Weekend in Dubai

I’ve been wanting to spend a weekend in Dubai since my first trip in September.  The races leading up to the Dubai World Cup gave me the perfect excuse.  We went to the races on Thursday evening and then enjoyed a wonderful Spanish brunch at Salero in Kempenski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates.  Then we walked it off at Global Village.

A day at the races…
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Beautiful entrance to Meydan Racecourse


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Horses entering the parade ring before the race


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Brunch at Salero…

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Salero at Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates


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Global Village…
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It’s Christmas!

Abu Dhabi City

December 25, 2015

Dear Reader,

It’s Christmas Day!  I am just amazed to be spending Christmas away from my family and yet still be happy.  I was afraid I would be sad and homesick.  But God has blessed me with wonderful new friends to share this day. And Abu Dhabi is not short on festivity.

As I enjoyed this Christmas morning, I reflected on what a difference a year makes!  There I sat, in my lovely city apartment, enjoying my African coffee, which I bought in Uganda just weeks ago.  It was definitely a pinch me moment.

Then, I donned my gay apparel and joined my friends for a festive holiday brunch.  We were greeted with mulled wine and dined on goose, lobster, salmon, chestnuts, pate, and many other delicacies, while the live band performed Christmas favorites. It was the second best thing to Christmas dinner with my family.

I hope your Christmas is equally blessed. Merry Holidays and Christmas Mubarak from Abu Dhabi!

Fondly,
Maxima

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Waiting for my friends to arrive

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Christmas goose with chestnuts

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Salmon with chanterelle sauce

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Mulled wine

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The elves come bearing festive beverages