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Saturday, April 9, 2011


My resourceful readers beat me to it, one even has GPS coordinates. Nothing is easy here when it comes to finding things.I apologize by not posting these images earlier but my internet was down for the last 4 days from dealing with a dispute with the telecommunications giant here in Abu Dhabi well known for their customer service. I think most can relate.

There are no street addresses and everyone you ask seems to have a different opinion on which direction one needs to go to get to the desired destination. It is especially frustrating when a legal requirement must be met and good intentions are thwarted due to lack of information.

IMHO, the whole Liquor Licence thing requirement is going away due to what I have seen lately, but best be legal just in case.

Below is a Google Earth view of the new office. The courtyard to the lower left is a shambles due to construction which makes it hard to find the place to park as there is no local parking and the licence renewal office is smaller than my bathroom.

Thousands of expats are trying to do the right thing and comply with the law, but this is gonna be tough!

The road at top is the Mooror Road    

Good luck, you will need it!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

FAI Race at Yas Island

I usually don't post twice in one day but I am in a writing mood and wanted to get this done. I went to this race two weeks ago. The venue was the the Yas Island Marina Circuit which is just a few KM's from my humble abode. When I first moved here, it was a wasteland, everything was under construction and just to get a loaf of bread was an ordeal. Now Khalifa City A as it is known has come into its own. I rarely have to venture into the city anymore.

There are world class hotels in this area now and the Yas Island complex is home to the Formula One race and many other automotive events.

This will be mostly picture is worth a thousand words!

Ferrari World Theme Park, I am not Kidding! Landscape Pending

Roller Coaster at Ferrari World
Yas Marina Circuit

At the Racertack

The Pits

A Dragster Built for Three, Who Would have Thunk?
One For the Kidlets!
Can we have have that in English? Damn!

Some Attention Seekers, It worked!
Looks like the good Captain is in danger of losing his First Mate!

Some Nice Ladies at the Info Booth
Twilight at the Track

A Yacht Show was running Concurrently

A Million LED's

A hell of an Engine you will not find in your everyday Kia. That would be overkill!

Where your $4/gallon is going.

 Damn, left my checkbook at home again!

How the Other  Half Lives

Note the cubby-hole for the Jetski.

Racecars and yachts made for a good day, I enjoy the choices I have here.

Equestrian Polo, Abu Dhabi Style

I was recently invited to a polo match. It came out of the blue and I didn't know what to think of it. I was thinking I would have to find a crested blazer and an ascot to fit in. I am not Thurston Howell III  but a simple guy who likes simple pleasures and this seemed way out of my league. I was assured otherwise and decided to go.

Thurston Howell III and his wife, Lovey

It was a beautiful Spring day and I rented a car to go to the venue halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I miss owning a car and was excited to have the freedom to go where I want, when I want if only for 48 hours. I am looking for a "beater" car to regain my independence. Taxis and public transportation have their place but there just seems something missing by not owning one's car.

Anyway, I arrived at a well groomed polo grounds. Admission was free and although there was a VIP section, we all decided to go "picnic style" as did most other spectators. Wine, cheese and bread were consumed while watching the action just yards away. Enjoy the images.

Pre-match procession

Ace, enjoying the action!

My Lovely Hostesses

Scoreboard, I still don't know the rules


Aerial Feats!

The guy actually missed the roof but not by much!

Even though I miss my friends and family back in the USA, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in the UAE. I have options and experiences to be had here that I may not have had back home. After all, you only go around once.