Fog and Queens – Abu Dhabi

This post is brought to you by me having travel feels. Is it June yet? No?? Ok, so I’ll have to tell you about an old trip then. Remember last week when I went on a cruise to Oman because my Mom was a huge fan of cruises? Well today’s destination stems from the same cruise, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arabic Emirates and the second largest city in the UAE. The biggest city would be Dubai and maybe I’ll get around to telling why I didn’t like Dubai. Abu Dhabi on the other hand, I did like. It’s a bit more old fashioned, not as nouveaux-riche as Dubai and thus a little bit more to my liking. Not everything needs to be loud and expensive, sometimes modesty is key and knowing where you came from. And as far as the UAE go, Abu Dhabi is more modest than Dubai.

We started the day with visiting the great, big Sheikh Zayed Mosque but it was so foggy that I didn’t see it.

You seeing that huge-ass mosque behind my Mom? Me neither.
You seeing that huge-ass mosque behind my Mom? Me neither.

From there we went to some place I don’t even remember. It had all sorts of crap, and cars and whatnot of the current/former/idk Sheikh on display. Not much to see.

And you shall bow to me as I am your Queen (or something like that)
And you shall bow to me as I am your Queen (or something like that)

Afterwards we went to the National Heritage Village though, which was very nice and educational. I enjoy seeing other cultures on display and here we were able to see how beduins live and much, much more. Also, it is green and is covered by nature which I tend to miss in big cities especially if they are as smog filled as the Emirates.

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I like the differences on display here; the old boat in the foreground and the new skyscrapers in the back.
Crappy lighting is crappy but I still like the photo.
Crappy lighting is crappy but I still like the photo.
Obligatory camel and beduin.
Obligatory camel and beduin.
I'm pretty sure the A/C was not a default feature in the old days.
I’m pretty sure the A/C was not a default feature in the old days.
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  • AbsentElemental

    I kind of want your tennis shoes…they’re pretty awesome.

    • They are so fantastic. They’re men’s 25th anniversary triathlon shoes and I’ve had them for many years which sadly, you can see by now.

  • Wow … fantastic photos and that chair fits you perfect, but I have a feeling that you will be bored as queen or something. *smile. Pleasant post again, from a place I don’t know anyone has been.

    • Hahaha, yes, I’d probably get bored out of my mind if I were Queen but I like to pretend sometimes :D

  • I completely agree with you about Abu Dhabi v. Dubai. It’s a shame the weather was so bad when you went to the mosque though, on a clear, sunny day it’s a really amazing building.

    • I would have liked to see the mosque, stupid weather.

  • Darn should have seen this entry BEFORE booking my flight tickets but I will be visiting Dubai actually and am thinking if it is worth the 2hr drive (One way) from Dubai to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Should I?

    • As I haven’t seen it, I’m
      Not sure but it’s supposed to be a great visit. Just don’t go there first thing in the morning before the eventual fog had a chance to clear.