I didn’t plan anything: no travel, no vacation.
Then, like a bolt from the blue, I received a proposal “What aboutthe UAE?”
You can not imagine my surprise and excitement.
I quickly booked the ticket. I couldn’t miss such an opportunity!
A few days before departure, while walking down the stairs, I missed the last three steps, I fall down and I got a metatarsus distortion.
I spent one morning in the emergency room, I practiced on crutches during the following days and after less than a week I left to the UAE.
I’m used to travel. I have traveled several times alone, with family, with friends, with colleagues, but it never happened to take an “assisted” trip.
Often, while travelling, I saw people on the wheelchair at the airports assisted by dedicated staff.
Well, when travelling to the UAE I got it too!
An unusual way, indeed, but this gave me the chance, once arrived in Abu Dhabi, to leave the plane and the airport with my suitcase in less than 10 minutes.We booked at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi: simply gorgeous!
The impressive and elegant entrance, the superb restaurants and a the swimming pools where spending the time relaxing were a real dream!
Due to my swollen foot we were quite limited in our moves and we had to give up to the idea of taking a ride in the desert.
The heat was really terrible, mostly due to the humidity.
Due to this reason, while driving around with the car we seldomly saw somebody walking in the street.
People went from one air-conditioned place to another and moved with the car, always with air conditioning on!
In Abu Dhabi we had a lot ot fun visiting the malls.
The Marina Mall is a feast for the eyes … but also for the wallet.
This Mall offerings to the visitors consist in luxury shops and even more, restaurants, bars and an ice-skating rink.
We dedicated one day to Dubai visit: the Mall of the Emirates with a ski slope and with ski lifts open 365 days a year, The Dubai Mall with a giant aquarium in which you can do scuba diving and walk across a glass tunnel to see all kinds of fish swimming around you, the Souq shops with local products, and finally a visit and a lunch to the Burj-Al-Arab, the famous hotel 7-star .
Even in Abu Dhabi we didn’t visit the malls only.
The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is one of the largest in the world and it can accommodate up to 10,000 people at once.
It is built next to Sultan Zayed mausoleum, the founding father of the UAE.
As in all the mosques, there is a praying section dedicated to men and one to women, but outside of worship, women can also access the men area to visit it.
The marble used in the courtyard comes from Carrara, in Italy.
This marble is the only one that remains cool even when the sun shines and it’s hot, and allows people walking barefoot.
Now I’m looking forward to returning there soon, without injured feet.
Meanwhile I’m taking a look at UAE cruises because after having visited two of the seven Emirates I still have the curiosity to see the other ones.