November 11, 2014
Looks like a river, doesn’t it? It’s really a channel of the Persian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. The city is set on a series of islands, sand bars really, now stabilized. This view is the beach in front of the Beach Rotana hotel, where I stayed recently as a member of an external review team considering the re-licensure of New York University Abu Dhabi. It’s hard to believe that the ocean that’s close at hand to us here in Maine is the same ocean that laps around Abu Dhabi.
The building across the channel, by the way, is an outpost of the Cleveland Clinic, no doubt well subsidized by the Abu Dhabi government to maintain a first-class medical presence in the Emirate.