Extravagance and the Emirati
It's been a month since my visit to the Middle East and even longer since my last update, so it's probably time I share some of Abu Dhabi's beauty. I'll continue telling myself the world has struggled to get by without content from yours truly.
As well as experiencing one of the world's best airlines, flying with Etihad Airways means the added bonus of stopovers in the extravagant UAE. A complimentary coach-ride away from Dubai, Abu Dhabi shouldn't be passed over as an incredible destination of it's own. No matter how long you spend in the capital, one gleaming building stands out as the attraction you can't miss: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
The Grand Mosque's towering white walls and domes feel like an Emirati take on the Taj Mahal, or at least they do to someone who's only seen the Taj Mahal on Google Images (India is on the to do list.) What surprised me is that this monumental creation only celebrated it's 10th anniversary in 2017. The mosque is a relatively modern building envisioned by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the UAE. With 2018 being a year-long celebration of his legacy in the nation, clearly you have no excuse not to visit.
We can't forget the glamourous interior, either. There's no shortage of enormous golden chandeliers, a record-breaking handmade carpet, and best of all, a brief escape from the heat outside.
That's all for Abu Dhabi, but there's plenty of shots of Dubai to come. At some point. I like to keep people guessing.