1001 Nights

One cannot help but think of Princess Scheherazade’s fantasy tales of 1001 Nights when gliding into the frankincense dusted world of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Sprawling along the pearl white Arabian Sea shore, this magnificent structure featuring shimmering blue mosaic domes, arched facades and cooling fountains looks like a transplant from Arabia’s…

Yasalam

Yasalam translates to the English equivalent of “Awesome,” which describes best the current beat and spirit of Abu Dhabi. Preceding the Formula 1 race this weekend, the city has brought in multicultural music acts heating up the crowds frequenting the gardens and sidewalks along the gorgeous corniche. But even without the Formula 1 race, Abu…

Arabian Pearl

It has been fifteen years since I have called this lustrous Arabian Pearl my home. Feeling the soft powder white sand between my toes again after so many years, I looked at the brand new skyline of this desert metropolis skirting the blue Arabian Gulf. Glass buildings that dominated a modern skyline back then are…