Thursday, November 05, 2009

Images from Abu Dhabi

I just came back from a trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where I checked out the new Abu Dhabi Triathlon with its unique distance 3km swim, 200km bike and 20km run. Prize money for the event is $230,000 for the Pros and $20,000 for the amateurs ($1,000 for each age group winner.) Wow.

Below are a few images from the trip:

The Check-In counter at Etihad Airlines

I was very comfortable on the flight

Reading Trizophrenia by Jef Mallett on the trip

We stayed in the Shangri La hotel

The view over the pool

The Grand Mosque is just across the river

Returning from a run along the river

One night this car was parked in front of our hotel

We got to visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Beautiful from every angle indeed

As most of us wore shorts we were given a Kandura to wear

Stunning colors and artwork everywhere

Lots of Italian marble was used in the creation of the mosque

Our tour guide took us also to Heritage Village

James from 220 Triathlon in the UK makes a friend

The view from Heritage Village to modern Abu Dhabi and all its construction

The very luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel is quite a landmark

The swim course behind the Emirates Palace Hotel

Part of the race will be on this 5 Lane highway which will be shut down for the triathlon

Here is the run turnaround of the event

Amazing local food offerings

We also visited the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

A variety of feathers are available to repair broken wings

Putting this patient from Pakistan to sleep

A broken wing feather had caused imbalance

This Falcon is almost good to go

About 5 minutes after the operation the patient is good to go

With an Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital resident on my arm

The trip to Abu Dhabi was fantastic, but now it is time to go home


Anton said...

Thanks for the pics. The race looks and sounds interesting

Jenson Meyer said...

Wow, very impressive stuff. Sign me up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

Marcos Apene do Amaral-TriPhiloSophia said...

Pretty amazing experience, right?! Cheers, Marcos