Archive for the ‘Abu Dhabi’ Category


Déjà Vu

July 15, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Remember this in Singapore?

three towers with a structure across the top connecting them

This is in Abu Dhabi –

three towers under construction with a connecting structure across the top

Gate Towers at Shams Abu Dhabi on Reem Island


Old Abu Dhabi Documentary

March 31, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Oil Discovery and Distribution of Wealth in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (1968)

This is a 52 minute film about Abu Dhabi in 1968, prior to the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1972. It is a bit blunt about some things. It definitely shows the drastic changes that oil discovery and production caused. The best part is seeing so much footage of Sheikh Zayed in a variety of settings. It is a little melodramatic with some forebodings about the future, but it turned out that Sheikh Zayed was a very wise man.


Supporting Artisans

September 9, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

Meet our new kitchen table.

beechwood table with drop leaf sides

The table itself is not important. It’s just an Ikea table with drop leaf sides and a few drawers. The cats were disappointed to find the drawers too small for them to get into. No, the important thing here and the reason for this post is the table runner.

close up of magenta/green/white/black woven table runner

This was made by an Emirati woman as part of the Sougha program of the Khalifa Fund. Emirati women who are skilled in the traditional weaving craft used in creating bedouin tents have been encouraged to develop smaller products and keep the weaving tradition alive and well.

blue/green/white striped carry bag

My first purchase was a carry bag just the right size for my iPad. We’ve made our purchases at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair the last two years. They sell at other events and festivals, so keep your eyes peeled for Sougha products.

Info on other blogs & articles:

Cultural Arts Travelogue
The Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi
Gulf News
The National


Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

March 7, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

black and white goat hair tent

We recently spent a day in Abu Dhabi and went to the Heritage Village. We were there close to closing time, so made a quick visit. The highlights include examples of different traditional housing, like the goat hair tent above and the rock mountain house below.

stone house

Palm fronds are also used to construct barasti housing. Due to the desert environment these can last 20 years despite being 100% biodegradable.

hut and fence made out of palm fronds

There is also a small museum. We had to speed through it in about 5 minutes as it was closing time. It is worth going back for, so next time we’ll get there earlier and start with the museum first.

display of Arabic coffee pots

DaddyBird paused briefly to admire the coffee pots.

blue glass vase

There were some very beautiful items on display.

large double blade battle axe

This battle axe was impressive. However, I think if I was going up against an axe like that one, I would want a bigger shield.


Traditional American Coffee Served in a Jar

March 1, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

a glass jar

This is a jar, ladies and gentlemen. And this, filled with coffee, was what I pictured in my head when I read “Traditional American coffee served in a jar” in the menu at La Brioche.

menu listing coffee options

I also imagined just what kind of traditional Americans would drink coffee in a jar. Ma and Pa Kettle came to mind or maybe the Beverly Hillbillies.

Well, since it was only a dirham more than a regular latte, I took the bait. I had to see just what traditional American coffee in a jar was.

coffee pot, cream pitcher and coffee cup full of very dark coffee

Okay, Frenchies, that is a coffee pot, not a jar.

Now having complained about bad translation, I must say I was happy with my coffee in a jar, because I got three cups out of it and that is almost like having free refills. (Although, considering I paid a little over $4 for it, not really free refills.)


More Comparison

October 18, 2009

So here’s the dome of the Emirates Palace Hotel looking up from below with my old camera:

Here’s what it really looks like with a good camera:
EmirPalDomeMan, that new camera was worth every penny.
There are two gigantic tapestries. One showing the hotel in a daylight scene and one in a nighttime scene.



October 17, 2009

My recent trip to the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi allows a comparison. These are the building projects that can be seen from the front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.
This is approximately one year ago:

This is the current view:
This is last year:

This is the current view:
EmirPalView2I have a much better camera these days. Can you tell?