23 Dec. 2018
This week it will be 4 months since I arrived in the UAE. What a time it has been!
Looking back on my time in Abu Dhabi, I know that I’ve been blessed and for that I can only give God all the glory. He has helped me to push through the hard days and His grace helped me to slide through the less tough times. He taught me to keep my head held high, to work hard in a new country with an unfamiliar environment and colleagues with different cultural backgrounds. I am grateful to know that I grew as a teacher, as an expat in the UAE and most important of all, I’ve grown as a Christian.
Since coming here, I knew that I will have a lot of free time on my hands, especially after school at night time, thus it was every important for me to, from the start, use that time every day to spend with the Lord. Walking this path of my life alone, I learned that time is precious and that I get to decide how I want to spend it as a young, single woman; on useless things, series and games, or on things of more worth. This lesson I also had to learn myself throughout the years. So I don’t like to go out a lot, especially at night, but Marguerite and I went out on National Day in December, the biggest national celebration in the UAE. It was my first day of exploring in the 4 months and it was an amazing day.
First we went to the Observation deck in Abu Dhabi. It is located on level 74 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. The Observation Deck at 300 is the highest vantage point in Abu Dhabi where visitors can soak in the uninterrupted birds-eye perspective of the city’s skyline, the Corniche (beach), and Arabian Gulf. We took some photos and enjoyed a coffee at the café which is known for its afternoon tea. It offers tea blends or freshly ground coffee along with sweet and savoury treats. All the while we could enjoy the panoramic views from Tower 2 at 300 meters above the nation’s capital.
After the beautiful deck views, we joined more friends at the iconic Abu Dhabi Louvre. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World that translates the spirit of openness of cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District, the art-lovers dream displays the works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from ancient times to the contemporary era.
Water laps at the base of the stone platform, flowing beneath the canopy in reflecting pools that cool the air and bounce more ripples of light back into the space. Architects are fond of talking of painting with light, but here it rings true. The combined effect is mesmerising. As a “universal museum for the 21st century”, the galleries take visitors on a global journey through 12 chapters, arranged chronologically from prehistory to the present day – a radical hang that is intended to reveal common threads between different cultures and regions throughout the ages.
As Jean Nouvel, the French architect of the Louvre said: “It is conceived as something between an Arab medina and a Greek agora – a place to meet and talk about art and life in a context of total serenity.”
It’s been a good (National) day!