For a month now I’ve been wondering what the hell is going on at the Abu Dhabi Corniche breakwater, located right opposite my building. Excavation, digging, dredging – you name it… But why on earth go through all this trouble when the beach, only recently renovated, was looking pristine?
Well, today I decided to do some investigation over the web and I guess I finally got my answer…
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has appointed Tourism Development & Investiment Company (TDIC) to manage the development of a 55,000 square meter (approximately the size of eight football fields)
which will host the fleet, competitors and fans of the Volvo Ocean Race. Destination Village
Besides all of structure dedicated to the race itself, the village will also put together a series of activities and entertainment dedicated to the public. From December 30, 2011, to January 12, 2012, visitors will enjoy exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones and much more.
A part of me is a bit annoyed by all this. Unfortunately, events here at the Corniche usually mean loud music, bad traffic and lots of people. Not sure if I am looking forward to that.
On the other hand, this will be THE PLACE to be and they are promising a sensational New Year’s Eve celebration. Guess I can look forward to, at least, a decent firework display right outside my window…
Bring it on!!!!!
The world’s premier global race and the ultimate mix of world class sporting, competition, adventure, glamour, drama and endurance, starts in
Alicante, Spain, on October 2011 and ends in in early July 2012. Galway, Ireland
Teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles via
Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon and . Lorient