and bringing in the masses, they have made a massive oversight. Public transport. Abu Dhabi is king enourmous; walking around in this heat is not an option, there is no underground, above ground, trams and the buses only come once an hour. Unacceptable. One thing the Europeans do well is public transport. At no stage in any major city are you more than 15 mins from a metro station or a bus stop to take you to a metro station. Big ass fail Abu Dhabi.

You wouldn't believe it, but it rained here to. I think the last time it rained here, it rained men. Indian men. They just seem to wander around aimlessly, with dodgy pastel shirts, even dodgier mo's trying to flog fake watches. 

Shopping is noted as a national past time, but where are the people. They have all been eerily quiet. Oddly, all the shops seem to be women's shops selling make up & fancy undies - yet the only women here are fully clad in the burqa.  
The highlight of the joint has been the Sheik Zayeh Grand Mosque. Zayeh is the godfather of the joint and is pretty big here. His mug is everywhere, billboards, shopping malls, photos in shops, etc. The Grand Mosque alone is well worth having an evening stop over or perhaps a day trip from Dubai.

Other than that, I had about a 17 hour nap after being hungover as hell. Probably that stench was the real reason behind the looks on the plane. The last night in Europe was never going to pass by quietly. The nerdish tween next to me was most unimpressed. Haha, stick with me kiddo.
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