We are currently enjoying the (not so often) long weekend in the UAE, courtesy of the 41st UAE National Day. We had an advance celebration in the office few days ago which was very festive. They served traditional Emirati food for breakfast and lunch, offered henna tattoo (you may check this post to see how intricate the designs are), had some fun contests, and more of the interesting ice breakers from work. I am relieved though that there was no related requirement to be properly dressed for the celebration, otherwise I could have had easily qualified amongst the underdressed having only a UAE bracelet and brooch as my ‘costume’. Even the flowers in the office were synched to the UAE colors.
While there is plenty of marketing gimmicks, one of the interesting finds is the camel burger which Grand Central offers for a limited time (only until 3rd December or until supplies last). This burger joint in Muroor (Abu Dhabi) offers good quality organic burgers in town. The burgers’ wrappers are color coded (yellow= chicken, red = beef, green = veggies) and the newest (limited) color black = camel. A marketing strategy to complete the UAE colors. Too bad that we were done with our orders when we learned the promotion the other day.
We hope to drop by later for the camel burger. We dropped by before proceeding to this evening’s mass and the camel burger tasted so good, almost beef-like.
We drove along Corniche yesterday (a day before the UAE National day) to check the festivities. The air has been literally filled with red, green, black and white. I regret that I did not bring a proper camera with me.
Here is one of the cars prepping up for today’s big parade (in Yas Island). The winner gets a generous AED 100,000 prize (US$27,221 approximately).
I like the simplicity of this entry. Here is the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE.
Here is Google’s tribute.The doodle features four falcons, each of which is carrying a banner which together make up the UAE flag. The second “o” in the word Google is depicted as one of the ancient tombs found on Umm Al Nar, a small island off the coast of Abu Dhabi which today is the site of an oil refinery.