Driving in to Abu Dhabi was amazing. One minuet you are in the
desert and the next you are in a very lush area. We drove in along
the gulf and the Cornish road. Below are some photos of the Cornish.
There are gazebos
along the area and they are beautiful and so very clean.
The first thing we came to in Abu Dhabi were some beautiful houses on the
outskirts of town.
is a beautiful
We then drove through
some of the downtown area. The building are beautiful. I took
a lot of photos for my friend Herschel
(Harriet's twin brother) ~ who is an architect.
is an aerialview
of the city.
Here is another largeincense
This is a really pretty building.It
is gold and silver.
I took this while standing in the souq.
This is a close up of the building.
was also taken
in the souq. What a contrast ~ the old and the new!
These are of the souq.
It was hot and I was thirsty.
are called coconuts ~ not like what we think of ~ they always
keep some cold and here the man is cutting one open for me and he gives
you a straw and it is wonderful. Does not taste like coconut exactly
~ It is better. They are from Thailand, India, Sri
Lanka. I can get them here in Bahrain and they are wonderful cold.
After all of this it had been a long day and we
went to check in to the Hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton
Abu Dhabi. It was gorgeous. Below are some pictures out of
beach was beautifulwhite
The blue raft is
far you are allowed to swim out to.
There were tennis
whirlpools and saunas. I just can't imagine using a sauna ~ I was
In our room on the ceiling was the sign that points to Mecca ~ so
you know which way to pray when inside the room.
Here are some links to the
hotel. and to Abu
Mike had meetings the next day so I took a taxi
and off I went to shop. I went to the Marina Mall ~ it was beautiful
but had just opened and did not have a lot of stores yet. I then
took a taxi to the Abu Dhabi Mall ~ It had plenty of
stores..haha and was beautiful, and so clean.
Mike returned from his meetings it was time to leave :(
We still had to drive back to Dubai to catch the plane.
About half way to Dubaiwe
saw this large entrance to someone's property ~ obviously someone
with a ton of money ~ Maybe one of the sheikh's houses. The
fence on the right went on for miles.
A sign we are getting close to Dubai
in to Dubaithere
is photos of the rulers. I did not get a photo of the one I really
like. He is waving and looks so welcoming.
We got to Dubai a little early so we went to check out the Dubai mall and
have some pictures developed.
Here is a picture of 2 guys coming out of the mall. The UAE is the
only place they have tassels on their head gear ~
see look close and you can see the one on the right.
We then had to hurry to the airport
to catch our plane back to Bahrain.
We had a great time and I can't wait to go back and visit.
Below is some information about Abu Dhabi and some maps.
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DHABI AND IT'S CUSTOMS
Abu Dhabi is the
largest of all seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), with an area of 87,340 square kilometers, equivalent to 86.7
per cent of the country’s total area, excluding the islands. The
city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the emirate and also the federal
capital of the UAE. HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President
of the UAE, resides in Abu Dhabi city. The Parliament buildings,
most of the federal ministries and institutions are located here, as
are the foreign embassies, state broadcasting facilities, and most
of the oil companies. Major infrastructural facilities include Port
Zayed, Abu Dhabi International Airport, extensive cultural, sport
and leisure centers, together with the wonderfully engineered Abu
Dhabi Cor·niche which offers many kilometers of risk-free walking,
cycling, jogging and roller-blading along the seashore of Abu Dhabi
island. Architecturally speaking the city is also a fascinating
place where older buildings sit comfortably in the shade of
futuristic modern skyscrapers.
A passion for the past has
attracted teams of eager archeologists to Abu Dhabi during the last
half century. They have begun, through some remarkable discoveries,
to trace the course of human settlement in this ancient corner of
Flint implements have been found in the desert which could be
hundreds of thousands of years old. They make evidence of permanent
settlement uncovered at digs on Umm Al Nar, an island near Abu
Dhabi, and at Jebel Hafit near Al Ain, dating back only 4,000 or
5,000 years, seem recent.
New finds are made almost daily, so for ancient history buffs, this
is the place to be. Head first for Al Ain's fascinating museum and
THE PEOPLE AND THEIR CUSTOMS
Arab friendship and hospitality is
legendary. Greetings are often protracted affairs as an Arab may
enquire after your health, your family's health, your news. The
polite reply is that all is well, thanks be to god. Having shown
respect by not upsetting the inquirer, it is then permissible to
reveal any actual problems. The verbal exchange may also be
accompanied by a kiss on the cheek, or in the case of elderly men
and sheikhs, a kiss on the nose. Hands are also shaken. The Bedouin
custom of offering food and shelter to strangers in the desert is
preserved by today's urban Arabs. Its most visible form is the
coffee ceremony. From souks to corporate boardrooms, business
starts with a tiny cup of cardamon-flavoured coffee poured from the
traditional metal pot or dallah. To stem the flow, guests
must wiggle the cup from side to side which indicates they have had
Religion as a Way of life
The people of Abu Dhabi and throughout the UAE, led by their
President Sheikh Zayed, are deeply committed to Islam. It
establishes the principles and values by which they live day-to-day,
such as preserving family life, sharing, and showing equal respect
for one another. Abu Dhabi is a city of mosques, well over 400 of
them and more being built each year. They range from elaborate
architectural masterpieces serving thousands of worshippers to
modest small rooms conveniently located. The muezzin's call
to prayer forms a rhythmic pattern to life in the city. Muslims have
a duty to pray five times a day, not necessarily in a mosque, but
facing towards Mecca and reciting the prescribed prayers. The most
important prayer is said in the mosque on the holy day, Friday.
Dressed by Tradition
Arab nationals usually wear their traditional dress. For men it
is the white robe or dishdasha, with a white or red checked
headcloth or gutra tied in place by the twisted black agal.
A flowing gold-trimmed cloak or abba, is often added by
men of high rank or wealth. The woman's abba or abbaya is
normally black and covers her from head to foot, however underneath
her garments are often prettily embroidered. They consist of a
rectangular half cloak layered over a voluminous dress, over a baggy
trouser narrowed from knee to ankle. Many women also wear a canvas
mask called a burqa which leaves only the eyes uncovered.
Music and Dance
Traditional dances and folk songs are a part of most
festivities, particularly weddings. The Ayyalah, performed by
up to 50 men, which has its origins in a tribal war chant and
victory dance, is usually part of the extended dancing and singing
which may begin a week or more in advance of an Arab wedding
celebration. During Eids (the end of Ramadan) and other national
festivals, where feasting and dancing take place, young girls may
perform the `hair dance', swaying and tossing their long hair to the
rhythm of the music.
Another interesting part of the wedding ritual is the practice of
decorating the bride's hands and feet with henna on the eve of the
Bedouin women were traditionally expert weavers. Floor mats,
food mats, and bowls were woven from date palm fibers. Examples can
still be found in Abu Dhabi's souks. They also wove cotton
and silver threads into trimmings for their garments, and fashioned
coloured yarns into camel blankets and various decorative items for
their tents. Some traditionally Arab-crafted metal objects such as
the handsome patterned coffee pots, daggers and swords, are being
reproduced for the souvenir trade.
Abu Dhabi City Map
Great Map of the Middle EastIt
shows Bahrain in relation to Saudi and the UAE
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