Abu Dhabi, UAE

In October 2015, we had an eight-hour layover in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven emirates of UAE. So we stepped out of the airport, met and negotiated a deal with a Pakistani driver for a multi-hour tour of the city. Below are some visual impressions from this brief, touristy outing.

Etihad towers etc.

Residential buildings

Along Corniche Road

On Corniche beach

A public park

A public park

Corniche Road

On Corniche beach

Along Corniche beach

Near Corniche beach

Shops on Corniche beach (more)

Along Corniche Road

Bab al-Qasr Hotel

Abu Dhabi marina

A ferris wheel

Etihad Towers

Marina Mall

Inside Marina Mall

Inside Marina Mall (more)

Inside Marina Mall

Emirates Palace (more)

A luxury hotel (more)

Finished in 2005

Marble work

Hotel floors (more)

Lounge areas

Palace Ceiling

Gold and marble (more)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (1, 2)

Built by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Finished in 2007, largest mosque in UAE

Built by an Italian company

Pool along the columns

Front entrance

Floral marble work

The courtyard

Women's dress code

Marble inlay work

Marble and gold

Marble and gold

Holds 40K worshippers

One-piece carpet

German chandeliers

Finely carved ceilings

Ornate interior (more)

Carpet built by an Iranian company (more)

Inspired by Persian, Mughal, and Moorish designs (more)

Domes and minarets (more)

Marble stonework

Marble stonework

Marble stonework

Loaner dress for entry


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