Sunday, April 25, 2010
On Friday night the ADBB had a gig at The Club in Abu Dhabi. It was for their dinner dance and was attended by c.150 people. The Club is a private members club started by some British expats in the late ‘60s on land donated by the late Sheikh Zayed.
The gig went really well and featured our new logo’d stands. There were lots of people up dancing which was great. Our next gig is at the end of May (date to be finally confirmed) to be held in the auditorium of the ADMA-OPCO (Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company), an oil company here. This will be open for the general public so I’ll post more details later... you would be most welcome!
Here are some pics from Friday....
Amnesty International says UAE abused Indian prisoners
This story has been running for a while out here, but this Amnesty report sheds new light. I think it is safe to say that Amnesty are a pretty reputable organisation, with some pretty good lawyers, so I am sure they wouldn’t be putting this kind of information out if they didn’t have some solid evidence behind it.
So, if proven to be true, this is just disgusting and yet another example of the lack of justice available in this country - especially to expats.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Marriage licences would curb abuse, expert says
Haneen Dajani firstname.lastname@example.org
The National - News
22 Apr 2010
Marriage licences should be renewed every five years, and specialised trainers should give couples a test before they are allowed to get married, a professor and TV host said yesterday. Such steps would reduce the risk of women and children becoming...read more...
A good finding-'Men are soft on the inside'.
Western influences make other woman think that she is above man.
Mindset has to be changed through education and mass media.Behavioural sciences should be taught from school.The advantages to the society of a good family shall be taught.
What men mostly look [qualities]in a woman are:
--non-argumenting;but softly expressing views once the time comes[not at the height of an argument];views can be put in writing also,if talking is difficult in a situation.
--do not complain about parents or friends
--give some advance notice of requirements,so that man gets time to arrange
--do not look for perfection in men
--sms to remind functions/birthdays/parties
--arrange the food as per his liking
--take care of the children,including studies
--ask things as per family's allowable budgets
--do not push for loans to live luxury life
--talk nicely to his friends and relatives
Radha Krishna, Dubai
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
There were lots of military types there in their regalia and one of them proposed toasts to a) Sheikh Khalifa and b) The Queen , but asked out of respect to the local customs and traditions to use non-alcoholic drinks!
They had on display a restored Aston Martin DB5 that has been doing the road in Abu Dhabi over the last couple of weeks. It is definitely a beautiful car. I’m afraid my camera phone doesn’t do it justice.
All in all quite a good night.
Next gig Friday night at The Club.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In the marina I spotted the yacht below...
It is the Ecstasea owned by Roman Abramovich, or did his wife get it, I’m not sure! It’s number 24 on the list of world’s largest yachts.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Rental prices have softened in Abu Dhabi somewhat. There are many developments, on and off the main city island, that are now being completed. So, that together with the number of people that have moved to Dubai to take advantage of the massive drops there, has meant that the supply and demand balance has shifted slightly. Last year we paid 200k AED (c.£36k) for the annual rent on our 2 bedroom apartment. At the time this was not a bad price for the area, pretty average. When I discussed the price for the coming year with the building owner (bear in mind that there are about 70 flats in our building and this is probably not the only property he has - how rich must he be?), without any haggling on my part he offered us 150k AED. So that sounded better. Armed with this info I thought we should check out some other buildings around us, still close enough for Caz to walk to work, but that might have that most elusive of treasures in this part of town - a parking space! And guess what - we found one!
The map below shows where we are going......
It is the “Al Mansoori” building, named after the owner and his business, whose offices are also in the tower. It is still a 2 bedroom apartment, but it is bigger, with a full sized “Maid’s room” having it’s own en-suite, rather than the cupboard allocated to maids in our current block (not that we have a maid!), so you could pretty much call it a 3 bedroom. There is a swimming pool on the roof of the building and also a small gym. But the best thing is ... I will have an allocated, numbered, completely dedicated parking space in the underground car park! Yippee!! All-in with fees 174k AED + 4k deposit.
More for less. Bargain.
Roll on April 29th!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Mostly when we go back for a week, we end up going from pillar to post trying to catch up with as many people as we can, staying in various locations and spending the earth eating out with an assortment of kids. Nothing changed this time. Next time however, when we go back in August, we have booked a 5 bed cottage in the the country with an outdoor pool. So all the kids and hangers on can stay with us and if family and friends want to catch up - they can come and see us! We are going to have a BBQ/Pool party, so should be fun.
One day while out and about I took a few pics on my phone as a selection of things you just don’t see in Abu Dhabi, so here goes :-
A chimney pot......
A betting shop....
A letter box.....
Tesco (an old school high street one at that!).....
A 18th century pub....
A public showing of affection.....
A naked statue......
Maybe a prize if you can name the high street??