Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, has been my home for the last 8 months. It was here that I fell into a heady and passionate love… with the culture, food, people and landscapes.

Its safe to say that I love this city.

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When people hear that I live in Abu Dhabi, they always ask-

“Don’t you wish you lived in Dubai?”

“Isn’t that where everything is anyway?”

“What is there to look at in Abu Dhabi?”

 

Well shall we take a look?

 

These mediocre sunrises over the Arabian Sea

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Location: Reem Island

 

Followed by average sunset views…

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Location: Reem Island
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Location: Capital Hyatt Hotel rooftop terrace
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Location: Eastern Mangroves

 

This iconic mosque which fails to impress at all times of day…

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Location: Wahat Al Karama

 

There aren’t even any decent sea views!

 

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Location: Eastern Mangroves

 

Certainly no good beaches!

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Location: Zaya Nurai Island

 

There’s definitely no greenery…

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Location: Al Ain Oasis

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Location: Eastern Mangroves

 

And nothing other than desert and buildings…

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Location: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain

 

Oh you thought all the skyscrapers were only in Dubai? These can’t be real then…

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Location: Emirates Heritage Village
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Location: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

 

Who photoshopped these into our city skyline?

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Location: Galleria, Al Maryah Island

 

Speaking of skylines… its clear that Abu Dhabi doesn’t have an impressive one…

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Location: The Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island

 

I wish we had some impressive architecture…

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Location: The Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island

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Location: The Intercontinental Hotel

 

Even the desert isn’t pretty…

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Location: Desert between Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

 

All sarcasm aside, Abu Dhabi is not just the richest emirate because of oil reserves or financial wealth. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the UAE rich in diverse landscapes- there are dense forests as you kayak along the mangroves, vast deserts where people live and farm, the Arabian Sea where people frolic and of course the busy capital city full of people hailing from all over the world. Come visit us here in Abu Dhabi to enjoy negotiating the well-developed roads, enjoy the breathtaking coast and smoke shisha with locals and expats alike.

Be sure to ask us what we love about living in this gorgeous emirate… not only will we tell you, we will also try our best to show you!

 

Let me know if I have managed to convince you to come visit Abu Dhabi in the comments below!

Peace out pandas car