Author: Robert Broman

Farewell, Abu Dhabi

The past four months have gone very quickly and it’s hard to believe that I will be leaving Abu Dhabi in a few days. Before I reflect on the experience as a whole, let me fill you in on what we’ve been up to recently. We had a spring break back at the start of April. I traveled to France for a vacation, but I was never quite able to escape the Emirates! At the top of the Eiffel Tower, I was reminded that the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest structure in the world because there is...

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A Weekend in Oman

Last weekend, the three of us made a quick trip to the Sultanate of Oman. We flew into the capital, Muscat, late on Thursday night because our weekends in Abu Dhabi are on Friday and Saturday. We stayed at a bed and breakfast owned by a German guy, and he told us that it was absolutely necessary to rent a car. While all three of us have refused to get behind the wheel of a car in the Emirates due to the fact that most people drive like they are driving a race car, we determined that driving in...

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Settling in Nicely

12,000 people in the Middle East! This is crazy! These were the first words spoken by French DJ David Guetta last Friday night during his concert at Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi. Ian and I decided that it was part of our duty to research local culture to attend the concert, which was the biggest thing happening in Abu Dhabi last weekend, so we got tickets a few weeks ago. Twelve thousand people for a concert put on by a DJ is quite a large number, and the spectacular outdoor venue at Yas Arena had an electric atmosphere during...

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Ski Dubai

While it is certainly true that my skiing options this season took a significant hit with the decision to come to Abu Dhabi, it is not true that snow skiing is impossible in the Emirates! In Dubai, there is an indoor ski slope that is essentially a giant refrigerator turned into a ski slope. This place is called Ski Dubai, and it is located in a giant mall called Mall of the Emirates.

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Sand Golf

Ian and I did a pretty cool thing this afternoon: We played golf on a sand golf course called Al Ghazal. Sand golf is similar to the golf on grass that we’re familiar with, except that the course has been modified for arid climates. The putting surface is referred to as a brown instead of a green, and it is very important to sweep up your footprints to keep the browns in good shape.

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