Saturday, 7 November 2015

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

I first visited Dubai in 2005, when a stopover there en route from Reunion was the easiest way to travel to the Maldives. I didn't like the city much then, but this time after ten days in Oman I had more of a chance to explore and I liked it somewhat better.

cityscape, with Burj Khalifa dominating the skyline

Burj Khalifa with the sun setting behind

close up of the Burj Khalifa

Atlantis Hotel on The Palm artificial island

Tall buildings near Sheikh Zayed Road.
The tallest in this photo is Al Yaqoub Tower (328m),
to the right is the Maze Tower, to the left is Up Tower 

 The Burj Al Arab hotel at Jumeirah Beach bills itself as "the most luxurious hotel in the world".

Burj Al Arab hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Dubai Marina

Cayan Tower was opened in 2013 and at 306 metres is the ninth-tallest residential building in the world. 
Cayan Tower, 73 stories

Hoopoe bird

inside the Mall of the Emirates, which has 560 shops

Ski Dubai is a 'ski resort' covering 22,500 square meters and with 3,000 square metres of snow, located inside the enormous shopping centre of Mall of the Emirates.

Ski Dubai, located inside the Mall of the Emirates

sunset over the desert

After two days in Dubai we headed along Sheikh Zayed Road (the longest road in the Emirates at 558.4km) to Abu Dubai.

Looking down Sheikh Zayed Road

Abu Dubai is the largest and wealthiest emirate of the United Arab Emirates and is about 140km from Dubai.

sign at Ferrari World, Yas Island 

view of downtown Abu Dhabi

Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

View from Emirates Hotel.
The copper building to the right is the Millennium Bab al Qasr hotel.
The buildings to the left are Etihad Towers & the Regent Emirates Pearl.

Emirates Palace luxury hotel, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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