This is Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi. It is also my home, for the next eight weeks at least. And the last eighty nine. Ugh. Really, what was I thinking?
It’s been a whole year since my Dad, Mam and my sister Fiona came to visit and I showed them around this strange little country that I’ve come to know so well.
Staycations have some major advantages. There’s no time wasted getting your bearings, dealing with jet-lag, adjusting to the heat or the culture shock… you already know the bakery for the best early-morning croissants and the barman who will mix the best late-night Tom Collins.
If you remember, I also had a plan.
Dubai Marina at night
Dubai Fountain and a (surprise) fireworks show
Afternoon tea and birthday celebrations at the 7-star Burj Al Arab
Views of city and desert from the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world)
Shopping at Dubai Mall, the biggest mall in the world.
Dune bashing in the desert
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
See my full guide to Holidaying in the Emirates here.
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