Finally able to upload my part two of our baby moon in Dubai after 3 weeks without wifi. A bit late but better than never. Hope to catch up on my posts soon.
Our last few days in UAE were packed full of fun activities, and one of them was a day trip to Abu Dhabi. Expecting another Dubai; I was surprised to see a more residential and calm city, with very little to do. On the Agenda was Masdar City, The Corniche, Grand Mosque and Ferrari World.
Masdar City, a place I had never heard of before, is a little mini research city dedicated to finding sustainable energy solutions by using wind and solar energy. One of their most famous projects, was there flight around the world using solar panels on the plane as energy. The highlight here was riding around in these mini solar powered pods pictured above. The fact that is was solar powered and directed by magnets was fascinating and gives hope for a more ecological means of transport some day.
After that we set out for the corniche, expecting another Dubai beach Mall. We were disappointed to just find a simple beach strip with little restaurants or shops nearby, though beautiful we were starving and ended up walking for ages in the direct heat looking for something to eat!
Next stop was The Grand mosque, here I had the fright of my life as I realized I was a visibly pregnant unmarried woman in a place where it is illegal to be! I was constantly singled out by security and had to wear an Abaya different than those given to other tourists, though I couldn’t tell the difference by looking at them. Lee and I posed for a photo with him placing a hand on my shoulder, we were then approached by the security guard telling Lee he is not allowed to touch me and to delete the photo. All in all it is a very beautiful and extravagant building and seems to be more of an tourist attraction than an actual religious place.
Our last stop in Abu Dhabi was Ferrari World, where unfortunately being 6 months pregnant, i was not able to do much. Here they have the worlds fastest roller coaster than goes at speeds of 250 KM/H. So wished I could have tried it!
For our last days in Dubai we climbed the top of the Burj Khalifa, which you should do at least once but definitely would not do it again as after awhile the views are the same and there is nothing else up there to see or do. We then had a High tea at the Burj Al Arab which is a luxurious 7 star hotel, which has the most stylish bathrooms I have ever seen. The bathrooms looked like a lounge room! After that we went to a nearby pub and participated in a pub quiz where we won 100£, a great end to our holiday.
Feeling sun kissed, relaxed and bump much bigger than the start of the trip, it was time to head back to Aberdeen and move into our new house! So much happening in so little time. Hope to catch up on posts soon. Until then..