(unfortunately a lot of pics today came out grainy as I forgot to change the ISO down from the prior nights pics , not happy at all about that!!)
Today we were doing a day tour of Abu Dhabi. The primary sight we wanted to see was the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. As we wanted to see that during sunset, we decided to start the tour around 10am instead of the usual 9am. This was a plus with the girls, especially Pooja who hated early morning wakeups.
Zaeed our driver was at the hotel at 10, first stop was the Burj Al Arab, quick pic of that, then onto the Jumeirah Al Qasr. Both these hotels are out of this world, a simple drive by was fine. Next was a ride on the Palm Jumeirah to see the magnificent Atlantis. It is amazing what they have created on a man made land! It is an entire city being built on this land which did not exist around 20 years back!
It was around 11am, time to head to Abu Dhabi, a long and boring drive of just over an hour. The road to Abu Dhabi is very straight with only a couple of slight turns.
Unlike Dubai with an endless line of oppulent sky scrapers, Abu Dhabi was subdued on this front.
First stop was the Emirates palace, and wow what a Hotel!! Ok this was ozzzing luxury – very Oppulent.
Good place for a lunch break.
Post that we took a short visit to the Marina Mall, and then on to the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. The Marina mall was nothing compared to what we had seen in Dubai, very ordinary .
Around 4pm we headed out to the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque – I would recommend this time to all to see this beautiful mosque in both daylight and at night.
First however, all girls had to be draped in the traditional islamic ladies wear covering arms and feet. (Neha unfortunately got a long one, walking around was a challenge!)
A Mosque like no other, I have not seen many Mosques, but off the few I have seen and visited this is ranked No.1.
Definitely worth a visit, one of the highlights of this trip!
It was around 6:30pm, time to head back to Dubai. The highlights were the Emirates Palace and the Mosque.