Carlos Melia: Seven Hours in Dubai
My connection in Abu Dhabi with ETIHAD Airways was of 7 hours, so my options where. either to stay at the airport and enjoy the fantastic ETIHAD Business Class Lounge, or go an explore Abu Dhabi for the first time… of course you I chose the second one. I did my research, and with either of my passports Italian/Argentinean, VISA to enter the UAE was not required. So I decided to spend my connection time exploring the destination. For more insight on my Abu Dhabi experience check out my Instagram Photo Gallery on my recent visit.
Thanks to the help of the Tourism Office of Abu Dhabi and the professional services of Arabian Adventures, a luxury tour operator servicing not only the UAE but also Qatar, Bahrain, and the upcoming destination of Oman, I managed to discover for the first time, the capital of the the United Arab Emirates. As I arrived, since I was flying Business Class, I was given a FAST TRACK card which go me out of the airport in less than 20 minutes. My luggage was checked in all the way through so, I didn’t have to worry about that. As I walked out of immigration, my lovely guide for the day Odette, and my driver with a luxury card were both waiting for me with a sign under my name, and off we went to explore Abu Dhabi,
First obligated stop, was the incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Considered to be the key for worship in the country. A structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the historical and modern values of architecture and art. The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture.
This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.