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Abu Dhabi

January 8, 2014

After our lovely Christmas in Dubai we decided to take a mini break and hired a car which we drove to Abu Dhabi for a couple of nights. We had a lovely time there staying in a nice hotel on Yas Island, catching up with a friend from HNZ and Shane McLean who dates back to Craig’s Air Nelson and Aberdeen days.

The roads in the Middle East are a nightmare so poor Craig was left driving the whole time, but he was very adept at the high speeds, unfamiliar roads and driving on the other side. Our first tourist stop in Abu Dhabi was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which was completely spectacular, although the kids were rather unimpressed. I had to dress up in the full black tent dress with hood, which assaulted my feminist side but was necessary to enter the mosque. While in Rome………and all that!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Later that afternoon we caught up with our old friend Shane and his wife Julia and their two boys.  Shane took Craig and Angus out on his jet ski, while I happily sat on beach and sipped wine (shhh don’t tell the locals) and watched the kids play.  Afterwards we had an excellent Kiwi style BBQ back at Shane’s house.

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The next day we were up bright and early and headed out to Ferrari World which was located right next to our hotel.  We all had an absolute blast there and I’d actually go as far as saying it was even better than Universal Studios, thanks to fewer ques and more age appropriate activities and rides for the kids.  Ferrari world is famous for having the worlds fastest roller coaster, but one look at it and kids were begging to leave!  I think after their last roller coaster experience in Singapore they’ve both decided that they are not keen on them.  Craig and I were more than happy to have an excuse to avoid the roller coaster too, and there were plenty of other things to do anyway.  We were very reluctant to leave and had to drag the kids out at about 3pm so that we had time to get back to Dubai for New Year celebrations with the Costello’s.

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So back in Dubai, after the New Year’s eve hangovers had passed we made it out to the Aquarium with the kids, followed by a fantastic Thai meal while watching the fountains.

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On our way home we came across a display of the new Dubai police cars, yes it is a Ferrari and totally ridiculous, but that’s what you do when you have too much money I suppose.  And of course there is always time ice cream before bed.

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Big thank you to the Costello’s for looking after us and putting up with us for nearly two weeks.  We had the best holiday ever and can’t wait to come back and it all again.

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2 Comments
  1. barbara grafton permalink

    Hi Liz and family, Barbara here from Villa 2 just looking back and reading your comments etc. All good here but not very. nice weather at all. Its not summer YET! dont know when. Nice to see you all looking healthy and happy. I’m okay its now 6months since Ken passed away.But we are getting .

    • Hi Barbara, I’m so pleased you found your way here. Really sorry to hear about your dear Ken, and I know you will be feeling quite lost without him by your side. His last few years had been rough for you all so at least now you can sit back and relax a bit and remember the good times. I am pleased things are going well at the village. Will have to catch up on the gossip sometime. Liz

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