The holy month of Ramadan started on Thursday, May 17th. On the first night, we went to the opening of Deadpool 2 with Nadia…the theatre was empty as most people were at iftar dinner (i.e. the breaking of the fast). The next morning, I took Nadia with me for a desert drive as she had always wanted to get out on the dunes (but her hubby did that for work so did not enjoy doing that in his spare time). Bec opted out as well to get a few things done at home.
The following weekend, I played a round of golf with Laurie at Yas Links while Bec was having a furry friend dropped off at the apartment. Bella the Pomeranian spent the day with us while her owners had a beach day. She sure didn’t like me, not one bit, except when we took her for a walk around the block. Otherwise, she was Becca’s dog. Later that night, I met back up with Laurie, Spence, and Otti for a guys evening brunch at Asia de Cuba. Yes, “evening brunch” doesn’t quite sound right, but trust me, it was a lot of fun. While the guys were doing brunch, Bec met up with Nadia for some sushi at Toki followed by a night cap at the St. Regis Bar.
On Friday, June 1st, Bec and I finally got a chance to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi. She had pre-purchased tickets to a globe exhibition and Spence decided to join us last minute. I’d like to go back to the museum some time soon. That night, Laurie and Amanda came down to our neighborhood and we went out to see the new Star Wars flick, Solo, in the plush Rhodes cinematic experience.
Bec also attended an iftar dinner with her colleagues at the Le Royal Meridian the following week, her first ever Ramadan tent. Otherwise, the majority of the month we really kept busy trying to finish off furnishing the new apartment with a few trips to my favourite store, IKEA. Bec also found out about the imminent tax increase on alcohol starting at the end of Ramadan – and once she did she was out in full force. She made sure to shop all of the sales at each liquor store in the city to fill the pantry from top to bottom before the 2018 Abu Dhabi Alcohol Crisis would see us paying an additional 30% on top of already expensive prices. Ramadan ended on Thursday, June 14th and we would be heading off to Paris for the Eid al Fitr long weekend.