Given I'm getting ready for a trip later this year back to the wonderful Abu Dhabi, a little set from off one of my 2010 trips out to the United Arab Emirates, I'd just at this point started getting into photography and for the first time taken a dslr on a trip.
We had been staying at our friends home, just round the corner from the Shangri La Hotel, every time we left the house we could see this stunning view.
This place is massive, built to hold 41,000 worshippers, when you see gold on the photographs it is gold, 24 carat gold.
I popped round early afternoon to avoid crowds and bake myself alive in the sun, fortunately the long perfectly white corridors in the mosque provided a hiding place from the unrelenting sun.
I'm not an overly religious person, but this place just blew me away, how spotless it was, the sheer size of the place and its style and beauty.
So if your in the area, well worth a bimble in a modern building with total wow factor - I just need to get a new passport now and I'm off for a return trip with my improved camera practice.