From the Iranian Souk we headed for the Heritage Village not after passing through the majestic Emirates Palace hotel. Like the Yas Viceroy hotel we literally drove pass the door steps and the hotel grounds. With Rolls Royce parked in-front of the hotel, you can guess what the room rates would be like. From the steps of the hotel, you’ll get a nice view of downtown Abu Dhabi.
Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi.
View from the lobby entrance overlooking downtown Abu Dhabi.
From Yas Marina Circuit, our driver took us to the Iranian Souk at the Mina Port Zayed after we did a short stop at Abu Dhabi vegetable & fruit market. As the name implies, you’ll find vegetable and fruits aplenty. They are mostly wholesalers but you’ll still find stalls that sell directly to consumers. You’ll also find plenty of shops that specifically sells only dates.
Abu Dhabi vegetable & fruit market. Nothing cultural here, just a market.
The varieties of fruits sold here.
The specialty dates shops. Choose the variety and what your wallet fancy.
A 5 minutes drive from the vegetable & fruit market, you’ll reach the Iranian Souk. Here you’ll find almost everything under the sun for your household need. From firewood to pots to lawn chairs. Originally most of the products sold here come from Iran and neighboring countries but many Chinese made products are also available.
Where you’ll find anything you require for your household needs.
Rolling pin, baking pan, kitchen mortar and pestle, ladle and what not.
Silver kettle, golden kettle, multi colored kettle, tea pots, food containers ….
Plates, pots, water coolers ……
You know what this is.
Ali Baba & the 8 thieves.
Grille and more grilles. Throw your leftovers in the bins behind.
Big pots, small pots, rattan basket, plastic chairs ……
Being an ardent fan of Ferrari and F1, our next itinerary will be a visit to Ferrari World located on Yas Island. Unfortunately, as we arrived we were told by traffic police all roads leading to Ferrari World are closed and they too are not sure when it will be opened. All tourist buses, public and private vehicles were diverted to a parking lot to wait. It is here our driver learned that some dignitary or royalty or celebrity was at Ferrari World and they have Ferrari World all to themselves.
What inconsiderate fellas to have this privilege as we have flown half way around the world to be here at this specific day and time just to be turned away. What a waste of time and money. Sighhhh. We understand that there were no prior notice issued of the closure as locals were unaware of it too. We did not wait as we have other attractions to visit. And no, we did not return the next day as we will be flying home.
About as close as we can get to Ferrari World. Closed for some private visitor. No notice given.
Petrol car blocking the road.
Since the Yas Marina F1 Circuit is within the vicinity, our driver took us around before we leave for our next location of interest. From outside the circuit, we can clearly see the exclusive Yas Viceroy Hotel which has part of the F1 circuit running under the hotel building.
Yas Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi from a distance.
Yas Viceroy Hotel up close ….. at the door steps. At night it will be lighted up with changing colors.
Exterior of Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
Another exterior section of Yas Marina F1 Circuit.