Sunday, 31 May 2009

Abu Dhabi hots up

The temperature gauge in the UAE is hitting the high notes with mid-40s (Celsius) now being the norm. Unfortunately, this has also been accompanied by a sudden humidity hike and the reurn of the steaming glasses phenomenon. According to the met office these high temps have come much earlier in the year than previous years and the average monthly temperature is also higher.

A French wave has swept the capital city, Abu Dhabi, with Nicholas Sarkozy visiting last week, news of the establishment of a French naval base and a new art exhibition opening at the Emirates Palace as part of the Louvre developments.

The One has another of it's spectacular events - a 25% off everything sale. Naturally I took full advantage of this retail therapy on offer. The staff are always so friendly and helpful at the Khalidiya branch. It is a pleasure to shop in a place that is a veritable Aladin's cave and full of magical items. When you combine this with staff who are properly trained and knowledgeable it is easy to see why The One is a favourite amongst locals and expats alike.

All this excitement is happening while people are gearing up or down (depending on your final destination) for the annual summer vacation. This is a time when people leave the heat of the sands behind them and head on off for some much needed R & R. When I came to the UAE 6 years ago it was a veritable exodus and the streets and shops were noticeably empty. These days it is more subtle. With the economic downturn one also isn't sure if people are packing up for good or not. Removals companies report that they are fully booked alraedy! I'll be heading off to the southeast of England for a 10 day mini break.