Who would have thought I of all people would have spent 3 days in Abu Dhabi and enjoyed every moment of it. Apart from the extreme heat, and they say it gets hotter, the humidity just zaps your energy.
But energy is what I seem to have in abundance. Ever since getting off the plane and being greeted by Katherine and Dave, we have been out and about everywhere.
From a very long lunch through to evening drinks and two very swanks places, The Fairmont Hotel and ALoft Hotel, with lots of cool expats and a couple of locals breaking rules to come out drinking and partying with us. (And yes its not legal to drink alcohol in the Emirates unless a Tourist and doing it at a registered Hotel.
Abu Dhabi was ruled by the British until the early 60′s I believe and this was before oil was found, a few years later after they gave up sovereighty the locals found oil and well yes the rest is history.
Apparantly only 18% of the population is local Emirates and the rest are ex pats from around the world and it shows. There are westernizations everywhere, but it fits in perfectly with the emiratian way of life. (By the way using lots of big words and may not be spelling them correctly so apologies in advance)>
The structures are amazing, somewhat surreal and somewhat strangely not needed in a place that is stinking hot for 16 hours a day.