Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some tips for the Colorado fans...

After the glorious performance of my team – Flamengo – last year, I was really hoping to see the players in Abu Dhabi for the FIFA Club World Cup. But, after so many not-so-great-developments over the course of 2010, I guess the fact that they didn’t make it isn’t really a surprise…
So, I decided to root for SC Internacional (the famous Colorado), the Brazilian team to make it all the way to the United Arab Emirates and who will be playing its first match on Tuesday, December 14, against TP Mazembe Englebert of Congo.
The team is already in the UAE and the fans are starting to arrive. Actually, I  got a few messages asking for some tips on what to do around here. Well, here are a few suggestions for all the Colorado fans who will be making it to the UAE:
Abu Dhabi
-    For a luxurious stay, try the Emirates Palace ( or the Yas Hotel (

-  For a more affordable stay, try the Hilton, Meridien, Intercontinental or the Holiday Inn.

- For a different experience, try the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort (, located in the middle of Liwa Desert, with several activities for its guests, including camel rides through the dunes.
 Al Fanar (Le Royal Meridien) is a revolving restaurant with a wonderful view of Abu Dhabi. Make a reservation for the Friday brunch!
 Fishmarket (Intercontinental Hotel) is a seafood restaurant where you can choose your fish as if in a local market. Fresh!
 Vasco's (Hilton Abu Dhabi) is an international restaurant where you will find a little bit of everything. This time of the year, with low temperatures, try the outdoor terrace.
 Marakesh (Millenium Hotel) is a Moroccan restaurant with excellent food, live music and bellydancing.
 Prego's (Beach Rotana Hotel) is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. You can also buy Italian products such as olive oil and pasta.
 Relax@12 (Aloft Hotel) is a trendy bar located on the rooftop of Aloft Hotel. Stop by at 5pm to watch the sunset and have a few drinks before dinner.
The Shangri-la Hotel Qaryat Al Beri also has several restaurants, such as the acclaimed Bord Eau (Francês) and Hoi An (Vietnamita).
-    Emirates Palace
Step in to visit the hotel grounds of the most luxurious hotel in Abu Dhabi and also to check-out the permanent exhibition on Saadiyat Island – a new island currently under construction which will have a Cultural District (home to the Louvre, the Guggenheim and several other museums).

-    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This fabulous Mosque is open to visitors of all nationalities. Take the complimentary guided tour (usually 10am, 11am and 5pm every day of the week except for Friday) and learn about the spirit of Islam.

-    Yas Marina Circuit
Stage of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix. Several events are held here throughout the year, so check the schedule ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss out on anything!

-    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest of its kind, with over 20 attractions.


If you go to Dubai, I suggest the Big Bus Tours (, which will take you all around and show you the main points in the city. Then you can choose the best ones and go back to them if you have time.
You can also try the Dubai Mall, one of the many shopping malls in Dubai. This one has an indoor aquarium and access to the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. If you intend to visit the Burj Khalifa, do make a reservation online ahead of time (
Another alternative is to try the one and only indoor ski at the Mall of the Emirates
Now, an overall reminder: This is a Muslim country and some attitudes or behaviors will not be tolerated here. So, to be on the safe side, remember to dress appropriately, check where you can consume alcoholic beverages and act respectfully.


    li "Uma carioca no país da burca" (O Globo, 11/12/10) e gostaria de parabenizá-la pela iniciativa. Minha filha, genro e 2 netas moram em Abu Dhabi à um ano e estive lá durante o mês de abril com meu outro filho, este solteiro. Ao voltar, criei em algumas comunidades ambientais do Orkut o tópico UM OUTRO MUNDO, falando sobre os Emirados.
    Já pensou em traduzir para o português o seu blog ?
    Um abraço e
    Feliz Natal.

  2. José Luiz, que legal receber a sua mensagem e saber que também tem um pézinho aqui em Abu Dhabi.

    Adorei também saber da sua iniciativa no Orkut. Vou tentar dar uma olhadinha, embora seja complicado porque o Orkut é banido pelas bandas de cá.

    Comecei a escrever o blog em inglês para que ele pudesse ter uma abrangência maior, mas quem sabe no futuro eu não começo a postar em português também? Vou manter a sugestão em mente...

    Feliz Natal para você e sua família!

  3. Mari: muito boa sua entrevista. Gostei muito também da foto, mas vc é muito mais bonita ao vivo. Um abraço no Eric e um grande beijo em você dos tios Aninha e Rui.
    PS: já estamos com saudades de vocês...