London Ladies Visit Abu Dhabi

A few weeks after my work trip to London, my friend Jen and her friend Shazar flew to Abu Dhabi for a short break. Jen and Shazar are both from Canada but moved to London a few years ago where they met. They arrived late on Wednesday, October 26th however they didn’t have much sleep as the next morning they were up bright and early to go on their morning desert safari. They went dune bashing, rode a camel and then were back in the early afternoon. After work, we took the girls over to the Emirates Palace Hotel where we enjoyed a mojito before having dinner at Hakassan. After dinner, we popped up to Ray’s Bar for a night cap. We ended up bumping into some friends and enjoyed a few more cocktails before the night was through.

Mojito night at Emirates Palace Hotel

Mojito night at Emirates Palace Hotel

The next morning we slept in a little, and then made our way up to the three bridges area to have Friday Brunch. Friday Brunch is a bit of an institution in Abu Dhabi where many hotels offer an all inclusive drinks and food buffet.  We decided to have ours at Pearls and Caviar, specializing in seafood and over looking the waterfront. Afterwards we took a stroll through the Souk Qaryat Al Beri before watching the sunset.

Brunch at Pearls & Caviar

Brunch at Pearls & Caviar

On Saturday we went on a driving tour of Abu Dhabi. We took a stroll along Yas Marina, checked out the F1 track and then made our way to Manarat Al Saadiyat, an arts and culture centre. On the way back home, Dan dropped us on the Corniche where we grabbed a lemon and mint beverage at a spot on the beach. We walked back to the apartment where Dan was busy getting dinner ready. That evening we had “Canadian Night” with Caesar’s to start, steak and twice baked potatoes and some Canadian wine for dinner. We taught Shazar the cribbage basics, had a few crib matches and then played a few rounds of our all time favourite game, Catch Phrase.

Dan's driving tour to Yas Marina

Dan’s driving tour to Yas Marina

The next day Dan had to work and I took it off to spend the last day with the girls. We hit up the new Nation Riviera Beach Club and spent the morning lounging by the pool. We had a bite of lunch on the beach and then walked over to the spa for our afternoon massage appointments. It was a nice and relaxing way to end the long weekend. That evening we thought it was due time to have some Arabic food, so we ordered in from the local favourite, Lebanese Flower. It was the girls last dinner in Abu Dhabi and we invited our friends Jenn & Spence to join us. The next morning, Jen and Shazar visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before heading up to the airport for their afternoon flight back to London. It was really great to have some Canadian friends come and visit us in Abu Dhabi! We hope they make it back real soon.

Lebanese Flower Feast with Friends

Lebanese Flower Feast with Friends


About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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1 Response to London Ladies Visit Abu Dhabi

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks for being such great hosts!!! We had a blast and enjoyed cocktail hour.

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