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We went from Zagreb , had a layower in Belgrade and then Abu Dhabi.
It was around 9 PM when we got to Abu Dhabi. We have passed customs control, they scanned our eyeballs and we went to get our luggage .
When the exit doors opened I thought I would die. We were hit by the heat, I never felt so hot.
My T-shirt was wet in a minute. It was like 39 degrees.
I expected the heat but this is something else, lot of humidity and high temperature.
Very unusual. We have in summer 35-38 but it doesn’t felt like that.
And it was night, during the day the temperatures went to 47-48 degrees.
The girl from Big Bus told us that in July they had 56 degrees. OMG, I can’t even imagine.
We wanted to take the bus to get to our hotel, we were situated on Yas Island, but there was no bus going there. And I have checked that on the internet and there should be a bus, but there wasn’t.
I learned that most information in internet about transport in Abu Dhabi is not really correct.
When we were looking for a bus, we found the machine that sells Hafilat card.
Hafilat – which means ‘buses’ in Arabic – is a pre-paid card that allows you to travel on public buses.
Temporary cards cost AED 5 and have a validity of 14 days.
These cards are issued at the main bus stations, a few shopping malls and the airport.
This is the best card for tourists.
We wanted to buy a card but the machine didn’t want to take our paper money – something was wrong with it.
Then a man approached us and asked if we need help. He bought us the card with coins and we gave him paper money. He was very nice and helpful.
Then we started to look for the bus and couldn’t find it. The second man came to us and asked us if we need help and he called the station and asked about the bus to Yas Island and it happened that there is no bus going from Airport to Yas.
I’m not sure if that it because we were out of the season there. I did find on the Internet that there is a bus, but there wasn’t.
We had to take a Taxi. He took us to our hotel and we checked in. Radisson Blue Yas Island.
In my next post I will write a little about the hotel.
It was late so we just took a walk around the hotel and then went to our room to take a much needed shower and sleep.
So, let’s start writing. I’ve been away for a while but now I’m back.
This summer I spend in UAE – United Arab Emirates.
As it happened my husband won a prize – a trip to Abu Dhabi with return plane tickets and 5 night stay at the Raddison Blue hotel + tickets for 2 Theme parks.
Everything for 2 person.
What happiness that was!! First we didn’t belive it, than we were very excited.
We had a lot of time to plan everything . The organizer was so kind they gave was to choose the travel dates so we could stay a few days longer and visit Dubai also.
It’s was great because our friend is living in Dubai and it was a chance to see her again.
All together we spend 12 days in UAE. 6 in Abu Dhabi and 6 in Dubai.
It was a new dimension for me, first time in such a different culture.