Norwegian in Abu Dhabi

May 17 is National Day in Norway, and what better way to begin than with a hearty breakfast? Words, and scrambled eggs Discuss this article

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Frode Jorgensen

‘It’s been exactly two years and one month since I moved here. This has been my first experience of living abroad – prior to that I had stayed in Norway all my life. There is a small Norwegian community in Abu Dhabi. I found it when I first arrived. They meet up at Le Merdien every Thursday, but those guys have been here for a while and are generally older couples with families. But it’s a nice place to go to if you want to meet some fellow Norwegians.

On National Day, back home, we would normally dress up nicely and meet some friends in the morning for breakfast. This would usually consist of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and plenty of sparkling wine or aquavit. Admittedly, here, you don’t get that same feeling. Maybe we’ll just go to the beach, get a Norwegian flag and plant it on Lulu Island!

I like it here a lot. The best tip I was given when I moved to Abu Dhabi was to visit the surrounding islands; they are amazing. In Norway, you can only really use a boat in the summertime – it’s too cold – but here you can sail all year round. One of the first things I did when I got here was to buy a jet-ski. I keep it moored in Al Bateen and I usually go to Bahraini Island where you meet all kinds of families and daytrippers. Somebody asked me once, ‘why don’t you come to Dubai and live there?’ But Dhabi is much nicer. Ok, the nightlife is much busier in Dubai, but here it is much more peaceful.’

By Gareth Clark
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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