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Greater Eid, Indeed.

!عيد مبارك
Eid Mubarak!

Happy Birthday Mom!

The mosque in the evening.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi, UAE

عيد الاضحى — “Festival of Sacrifice”

!عيد مبارك
Eid Mubarak!

Happy Eid al-Adha, the “festival of sacrifice” or “Greater Eid”.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sheikh Zayed: The Falconer

His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates.

ايد بن سلطان آل نهيان‎ز‎ سمو الشيخ
مؤسس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

And his falcons.

و صقوره

Pictures photographed are the property of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

Welcome to the Desert, Call Me Sir

Sir Bani Yas is not the name of a long lost Arabian Knight, nor of an Englishman hidden away in the caves of the Emirates’ Western Region. It is a sizable island 250 kilometers down the coast from Abu Dhabi, reachable only by boat, and just a short ferry ride off the one road to Saudi Arabia.

Check-in for the resort — it is (of course) a resort — is on the mainland, miles away from the 34 square miles of desert island that was once as barren as its neighborhood coastline. But in 1971, the late ruler and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, built a palace on a hilltop, imported his favorite African animals à la carte, and established the island as a national reserve. And that — as they say in these parts — was that.

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