Palace's and Mosque

Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
Trip End Apr 06, 2011

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

It was not enough that I was in Oman 2 days ago, so we headed to Abu Dhabi to check things out and for a bit of R&R.  Abu Dhabi is only one and a half hours south of Dubai on a very straight fast road.....we arrived mid morning and decided that being a Friday we should just relax.  Grabbing towels as we wondered through the spa we found a lounges on the beach under thatched umbrellas overlooking the water (and industrial sites).  The sun was hot, the mojitos cold.....what more could we ask for.

Fast forward six hours later, our beetroot red bodies needed much needed shade so we called it a day......onto dinner.

Our taxi driver was Crazy...laughing, swearing (very unusual in these parts) and high fiving me was a bit of a laugh..until we got to the entrance of the Emirates Palace...forget about getting in on a Friday if you don't have a reservations.....which of course we didn't....after the very rude security guard had a few words to us...I was my turn to swear...and off we went back towards our hotel.....T decided to ring directories from the mobile, rang reservations emirates, grab the first reservation available and we then turned around and headed back to Emirates Palace, to shove our confirmation number into the smug security guards face....I wonder how long he will keep his job!.....yeah we showed him.  Once inside the place was where was everybody?  Certainly not out and about...

We dined in the Lebanese restaurant on mixed hot and cold mezza...before sharing a mixed grill....and a bottle of expensive wine each...T did well considering her's was a dessert wine....far to sweet!

After a day in the sun, a bottle of wine, to much was time for bed.

After a great sleep and hearty breakfast at the hotel we headed out early to the Mosque.  It is the third largest in the world and was only completed last year.  It is a massive blinding white marble structure that was breathtaking.  Wandering around the cool walkways surrounding the huge expanse of a courtyard it was hard to take it all in.  having to cover up (and I never can put my veil on properly) we entered the prayer hall.  Padding around barefoot was bliss, looking up at the huge chandelier's, across the intricate weave of the carpet, the walls covered in mosaic's, Qu'rans lining the walls was inspiring....for the photographer in me....definitely worth a visit (not on a Friday).

After being disappointed that the Woman's Heritage Craft Centre was closed (why believe what signs say here in the middle east, or what people tell you, things seem to never be opened when they say they are) we headed to the new Marina Mall for some shopping and lunch.  It is like any other Mall in the UAE and nothing out of the ordinary......

Being the capital you would think that it would be a lively, happening place....what I found was a city that was on the quiet side (and totally opposite to its neighbour to the north, Dubai), definitely a more local feel and .somewhere nice to get away for the weekend or even a day trip
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