2 months in the UAE…

Nearly 2 months into my time in Al Ain and I thought it’s time to write a blog post on what I’ve been up to…other than flying!

Al Ain is somewhat remote, they seem to build outwards rather than upwards here so everything is considerably spread out – especially when you compare it to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In terms of attractions, Al Ain is quite limited and we seem to have been to or seen the majority of the suggested sites. However, having Dubai and Abu Dhabi just one and a half hours away means we have endless things to do…

Here are a few of my best bits since arriving in the United Arab Emirates in early October…

Dubai Creek and Old Souq, Dubai

Visiting Old Dubai was incredible and one of my favourite trips so far. Compared to central Dubai, it is extremely cultural and you can find so many things to do and see. We took an hours long trip on an Abra (an old wooden boat) along the Dubai Creek for just 40 dirhams each – approximately £8! It was amazing to see so many different sights. The creek is predominately used for transporting industrial goods such as fabrics and tyres around Dubai – something you certainly don’t see in Dubai itself.

Formula 1, Abu Dhabi

Since discovering I would be conducting my flight training in the UAE, I had my heart set on attending the Abu Dhabi Formula 1. We managed to get some last ditch tickets from a couple on holiday in Abu Dhabi who were selling them on behalf of a friend. It all seemed too good to be true…Marina Grandstand, Row A, access to the After Race concerts…it turned out to be one of the best weekends of my life. We had access to the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday as well as their respective concerts which included Post Malone, Sam Smith and Guns n Roses – we also luckily picked up some tickets from one of my friends parents for the Friday night concert of The Weeknd. It was incredible, the racing, the entertainment – I would recommend it to anybody visiting Abu Dhabi or the UAE in November.

It was also topped off with an incredible flyby, all coordinated by Etihad Airways. It included their incredible Boeing 787 – painted in a special Formula 1 livery, the Airbus A380 and the Al Fursan aerobatic display team…what a combination!

Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Perhaps one of the most beautiful and picturesque buildings in the world. It’s size and stature is overwhelming. I felt such a presence whilst visiting – everything is so peaceful and tranquil. The building is kept spectacularly clean, emphasised by the fact you can only walk around without shoes on. The pictures speak for itself on this one…

Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai

JBR is one of the most credited hotels in all of Dubai, and understandably so – it’s absolutely huge and seemed to have everything you could ask for. We were walking through shops and restaurants for over 45 minutes before reaching the beach – where only hotels guests may reside. However, we somehow managed to wriggle our way to enjoy the views of the Burj al Arab as the sun set…

This was definitely one of those moments that I’ll look back on and pinch myself to remind me that I actually lived in the United Arab Emirates…

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