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Oasis in the desert!



Today I go back to my childhood city, Abu Dhabi, spent 10 years of my life there and to this day I still consider it home to a certain extent. Toronto is my real home but Abu Dhabi has some kind of special status. I’m very fond of the city, not so much for what it is today but for it was in yesteryear! Then again, all I did was play and spend my parents money, of course I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ I have nothing but good memories of the place, I’ve changed a lot in 21 years and so have the city. I can barely recognize the place, there are some monuments that remind of the past but you often hear things like: “You see this street?! Well this all used to be water until they built this new land”. No matter how you view their government you have to tip your hat off to them for spending money on their country, on their people, what a concept? Government spending money on their people ๐Ÿ™‚

Formula 1 is something that I share with my siblings, we used to be real fanatics but I’ve kind of fizzled out of the sport since I moved out to the West coast, following it is almost impossible over here! The little one turns 27 today so I thought I’d share something that us, the brothers, had in common. This is truly an oasis in the middle of the desert, we drove for about 30-45 minutes to whats called Yas Island (another man made island brought to you by the UAE government), its in the middle of the desert and surrounded by nothing but that! Somehow they managed to build a gorgeous resort out of it and I think they will only inject more into the area. The pictures are what I would assume a VIP ticket package for the grand prix weekend, its quite a viewpoint from here but trust me your ears will feel it (I’m a 7 year veteran of the Montreal Grand Prix). What I really wanted to do was run on the track and take a picture of the tunnel, its some amazing architecture, they are laid back over there about rules but I don’t think that laid back that I can run on the track ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a few more from the track and then some others of the city, didn’t spend as much time with my camera as I would’ve like to. When you go back to your childhood place expect a lot of social commitments, it was so nice to rekindle all those childhood memories though, can’t lie about that ….

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2 responses

  1. Spock Kris

    I still live in this city for last 15 years, and just marvel at the growth and commitment of the government to both the locals and expats having better life in all respects.

    Its the commitment of the government to the people and culture, development of infrastructures at an astounding pace that leaves even government of so called developed countries far behind.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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