Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Driving in the UAE Part II: also a pleasure

As I often say, everything in life has two sides to it. Yes, it can be crazy to drive in Abu Dhabi, but this passion that the locals have for cars and speed can also be a positive thing.

For starters, I get to drive alongside Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and all other sorts of luxury brands. Not too shabby!

Plus, I get to see some of the massive investments they’ve made in order to bring their passion to life here in Abu Dhabi: build the Yas Marina Circuit to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix and create the first and largest indoor Ferrari theme park.

Actually, the city is currently bustling because of these two events.

The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, with over 20 attractions, will open its doors tomorrow, November 4, and the 2010 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place ten days later, on November 14.

Since October 12 Abu Dhabi has been stage to a big initiative called Yasalam 2010 (WOW 2010), put together to celebrate and build excitement for the F1 and three main concerts that will take place at Yas Island: Kanye West, Linkin Park and Prince.

Concerts, movie nights on the beach, photo exhibitions and many other events are happening all over the city, including the Abu Dhabi Corniche, opposite to where I live. Take a look…

A Brazilian parade is scheduled for Friday night. Can’t help but wonder about the girls’ costumes...

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