The first half of day Twenty Two was spent in United Arab Emirates’ capital and second largest city, Abu Dhabi. Rather than taking a taxi to the capital, we opted for a cheaper alternative and took the public bus that dropped us off at the Abu Dhabi bus terminal in under 2 hours. We then made our way to the largest mosque in the UAE – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This stunning place of worship can accommodate over 40,000 people and has many extravagant and impressive elements such as the world’s largest carpet that occupies the main prayer hall, chandeliers that incorporates millions of Swarovshi crystals and columns made of marble inlaid with mother of pearl.
We had time to spare before our lunch reservation at Mezlai, so we made our way to Capital Gate, one of the tallest building in the city and the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower. We relaxed at the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel bar with a cocktail and a magazine and then made our way to the Emirates Palace, for lunch at Mezlai.
It was too hot to spend any time outside, so we decided to retire back to Dubai and do some window shopping at the Mall of Emirates. The mall is home to over 500 international brands, a multiplex cinema, hotels and Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai. You can easily spend hours inside this mall and even enjoy a unique opportunity to ski or snowboard in the middle of the desert.
Although there were plenty of options at the Mall of Emirates, it was clearly not sale season so things were rather expensive. I behaved myself and managed to avoid any damage to my credit card.