Mina Port, Abu Dhabi

Much of Abu Dhabi and Dubai is very modern with over the top malls. A great contrast to that is the Mina Port area that has a wonderful fruit and vegetable market and a huge seafood market. I often rode my bike along the Corniche to arrive at this colorful part of Abu Dhabi. ThereContinue reading “Mina Port, Abu Dhabi”

Qasr al Hosn Festival, Abu Dhabi

The Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi is a wonderful 11 day event that celebrates the Heritage of the UAE. The UAE works hard to preserve its cultural Heritage. Before oil in the 60s, life was hard living in the desert. Fishing, the pearl industry and dates are a big part of that history.Continue reading “Qasr al Hosn Festival, Abu Dhabi”

Qasr al Watan, Abu Dhabi

Qasr al Watan, which means. “Palace of the Nation,” is also referred to as the Presidential Palace. It is where the supreme council and federal cabinet hold meetings. It was not open to the public until March of 2019. Nothing prepared me for the grandeur of this place. The outside is very impressive but whenContinue reading “Qasr al Watan, Abu Dhabi”

Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is spectacular. I am not a big museum fanatic, but this museum is something special. The building itself is a marvel and the spaces within and around the art are pleasant and relaxing. The museum was design to be a bridge between the art if the East and theContinue reading “Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi”

National Day

The United Arab Emirates came into being in 1971. Prior to that they were called the Trucial States under a treaty with Britain. In December of 1971 six of the now seven Emirates formed a nation. Bahrain and Qatar were almost involved in this federation but chose to be independent. The first six Emirates toContinue reading “National Day”

Wedding in Ras al Khaima

One of the most unique experiences I had in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was attending an Emirati wedding in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaima (RAK). It is the Northernmost Emirate located not far across the Gulf from Iran and borders a small part of Oman. The Emirate has many outdoor activities, tall mountainsContinue reading “Wedding in Ras al Khaima”

Meeting Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi – A Great Honor

As I listened to him speak with intelligence, knowledge, vision and compassion I could not help but wish my own country had such a leader. I truly felt I was in the presence of greatness that day. I give thanks to the UAE and Khalifa University for that special experience and honor.