Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Abu Dhabi - The Weekend Escpae

Local women at Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Many people may not think of Abu Dhabi as a weekend escape, but I think it is worth considering - particularly Saadiyat Island.  It is a low lying area in Abu Dhabi that we have visited on a few occasions over the last two years.  Since we had a 3-day weekend due to UAE National Day, we ventured there again.  From Dubai, you can be at a nice hotel and feel far away from everything in just over one hour.

Saadiyat island has some of the cleanest sea I have experienced in the UAE.  The beach where we typically stay is protected because turtles lay their eggs there.  On this visit we saw a group of dolphins swim across the sea right in front of us.  They were in no hurry and it was great to watch them play.

Dolphins along the shore at Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Later that day, a flock of flamingos flew over my son's head as he made sand castles with his friends.  And the occasional butterflies on the beach were a nice touch.

I really hope that Saadiyat island stays special.  It is the site of an upscale development that will include a Louvre, Guggenheim, a New York University Campus and many other sites.  I know development comes at a price, but hopefully not at the cost of the wildlife that frequents the island.

Kite surfing at Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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