On November 18th, our friends from Canada, Leslie and John arrived in Dubai. They spent their first few nights there and then stayed at our place on Wednesday night. We went out for a nice dinner and then walked home along the Corniche. The next day they went to Ferrari World and then we all made our way up to Dubai for the weekend. Dan and I had concert tickets to see JLo (Jennifer Lopez) at the Media City Amphitheatre that evening so we dropped Leslie and John at the hotel then took a taxi to the concert. Leslie and John made their way to the Old Souks area in Dubai that night. JLo put on a great show and had some amazing outfits.
The next morning, Dan and I went to the DP World Tour Golf Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. We arrived just as Rory McIlroy was warming up on the driving range. We saw him and Fdez-Castano tee off on the 1st hole and followed them around the front 9. It felt a little like Happy Gilmore. We also saw Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, and Luis Oosthuizen play a few holes (Dan’s sentence!). Leslie and John spent the day at Mall of the Emirates and ventured out on the Ski Dubai indoor slopes for some boarding and skiing. That afternoon, we met up with John and Leslie to run the “10km Nike Light Up DXB” race around the Palm Island. We were all so exhausted by the end of the race that we just made it back to the hotel to hit the sheets.
On Saturday morning, we drove down to the Marina and had a nice brunch overlooking the harbor. We said goodbye to our friends later that afternoon as they were heading out to their desert safari experience before flying back to Europe where they will spend the next week. It was so nice to have some guests in Abu Dhabi! We hope to have some more in the New Year.