Abu Dhabi Oct 2017

Mikee and we wanted to visit Mikee’s birth-mother, Amor, who works in Abu Dhabi. But it was really difficult to arrange a visa until she became our daughter and got a British citizenship and also a Swedish passport. Now we decided to go to meet Amor during Mikee’s second week of half term. The previous week we had been to Piedmont in Italy to pick and eat white truffle. Mikee and Amor met up on their own for a couple of days and we had a dinner together, all of us.

Meanwhile Jennifer, Eric and I explored Abu Dhabi. I have to admit it wasn’t our favourite place. Everything was new and felt to us a little bit vulgar with old the ostentatious display of money and gold. But we found a couple of gems too. My photos illustrate our visits to Emirates Palace, the most opulent hotel I think we had ever visited. But among all the gold (see photos) we also visited twice a Lebanese restaurant that performed extremely well both visits (it was so good we had to go back with Mikee for a second meal).

And opposite our hotel (Shangri-La) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was standing with four minarets rising more than 100 metres above ground. the courtyard of 17,000 square metres has the largest marble mosaic in the world. We went there one evening to see it lit up  against the dark sky.

And the last day all of us went on desert tour. As touristic as it was, the kids enjoyed it. We went racing over the sand dunes and said hello to the camels (actually dromedars, as I learned on my desert trips a few years ago) and finished the days off with a BBQ in the desert. But all of us found the heat (35 degrees and humid) a little bit too much to handle after the previous week in Piedmont with 20 degrees and a dry climate. 

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2 thoughts on “Abu Dhabi Oct 2017

  1. I always wanted to visit Abu Dhabi and curious about their culture, daily living, and beautiful structures. And while going through all your pictures, it was like I am already touring around the city. All the pictures you took are amazing. Perfect photography.

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