2015 – Abu Dhabi

We returned to Abu Dhabi in October 2015 – this is becoming a habit – staying three nights at the Holiday Inn Downtown, then three nights at the Crowne Plaza.

In each hotel we were upgraded – due to my (sadly, soon to expire) ‘Platinum’ IHG status.

Our room at the Holiday Inn Downtown had been recently refurbished , I think we were the first in there.

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I know it’s geeky, but I liked the power points at the bedside for charging iPads, iPhones and so on.


The view from our room over ‘downtown’ was interesting.


And we enjoyed a few drinks in town at The Captains Arms

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After a few nights in the Holiday Inn we went to the Crowne Plaza on Yas Island, our room was suitably lavish.

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with dramatic views across the mangroves

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even at night

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The Crowne Plaza is home to Abu Dhabi’s longest bar:

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And hosts an excellent Friday brunch, featuring seafood:

Seafood Bar

Seafood Bar


Freshly made Sushi

Fresh Sushi

Fresh Sushi

Roast Rib of Beef

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Seafood curry and soft-shell crab

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And some rather good oysters, served (of course) with a Bloody Mary

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Friday Brunch

The last photo of Gaz and Val together. Happier times.

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon?