Last week I returned from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For those of you who don’t know much about the Middle East, or suck at Geography (nothing to be ashamed of), here is a map of where I was.
I was there for work so I didn’t get to do much exploring. UAE is a fairly “new” country since they gained their independence in the 1970s. They are rather rich and have many cool, modern buildings. Abu Dhabi is the capital and more conservative than the well know city of Dubai, the place where the other Atlantis resort is located. Since pictures are better than words, enjoy my Abu Dhabi trip, in pictures!
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the final resting place of the previous president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Some fun facts about the mosque: It has a capacity of over 40,000 worshippers and has 82 domes of seven difference sizes. The construction cost was 2 billion dirhams, or approximately $545 million. The carpet in the main prayer hall is the world’s largest carpet and measures 60,570 sq ft and 35 tons. The mosque has 7 imported chandeliers that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The columns found around the mosque has made of marble with mother of pearl.
Some more pictures from my week in Abu Dhabi to include dinner views. I was also lucky enough to find The Goonies in the Kids Only section of the movies on my flight home. And yes, I had the entire row to myself!
For those of you planning on traveling to Abu Dhabi in the future, I stayed at the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi and it was beautiful and brand new. It was not the best location. If you wont have a car available, I suggest the Hilton by the beach because there are many places within walking distance. One great thing about Abu Dhabi is that it is actually very easy to navigate. All the signs are in English. And for those of you from New Jersey, there are plenty of circles (or roundabouts) that you can show your skills at. Let me know if you have any other questions and I can try to help!