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I haven’t had a chance to see Abu Dhabi.  This is my second trip here and the photograph sums up my experience of this changing city.  I zoom around from meeting to meeting and back to the hotel in the evening for a flight the next day.

I am so impressed by how much is happening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  In Kuwait, we have new towns and towers being built.  In these two cities, cities are being built within them.  I am a little concerned about who will fill these buildings? but impressive is too weak a word to describe the progress.

Driving out of Abu Dhabi, I saw Khalifa City.  This is four phases of houses after houses and more.  The other side of the highway has office blocks and apartment buildings.  Malls and leisure facilities are all around.  Huge road bridges connecting the two sides are being constructed.  Reem Island is another massive development with everything that you can imagine (and some that you can’t).  Good luck Abu Dhabi.

My absolute favorite sight today was the Grand Mosque.  The driver was going fast so I couldn’t get a good shot.  It’s definitely on my list of photographs for my next trip. I hope I get more time.

 

With my telephone connection finally fixed, I can do some catching up…

Last time I went to Dubai, I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Festival City.  I am rarely impressed by hotel rooms and their decor, especially with modern builds.  However this was a little different.  The room/toilet are small, but by using a glass wall in the middle, it fealt like I was staying in a suite.

I’m in Dubai without my camera… I miss it!

This is my view from the hotel which I captured during my February visit. I’m staying at the same room again.

With my new job I’m travelling to or through Dubai quite often. There is no doubt in my mind about how much this emirate has achieved in the past 10-15 years. I don’t want to say that I like everything about the place, but my god can we learn a thing or two!

On an official tour-bus of the city, they mention how in the 1970s, Dubai took loans from Abu Dhabi and Kuwait for Medical and Educational spending. Today the story is very different. 92% of Dubai’s GDP is non-oil based.

Think about what we’ve been doing in the past 20 years…. or more importantly what we’ve not been doing.

Well done Dubai. I wish you more of this well-deserved success.