Thursday, 20 November 2014

Entertaining in Abu Dhabi..


I’ve had my sister over in Abu Dhabi for a few days (my first visitor!!) so I finally have some nice pictures of Abu Dhabi and thought it was only right to do a blog post to accompany them!

Abu Dhabi is a world away from Ireland in every aspect! It has definitely taken some getting used to, but I really enjoy it here! As I’ve said about Dublin, sometimes it takes having to show someone around the place you’re from/living for you to realise all there is to do – entertaining is allot of pressure!




My first sight in Abu Dhabi, on my way to my new apartment fresh from the airport way back in February, was the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque (above) – crazy!! Lavish, excessive and beautiful are words which describe quite a bit of the places and things over here and the Grand Mosque is definitely no exception. 
It is decked out completely in marble and jewels, with beautiful chandillears  and intriciate detailing on every wall and pillar both inside and out.
While this is obviously quite the tourist attraction is it also still a functioning Mosque, non-Muslims can only access a small part of the vast grounds out of the respect for those praying, however I am guessing the rest of it is just as beautiful!
Before entering the Mosque females must ensure they are competely covered by an Abaya (the traditional Arabic dress) that they provide for your visit which must remain covering your hair at all times. As you can see, myself and Emma were fully embracing our new look!


As if that wasn’t enough decadance for one day we then went onto Emirates Palace for a gold topped cuppaccino (because who doesn’t love the taste of gold?!).  Unfortunately I have a huge lack of photos from here, but its also stunning! A bit more traditional looking then the Moqsue, but just as grand!


Next up on our activity packed 3 days (we honestly did not stop!) was a desert safari – a must if travelling to the UAE!
This was such a nice change from the over-the-top-ness of the past few days! We finally got to see some actual desert :D
It is a full day trip – get picked up around 2pm and  not back again untill 9 that evening. There are quite a few things to do – Dune Bashing, a Falcon show, Henna Tattoos (we chickened out of the 2 week commitment though so gave that a miss), a full Arabic barbeque buffet,  a video about the UAE’s journey to become what it is now,  sand boarding, camel riding, horse riding, traditional dress and, our favourite, quad bikes!!
Just by looking at a camel you can see how knobbly it’s legs are – it makes for quite the experneice when getting up on it, as you get on when they are kneeling and they then jutt forward and back to stand so make sure you hold on tight!
Dune bashing is basically pilling into a jeep and bombing around the sand dunes – thankfully we had a very capable driver!
During the falcon show I almost got knocked out by the bloody thing – what they do is have the Falcon fly up and then swoop in to capture its ‘Prey’ (they trick him into thinking what they’re holding is an actual pigeon) and it is relentless in its quest for food so you gotta get the heck out of its way!
We rented to quad bikes around sunset which was absoloutely beautiful, and so much fun! However it did reconfirm the fact that I cannot drive, and possibly never will be able to! My directional skills are pretty non existant and control of the thing even worse, but thankfully there is nothing to hit but sand (or Emma)so I was okay :)

We also had a trip to Dubai, I’ll do a separate post on that at some stage,  and one or two nights out (Ladies Nights are the business!) and now we’re on our way to Perth to stay with our other sister for a few days.

I guess the pressure to entertain is (finally) off me :D

If you have any questions about Abu Dhabi, or life in the UAE leave me a comment :)

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    “El PP hasta ahora era una buena marca con candidatos mediocres. Esta es la primera vez en la que la marca es peor que sus candidatos. De ahí que los barones autonómicos estén tratando de borrarse el tatuaje PP del brazo. En eso están Monago o Feijóo entre cientos de dirigentes”, reconoce uno de los asesores de Génova. Aunque el ejemplo perfecto es el de la lideresa Esperanza Aguirre, que ha logrado hacer de su nombre una marca antagónica al PP de Rajoy, a pesar de la lista de corruptos que han crecido a su sombra.



    En los últimos meses, las marcas jóvenes están marcando el paso. Gozan de liderazgos potentes -Iglesias y Rivera- y votantes que les publicitan. Declarar el voto a uno de los dos nuevos conlleva el placer añadido de soltar una coz a los tradicionales. Conscientes de la situación, candidatos como Ángel Gabilondo han pillado al vuelo que la marca blanca es un activo. El manifiesto Sí a Gabilondo, con el que 300 intelectuales respaldan su candidatura a la comunidad de Madrid incidiendo en su independencia, es una muestra. El director creativo y fundador de la agencia de publicidad Sra. Rushmore, responsable de la campaña más innovadora de Zapatero, tiene claro que “es difícil luchar contra la fuerza del voto ilusionante, por eso se cacarea tanto. Hay dos partidos nuevos que hacen que la gente exprese su apoyo sin necesidad de preguntar. Lo que no va a funcionar igual es ocultar la marca, porque los candidatos están irremediablemente asociados a sus siglas”.



    “La imagen del PP es tan potente, que por mucho que lo intenten algunos, es complicado jugar a ocultarla con éxito”, reflexiona el diputado popular Gabriel Elorriaga sobre los intentos de ciertos colegas de tomar distancia de lo que representa Génova. Y es que la confirmación de Rajoy de que volverá a ser candidato ha puesto aún más nerviosos a los que se examinan en mayo. “La ventaja del PSOE respecto al PP es que ya hemos afrontado la renovación del discurso y de las caras, pero en el PP no lo han hecho todavía, y la intervención de Rajoy diciendo que se presenta no hace más que aplazar la renovación pendiente”, dice Soraya Rodríguez, ex portavoz del PSOE.



    No solo los votantes no ocultan su voto, sino que parece que algunas de sus señorías dejan de estar ciegos ante la realidad y son capaces de asumir el coste general que para la clase política -entendiendo por clase política a los que se sientan en el hemiciclo- tiene el continuismo del sexagenario Rajoy. “Me pateo la calle en Cataluña y siento que la gente está harta de nosotros. Me lo dice todo el mundo. La corrupción y la crisis económica han quemado a PP, PSOE y CiU sobre todo”, añade Josep Sánchez Llibre, diputado sénior de CiU.

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