Let’s start this blog post by saying that we don’t follow the Formula 1, but having lived in the Emirates for a number of years now, the Abu Dhabi GP was something that we wanted to experience at least once. The race which is held annually on the Yas Marina Circuit is arguably the biggest sporting event held in the UAE with over 60,000 spectators taking to Yas Island each year to experience the final race of the Formula 1 season.

When you think of the United Arab Emirates you generally tend to think of the glitz & glamour of Dubai & there is no greater symbol of this than the Burj Khalifa – currently the tallest building in the world, towering 828m over the desert landscape below…

…Despite this I want to explore the architectural wonders of the capital city Abu Dhabi. I think my interest in architecture stems from being driven through London as a child & marveling at the scale and scope of the man-made structures surrounding me – fast forward thirty years and here we are in the Middle East exploring Abu Dhabi!¬†Each time that I visit the capital I am astounded by the architecture on display, and have devised a driving tour that takes in all of these amazing buildings in one simple route.