Happy Eid everyone and Selamat Hari Raya Haji.
We're lucky this year to have cave,an parents and my in laws for hari raya, although we didn't have any ketupat, rendang or kuih muih but we had each other and were together and of course that made me miss my family too...sob..sob..sob.
The arrived from KL and we met up with them in Dubai to spent a few days visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi before heading back to Dtown.
The 1st time i was in Dubai was back in 2003 and the last time was sometime in May for a very quick trip...we drove all the way from Dtown to Dubai ( took us 9hr with immigration etc.. ) just to grab a few things from IKEA and to test the car....and we sure did test the car though....we ran out of fuel between UAE and Saudi border....another loooonnng story....
On this trip, we did all the touristic activities and we enjoyed it and my favourite has always been the Old Dubai, its amazing. It was unfortunate that most shops was close the day we were there due to eid but the was still buzzing as always but the highlight for me was the trip Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
It was truly majestic and magnificient. Never had I visited a mosque so emmaculate in my live. I knew this mosque was a mega structure but having to be there myself, it was breath-taking. Everything was well built, well designed and flawless.
The only thing that i wish i had that day was some sunlight! it had been raining in the UAE during the eid and as we were driving to Abu Dhabi it was pouring! :). With some sunlight, it would had been glimmering from the white white marbles.
If your are every there, its worth to take the free tour the mosque conduct daily. We took the 1st tour, wise choice not too many tourist at the time but the later tour is jam packed!
|White domes of the mosque|
|Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi|
|Hand weaven carpet from Iran ( its one piece carpet covering the main hall)|
|Egyptian inspired minarets|
|North Entrance Arcade - where the tour starts|
|The passage leading to the tomb|