March started with a friend stay-cation in the Emirate of Ajman. The guys (Spence, Laurie, and I) drove up in the early morning to play a round at the Al Zorah Golf Club while the ladies (Bec and Amanda) headed up a bit later to enjoy lunch and massages at the Ajman Saray spa. The weather did not cooperate though – it was as cold and windy as it gets in the UAE. The water was so rough that the beach was even closed to swimming. No beach time for us so we hit the highway in the morning back to Abu Dhabi stopping for a spot of lunch at Last Exit.
The next weekend, we joined Laurie and Amanda at Bazzar, a Cirque du Soleil show, where I was lucky enough to be called on stage to participate in the Maestro’s antics. We visited Wahat al Karama, a new war memorial across from the Grand Mosque, before meeting our friends for a lovely outdoor Saturday brunch at Li Jiang.
The Presidential Palace, Qasr al Watan, or Palace of the Nation, opened to the public on Monday, March 11th and we had tickets to visit the same day. We’ve watched the construction since we arrived in Abu Dhabi and it is truly amazing. It is for official state visits and where global leaders are hosted and took over 5 years to complete.
Rebecca volunteered from 17 to 21 March at the Special Olympics again this year for the World Games. She was involved with the awards ceremonies as an athlete escort as well as a tray bearer of the silver and bronze medals at the ADNEC and Corniche venues. We attended the Opening Ceremony on March 14th at Zayed Sports City and I came to watch some of the sporting events at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. I also ran the Unified Run on Hudayriat Island to support the athletes.
On March 21st, Bec led us over to the Emirates Palace Hotel where we saw famous Flamenco dancer Sara Baras tap the night away in a performance called Sombras. From there, we were looking forward to our trip to the US and Canada.