Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter in Abu Dhabi

Christmas decoration in front of Lulu Hypermarket in Al Wahda Mall

In front of Al Wahda Shopping Mall
i In front of the Malaysian embassy in UAE, Abu Dhabi.

Scene outside the Malaysian embassy during the Hari Raya Haji open house gathering.

Giant UAE flag raised up at Al Wahda Mall for the UAE National Day celebration.

Raining in Reem Island, Abu Dhabi

Time passed really fast...have spent more than 5 months in the Emirates.Winter had arrived in Abu Dhabi and it will my first winter experience in my lifetime.Before winter, rain started to fall after more than 4 months without rain and it happened immediately after the sand storm.It was really a relief to see rainfall unlike in Malaysia which is we can experience almost every month.Many sports events in Abu Dhabi was postponed due to the unexpected rainfall and some parts of Abu Dhabi roads was even flooded.

On 2nd December 2008, UAE celebrated their 37th independence day and many major shopping centre here organised special events to commemorate the occasion.In Al Wahda Mall which is within walking distance from my villa,the mall organised traditional dance show to mark the event.Streets were decorated with colourful lightings and there was a fireworks display on the eve of the national day.

Hari Raya Haji which also falls within the same week is a big occasion here.The government offices was closed for more than a week to mark the occasion. Attended the Malaysian Embassy open house last Friday and it was great to interact with so many Malaysian working here.Some came as far as Dubai to enjoy the Malaysian food here like the bungkus nasi lemak and sateh which they missed dearly. Christmas is around the corner and many Shopping Mall have put up decorations to light up the occasion.