Posted by: gardner310 | April 8, 2013

Abu Dhabi Do!

Having endured a real sand storm and RAIN in Dubai last night our tour today was a full day trip to Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE. It rains about 3 days a year in Dubai. It felt like I was back in Chicago during a snow storm with the sand blowing across the road and drivers slowing down.

The morning was still very overcast with sand making everything look an old sepia photograph and the rain mixed with sand on the bus windows made it tough to get a decent shot. Fortunately as we neared Abu Dhabi it stopped raining but we still had the sand in the air to contend with.

Our guide, Robert, was from Germany and excellent! Our first stop was the mosque which looked totally eerie in the light with the sand filling the air. This mosque is the largest in the Arab world and can fit 40,000 in prayer. It is only 5 years old and constructed like the Taj Majal in India with marble inlaid with semi precious stones.

From the mosque we visited Heritage World with its display of artisans and a lovely buffet lunch. It is right on the waterfront looking across to the capital city. The tour bus crossed the bridge to one of the many islands being developed by the sheik into residential and commercial properties. These sheiks have a grand vision and the money to make it a reality. I envy them since in our country try it takes forever to get major infrastructure projects finished. More on that vision in another post.

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