#GoodbyeUAE- A view I wouldn’t trade anything for…

Hi Guys! Welcome back!! This post is going be on something special to me and close to my heart. It will be part of the #GoodbyeUAE series and yet again, will be about one of the many things I deeply miss about the UAE, which is the breath taking view we got from our balcony.

As our balcony was L-shaped, we partly got the city view too…

the city view…

World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi (WTCAD), consists of the two skyscrapers in the pic above. The one on the left side of the pic is Abu Dhabi’s tallest building.

We resided in the area locally known as Corniche, opposite the beach. Waking up and seeing the deep blue and vast sea as the first thing each morning gave me positive vibes I could carry with me throughout the day!

Pre covid, when we used to attend face to face classes at school, I had to wake up at 5:15am everyday as the school bus came to our stop at 6:45am (yep, I was quite slow in getting ready for school in the mornings…😁). We’d reach school at around 7:45am and classes started at 8am. I thoroughly enjoyed school and especially the bus rides, thanks to my besties (you know who you are😉). Classes finished at 2:30pm and we reached home in the afternoon at 3:45pm.

It was in Abu Dhabi that I went to school by bus for the first time. At times, the schedule made it tiring for me (especially Wednesdays, as I feel it’s nowhere near the start or end of the working days of the week😄) . On those days, having lunch in the extended dining area of the kitchen, chatting away with my mom and telling her how my day was, I’d be staring outside the window, gazing at the sea which would be glittering and shining bright in silver. This brought back my lost energy and made me feel rejuvenated and I’d be ready to head over to one of my besties’ house to pick her up and go to the Corniche Family Park (which was my favourite part of the day).

the sea glittering in the afternoon…

In May 2018, we first landed in Dubai, and reached Abu Dhabi by car. We were accommodated in a hotel for ten days and initially stayed put in another apartment in Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, for around 3 months. In these 3 months we were in the process of house hunting and visited numerous apartments and finally came by this house. The moment we entered this house and saw the beautiful view, we decided that this was the one we’d been looking for all along, without exploring the house further.

Although we hoped that the apartment would have a swimming pool, this one didn’t, but we decided that the view made up for it!

this is how Corniche looked like when it rained…

I know it sounds crazy, but it took me a year to actually realise that we could watch the sunset from our balcony. It’s just that everyday I was down in the park along with my friends as I mentioned above, so I just never got the opportunity to see the sunset with my own eyes till then.

As I was always indoors during the Covid-19 Pandemic, I then finally figured out we could see the sunset from our place. And this is when my love for clicking pics of the sunset began. I’d spend around half an hour everyday waiting in our drawing room for the different stages of the sunset to begin. This slowly turned into habit and a new hobby or passion as I started to wait for this moment the whole day. Everyday the sky would be of a different shade, depending on which the appearance of the sea would change too. Also, the sun would change its position almost every few days. Due to these factors, I felt I should capture the view of the sunset every single day, as each day, it was a new sight to behold.

The sun positioned exactly on the tip of Fairmont Marina Hotel, Abu Dhabi…

change in the sun’s position…

I used to get delighted whenever the sun completed a full cycle of changing its position during sunsets and began with it all over again. Thanks to this routine of mine, more than half of the storage in my mom’s phone had been exhausted!! 😅

sunset behind Abu Dhabi’s majestic Presidential Palace- Qasr Al Watan…

Qasr Al Watan…

In the slideshow below, the sun hiding behind the clouds creates such a stunning view as it slowly sets in the evening…

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I remember I couldn’t stop clicking photos of the deep orange sky after sunset as seen in both the clicks below, which resulted in me getting late for dinner🙄…

The view of Corniche often felt like a canvas sheet to me, with a new look and colour painted on the sky, each day!!

On some days in April, we used to wake up seeing an overcast of morning fog, which disappeared after sometime. I used to set the phone to record a time-lapse video of the fog slowly drifting away (even for the sunset in the evenings as I was obsessed with it, which you guys would’ve found out by now☺️).

morning fog seen from our balcony…

the moon still visible at 05:55am in the morning…

While my parents would have their morning cup of coffee on weekends on the arm chairs seated opposite each other, my dad would often mention that he felt like travelling in the Swiss Rail with panoramic view (that we travelled in years back when I was a kid).

Here’s a panoramic view of Corniche…

During UAE National Day on December 2 annually, there would be an amazing air show taking place in the day time, followed by fireworks in the evening. In the pandemic years, instead of the spectacular traditional air show, there was a paragliding display.

On the 31st of December every year, by 11:55pm, all the residents in the apartments opposite Corniche would be ready in their balcony to welcome the new year, as the fireworks would start exactly at 12am on New Years’ Eve!! We’d be ready with our cameras and my dad with his videocam, irrespective of how sleepy we would be😉.

I’ve done a post each on UAE National Day and New Years’ Eve, so I’ll attach the links below for you guys to check them out if you’re interested. I was still quite new to blogging so kindly don’t mind my childish writings in those posts!

There’s no particular reason for which I always said I wouldn’t trade this view for anything. It’s just that I feel the view is “oh! so beautiful” and having a look at the clear blue waters has often helped my cluttered mind get some clear thoughts. I feel blessed to have had such a magnificent view😊.

While choosing pics of Corniche for this write-up I felt each one looked unique and was having a tough time selecting from the hundreds I had captured, as I didn’t want to bore you folks (and I hope I haven’t!😉) and make this post too long.

That’s all for this post!! Hope you enjoyed it. What’s a special view you’d never trade for anything and what’s your favourite photo from this post?! Let me know in the comments!

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