Feeling the heat in Abu Dhabi

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Marble floor in entrance hall... Can you see the two people standing there? Yes, it's that huge!
Well, maybe it wasn't such a good idea to go to Abu Dhabi in late August. It's really hot and humid there, so going outside for sightseeing isn't that much fun.
But due to a special offer me and a friend went there anyway.
Official opening was scheduled for November 2005, so in August there was still some construction going on. Luxury hotels often have a so called "soft opening phase" where they offer special room rates, so can run the technical stuff and train the hotel staff.
Construction was on the other side of the hotel, which was like 700 meter from our room, so we weren't bothered by construction noise.

As I mentioned before, doing outdoor activities was not so much fun. The water temperature of the ocean at the hotel's private beach was warm as in the bathtub, and even hanging at the pool (which luckily had cooled water!) was kinda exhausting.
So we preferred to stay inside the hotel, going shopping to Marina Mall or Abu Dhabi Mall... well, going anywhere cold!

One day we decided to rent a car and go to Dubai, which is like 150km from Abu Dhabi. Takes 2 hours by car. We checked out some sights in Dubai, but due to the heat we couldn't really enjoy the places outside.
So we hit the shopping malls or checked out luxury hotels.

However, it was a really nice trip, and I'd like to go there again - but this time in Winter, when temperatures are lower!


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Marble floor in entrance hall... C…
Marble floor in entrance hall... …
Gallery in entrance hall
Gallery in entrance hall
Tour guide showing us around in th…
Tour guide showing us around in t…
Centre of the hotel
Centre of the hotel
Chill out place
Chill out place
Some stairway
Some stairway
The theatre
The theatre
The theatre
The theatre
Seafood restaurant
Seafood restaurant
Some stairway
Some stairway
Convention & Ball room
Convention & Ball room
Gallery near hotel rooms
Gallery near hotel rooms
Gallery near hotel rooms
Gallery near hotel rooms
View from breakfast restaurant
View from breakfast restaurant
View from breakfast restaurant
View from breakfast restaurant
Giant dome in entrance hall
Giant dome in entrance hall
Stairway
Stairway
Hallway to hotel rooms
Hallway to hotel rooms
Hotel suite tour: Flat TV
Hotel suite tour: Flat TV
Hotel suite tour: golden tub
Hotel suite tour: golden tub
Hotel suite tour: nice bed
Hotel suite tour: nice bed
Hotel suite tour: tour guide expla…
Hotel suite tour: tour guide expl…
Hotel suite tour: main bed room
Hotel suite tour: main bed room
Hotel suite tour: suite entrance
Hotel suite tour: suite entrance
Hotel suite tour
Hotel suite tour
Hotel suite tour: Private dining r…
Hotel suite tour: Private dining …
Hotel suite tour: another bedroom
Hotel suite tour: another bedroom
Hotel suite tour: Chill out place
Hotel suite tour: Chill out place
Our room
Our room
Our room
Our room
View from our room
View from our room
Remote control
Remote control
Flat TV
Flat TV
Flat TV
Flat TV
Chill out chair
Chill out chair
Hallway to hotel room
Hallway to hotel room
View from beach side
View from beach side
View from beach side
View from beach side
Front view with main entrance
Front view with main entrance
View from main entrance
View from main entrance
Garden view
Garden view
Garden view
Garden view
Front view main building
Front view main building
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main building
Main building
VIP entrance - only accessible for…
VIP entrance - only accessible fo…
VIP entrance
VIP entrance
Garden view
Garden view
View from hotel property to whole …
View from hotel property to whole…
View from marina
View from marina
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area with nice waterfall
Pool area with nice waterfall
Pool area with streaming water can…
Pool area with streaming water ca…
Pool area with waterslide
Pool area with waterslide
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area, waterfall
Pool area, waterfall
Pool area, another water slide
Pool area, another water slide
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
View from suite to beach and marina
View from suite to beach and marina
View from suite to Marina Mall
View from suite to Marina Mall
View from suite to marina
View from suite to marina
View from suite to beach area
View from suite to beach area
View from suite to beach, Downtown…
View from suite to beach, Downtow…
View from suite to beach, Downtown…
View from suite to beach, Downtow…
View from suite to beach,
View from suite to beach,
Beach
Beach
The whole beach is hotel property
The whole beach is hotel property
Hotel at night
Hotel at night
Hotel at night
Hotel at night
View at hotel from marina
View at hotel from marina
Pier at marina
Pier at marina
Pier at marina
Pier at marina
Pier at marina
Pier at marina
Downtown Abu Dhabi
Downtown Abu Dhabi
On the way to Heritage Village
On the way to Heritage Village
Heritage Village beach
Heritage Village beach
Heritage Village beach
Heritage Village beach
Heritage Village
Heritage Village
View from Heritage Village
View from Heritage Village
Downtown Abu Dhabi
Downtown Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall
Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall
Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall
Abu Dhabi Shopping Mall
Going to Dubai
Going to Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Nice empty beach near Burj Al Arab
Nice empty beach near Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
Dhubai theme shopping mall
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photo by: JP-NED