Abu Dhabi Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
November 27th, 2006 – by: nadja
J'ai d'abord visite l'hotel le plus luxueux de la ville (tres chic en effet), et balade le long de la "corniche".
Puis je suis entree dans l'enceinte d'un "Palace" croyant que c'etait un monument ancien,alors que c'est une des residences du Cheik... Un "local" qui sortait de la dans son 4x4 est venu me demander ce que je faisais la. Je lui dit que je suis touriste et que je visite. Du coup il me fait monter dans son 4x4 pour me montrer "ce que je veux". On a donc fait un tour par les ecuries d'un club prive, vu les esais d'une Porsche,passe devant les residences du Cheik et de sa famille, puis on est alles dans un desert juste a la sortie de la ville voir un type entrainer ses faucons! C'etait vraiment impressionnant et je ne faisais pas la maline quand ils m'ont poussee a toucher la bete.
This town is much nicer than Dubai, it is much more organised, it seems finished even if in constant expansion. It's like Dubai is a rich spoiled teenager, and Abu Dhabi a grown up reasonable person. I first saw the more expensive hotel in town, then walked along the "corniche".
At the end of the day, I went to a "Palace" thinking to would be nice to see, but it was actually one of the Sheikh's houses. So a local came to me in his 4x4 to see what I wanted. I told him I was just a tourist so he decided to take me on to show me "anything I wanted". So we went trough the stables of a private club, saw the test-driving of a Porsche, drove around the residential area of the Sheikh and his extended family. Then we went to the close desert to see a man training his falcons.
It was really impressive and I was not so comfortable cuddling the bird. I was quite comfortable driving the 4x4 in the sand though. I was so happy to meet such nice people because here all the foreigners have bad prejudices about the locals. Now I cab say there are so nice one, just like anywhere.
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