|Abu Dhabi Corniche skyline|
photo courtesy of www.panoramio.com
“It’s so much slower than Dubai.”
“Do they have any really good restaurants?”
“It is much more traditional than Dubai, it may be hard to make friends.”
“Oh, so sorry to hear you have to move there. Everyone says it isn't as much fun as Dubai.”
|Sunset view from our apartment on |
Amaya Towers on Al Reem Island
Arriving in Abu Dhabi on Easter weekend, we are inspired at the evening Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral as we listen to the singing of Easter hymns enriched and blended with the Imam’s evening call to prayer from the mosque next door.
As we wait for the leasing paper work to be completed, we take a 3-day breather enjoying the Park Rotana in Abu Dhabi. Big find at the hotel is at Coopers restaurant they have the most amazing French Onion Soup. And lucky us! One night at the hotel we find ourselves in the middle of a wedding celebration.
photo courtesy of www.blog.ivanj.com
In Dubai I get lost at 120km and take up to 30 minutes to make the correcting turn. In Abu Dhabi, I get lost at 40km and only have to go around the block to make the correction.
Yes, the pace of life is a bit slower in Abu Dhabi but I know that I will fall in love with this beautiful city just as I did with Dubai.
Our Arabian experience has just been enriched two fold.
|Rendering of Guggenheim Museum (top right), the|
Louvre (top left) and the Sheikh Zayed
National Museum (center front).
photo courtesy of www.saadiyatcultrualdistrict.ae
|Ferrari World and Yas Formula 1 track |
photo courtesy of www.prlog.org
Still to be explored are the Desert Islands on the western coast. This is a cluster of eight islands full of history and natural beauty.
|photo courtesy of The National|
Thanks to good friends . . . one of the best parts of expat living is the generosity of those who came before you. Thank you Cheryl Keown for help in located an outstanding moving company, Writer Relocation, and helping me find some good real estate agents. And thanks to Kristi Regan and her group of AWN friends who generously shared their experiences in various apartments around the city. Need curtains? No problem an email brings a couple of suggestions. The first response, from Gigi Cowan, has the curtain maker at my door within hours and curtains hung three days later! And the “Reem Ladies” (residents of Al Reem Island) welcome me with open arms at their gathering in Bianca Verhoeff Rodriguez's relaxing terrace apartment. No matter where in the world you live, the expat community is there for each other.