Abu Dhabi

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Nov 13, 2010

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

There are two pools at the hotel as well as a 1.3 kilometre private beach. The sand for the beach is white and imported from Algeria.  The last two mornings we have swum before breakfast.  Monday we swam in the sea (Arabian Gulf) with a couple of other swimmers in the whole beach.  The sea is very salty, so much so that you feel as though you are floating on top of the water.  Tuesday morning we were the only swimmers.  After our swim we walked along the beach to the west pool, which is the family pool with water slides and rings for floating in.  "Our" east pool is the quiet pool.  After playing in the West pool we stopped to talk to the Bedouin camel keeper and his two adult camels (15 and 14 year old) and one baby camel, a 2 year old named Saudi.  She is a dark brown while the others are sand colour.  The keeper is the only Bedouin we have spoken to.  We could have gone for a camel ride in the afternoon but instead chose to rest out of the heat. Each morning we have greatly enjoyed the wide selection of the buffet breakfast, so much so that our lunches have been a small serve of fruit or wonderful fresh dates.

But for our last night we decided to dine at the Mezlai Restaurant that has just opened in the hotel.  We were told it is the first Emirati restaurant in UAE.  Because we were being picked up at 05:30 Wednesday we booked dinner early, at 19:00.  At that time we were the only guests.  Again we were greeted with Arabic coffee.  Before we were taken to our table it was explained to us that a TV station was filming a documentary about the restaurant and we were asked if we'd mind being in the film!   We met the producer, the director, other film crew and the chef.  After quite a set up they filmed us eating our dinner.  After we’d finished they filmed us entering the restaurant and being greeted with (more) coffee.  All Tom now has to do is keep an eye out for when it is screened.

In summary we had a wonderful time in Abu Dhabi with many unforgettable memories.  While we know we interacted with a non-representative sample of residents we have been impressed by the calmness and pleasantness of all the locals - quite a refreshing change from our experiences of Western societies.
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Margaret Denham on

Is the documentary/film they made at the restaurant being shown on TV? in the West? or locally?
You two get up to some crazy things!!!

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