Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas time in the UAE?

I got back to Abu Dhabi yesterday, after two weeks away in Brazil. With nothing in the fridge, my husband and I decided to go out for a late lunch before stopping at the grocery store to get some essentials.

Funny thing though was the soundtrack to our afternoon. We ate and shopped listening to Christmas songs. All I want for Christmas is you, Deck the Halls, White Christmas, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Here comes Santa Claus, Silent Night, Jingle Bells – the whole repertoire!

Don’t get me wrong. I loooove this time of the year and Christmas songs make me all chirpy and warm inside. I guess the whole thing reminds me of my time in the US: the Thanksgiving turkey was not even totally digested and the Christmas spirit was already everywhere. Pretty standard procedure there. But you have to agree with me that the UAE is not the kind of place you would expect to hear Christmas songs 24/7.

Although I am thousands of miles away from my family and friends and I always have to pray December 25 falls on a Friday or Saturday so I don’t have to work (Christmas is not a holiday here), I still find it pleasant to spend Christmas here.

It’s fun to watch the expats walk around in a different ‘radio frequency’, humming and dancing as they decide on which Christmas decorations to get for the house or as they start their annual Christmas shopping marathon.

I also enjoy looking around for different versions of Christmas in the UAE. Yesterday, for example, I was able to find one: Christmas cards and decorations with camels instead of reindeers! Is this cool or what?




Don’t worry… I’ll keep my eyes open for more. Meanwhile, ho, ho, ho to you!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Mariana, Uma dica ou duas para um dia que tenho livre em Dubai. Será um domingo, depois de ter visto meu time, o Inter, ganhar da Inter (da Milano). Li sobre o teu blog n´O Globo, acho que dicas turísticas turbinarão o blog. abs gauchos, Paulo

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  2. Oi Paulo,
    Legal que veio conferir o blog. Com certeza vou colocar mais dicas turísticas por aqui. Mas, enquanto isso, aqui vai uma especialmente pra você no seu dia livre em Dubai. Sugiro pegar o Big Bus Tour. É um ônibus que vai te levar a vários lugares e você conseguirá ter uma visão geral de Dubai e seus principais pontos. Depois, basta escolher o preferido e retornar com mais calma se tiver tempo. O site é: http://www.bigbustours.com/eng/dubai/custompage.aspx?id=dubai_sightseeing_tour&gclid=
    Você também pode passar o dia no Dubai Mall, um dos mais novos shoppings de Dubai onde você poderá ter acesso ao Burj Khalifa (o mais alto prédio do mundo) e também fazer uma visita a um aquário dentro do próprio shopping. Isso sem falar nas compras!
    Olha, se for visitar o Burj Khalifa, sugiro fazer uma reserva antecipada pela internet (http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/).
    Boa sorte pro Inter!

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