The sun doesn't break through cloud cover to announce its presence in the morning, it just appears in all its glory and heat. It’s interesting living in Abu Dhabi especially in the hot desert climate, when you’re used to more tropical temperatures. If you may have noticed, my travel blog has consisted of places I have visited with very warm, coastal or hot temperatures. It really does wonders for my sinuses, so I could consider making a permanent shift to places with such weather.
I digress, I managed to visit Abu Dhabi during the warmer months – since it does get cold, between November to March. The passport control at Abu Dhabi international airport is quite efficient – after navigating through the airport, which was larger than I expected, so there are times you can expect a bit of a walk.
I stayed at Traders Hotel, Abu Dhabi. It’s a very accommodating hotel for the business traveler. Checking in is quick, and the staff are very friendly. The rooms are clean, although I found the air conditioning a bit much, so would always turn it off when in my room.
I didn’t enjoy the food as much as I thought I might. The food selection at the buffet or from the menu was about 3 out of 5. I really did enjoy the cocktails though. The mojito was a personal favorite- it’s a classic cocktail they did right.
If you’re looking for more dining options nearby, there is the Shangri-La Hotel which has a wide food selection at Sofra restaurant. My craving for Chinese food was also satisfied at the hotel’s Shang Palace restaurant. We had a selection of prawns, sweet and sour chicken, vegetable rice in portions for 1 so we could share as a group of 3.
And of course, what would a review of Abu Dhabi be if I didn’t mention the shisha? I don’t smoke shisha, but I like the smell of it for some reason, and boy did their shisha smell good. From the fruity strawberry smells to passion or vanilla, there were several options. Plus, you get to sit and enjoy your shisha under the canopies on the beach looking across to The Ritz-Carlton hotel and The Grand Mosque – in all its majestic might.
To visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, women must wear a traditional robe (abaya) and headscarf (Shayla) before entering. You may wear your own so long as it is not transparent. For men, no shorts or transparent clothing is allowed. Shoes must be removed before entering. You may find out more information here.
Of course there is much more sightseeing to do if you travel to Abu Dhabi as a tourist, and some popular sights include the Formula One World - bringing the thrill of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, boat tours, the malls and much more you can read about here.
For a brief trip, it was quite lovely. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section, or email me for more.
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