I travelled to Abu Dhabi and India on business from May 24th through June 9th, 2001. Here are some pictures I took in Abu Dhabi. The pictures of India can be found at India Pictures.
The Abu Dhabi airport had this cool structure, where a column on the ground floor duty-free shopping area rose to become the ceiling of the waiting area above it. Here are three pictures of that.
I stayed at the Abu Dhabi Hilton, which was very nice. Here are two pictures of my room.
Facing the door
Facing the window
Here is a shot from the back of the hotel.
Looking out from the rear of the hotel
I had a nice view from my room. Here are two shots of Abu Dhabi from my room.
Looking out the main window up The Corniche
Looking out the side window across The Corniche
The hotel also had some interesting touches. Here is a little bridge than ran behind some gift shops.
Bridge in hotel
The Corniche is an area that runs along the Persian Gulf. Corniche Road runs along this area, and I stopped at a small parking area there and took some pictures. The photos are from down The Corniche going against traffic.
Looking down The Corniche
World's smallest beach?
Boat on the Gulf
Looking up The Corniche
The Hilton has it's own section of beach on the Persian Gulf. There is a tunnel with murals that runs to the beach area under Corniche Road. Here are three photos of the tunnel.
Entrance to the tunnel
In the middle of the tunnel
At the beach end of the tunnel
Here are three photos of the beach.
Looking out from the back of the beach
Looking toward the sunset
The Persian Gulf and its skyline
Here are two photos of people strolling along the beach.
Alyssa would love this place. By the beach are pools, and one pool has a small waterslide. Here is a photo of the waterslide.
Etisalat is the company I worked with in Abu Dhabi. It is much bigger than I thought it would be. I assumed it was like 4Anything -- only a few people. In fact, it is the United Arab Emirate's phone/wireless/Internet company, with some 8000 people. Here are three shots of the front of the building I worked in.
Above the front door
All the way to the top
Here is one shot of the rear of the building I worked in, with Etisalat's main building in the reflection.
Rear with reflection
Here is a shot of Etisalat's main building, distinctive because of the large ball on its top.
There is a small shopping mall near Etisalat. It has some very cool architecture. I took pictures of a cool sculpture that runs up into a skylight. These two photos are from the first floor.
Sculpture and skylight
These two photos are from the second floor.
There is a large marina they are building out on a man-made breakwater in the Persian Gulf. There is a mall and restaurant there, too, and I got some pictures of those. Here are ten shots of the mall.
Marina Mall outside (I don't know why it's a bad shot)
Rock column, ground floor
Rock column, upper floor
The circus ceiling
Jungle dome medium
Jungle dome close up
The marina and city
The marina and my hotel (second building from the left)
The marina is still under construction, but it has some nice views. Here are eight pictures of the marina, shot from the roof of a building.
Marina panorama #1
Marina panorama #2
Marina panorama #3
Marina panorama #4
Marina panorama #5
Marina panorama #6
Marina panorama #7
The marina also had a little playground that Alyssa might have liked. Here are two pictures of that.
Playground from roof
Playground from ground
Sheik Zayed is the leader of the United Arab Emirates, and by all accounts a pretty good one. There are pictures of him all over Abu Dhabi, including one on that funky car above. There is also this large mural wall near my hotel that I thought was cool, so I took some photos of that. Here are two photos of the mural.
From across the street
There is also this cool castle-like sign next to the mural. Here is a picture of that.
Finally, here is one photo of the mural and castle sign from my hotel.
Mural and castle sign