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The last thing I want to do is to write about my hotel experiences on this blog.  This time however was a little different.  Whilst the place is not far away from home (Abu Dhabi) it was an experience worth sharing.  The property is imposing and the furnishings very luxurious.  It’s not to my personal taste but it is very impressive.  

During my five day stay, Tony Blair and Nicolas Sarkozy spent a night here each.  I found it very strange that heads of state stay at a hotel – but this made sense of all the money that had been spent on this place and the many years (if ever) it will take to get some sort of payback.

The gardens are fantastic.  From water fountains, to trees, to flowering hedges, to beautiful lawns and great designs, they are a feast even during this not-so-generous time of year.  In my opinion, the landscaping here sets a new standard for the Gulf.  

Enjoy the photographs taken last night and mostly this morning.  The ones of the interior were not good.  I couldn’t control the lighting and the colours.




    • Posted 29 May 2009 at 12:35 pm
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    The hotel looks lovely! It’s always nice to see hotels with lots of greenery in the Gulf!

    Great pictures as usual!

    • sam
    • Posted 29 May 2009 at 4:48 pm
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    Hey , thats like my house back home ! with Mohan the Buutlerrr ! LOL ahahaha lovely pics….

  1. I like how the business card has a different name in Arabic and in English.

  2. @
    Thanks 🙂

    @ sam
    I’ve seen pics of your house back home 🙂 I know what you mean.

    @ Abid
    Not a first… Though he did say it’s a typo!

    • maitham
    • Posted 30 May 2009 at 7:49 pm
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    talk about luxury!!!!! 😛

  3. Your photos are works of art, BuYousef.

  4. Its an interesting hotel for sure! Seriously amazing landscaping, and I love the water fountain!

    Amazing shots as usual! Keep em coming!

  5. Thank you intlxpatr & Marzouq 🙂

  6. Wow, how did I miss this post ?
    Nice picture as usual Bu Yousef !
    My fav is the 7th one from the top, Superb composition !

  7. beautiful photos!
    i still haven’t had the chance to go there yet!! 😦
    my friend keeps promising me a road trip to bu dhabi but it NEVER takes place! 😦

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