Among the many advantages we get to enjoy living in Abu Dhabi, this quiet, peaceful and laidback capital, is it’s proximity to Dubai. The energy, vibe and joie de vivre you feel in this cosmopolitan city remind me of Beirut my beloved hometown where going out for dinner means having a good meal but also see and be seen…Throughout the years, the experience evolved from the odd weekends with the family or the few weekday trips with the girls to more frequent and longer stays..
As opposed to my first swimming with sharks 🦈 experience, the newest adventure was less adrenaline charged..
The first encounter 8 years ago was absolutely unplanned, and definitely wasn’t included in the Great Barrier Reef diving package😳 ‼️
We were told that we might spot turtles 🐢, but never warned about the possibility of getting cosy with the dreaded white tip shark🦈 😱!
“You were lucky!” smiled the guy on the boat once he learned about the incident… And I’ll always wonder what he meant by that…Is it because sharks were uncommon in this area or because we made it back unharmed ?!🤔
I genuinely regret that I didn’t dwell on his” lucky “ back then and inquired further about its real meaning. Well, I was breathless – quite normal given the circumstances…the adrenaline rush helped me rush back 🏊♂️ to the boat and achieve a speed record..My only concern at that moment was to regulate my heartbeat which had gone wild, my ❤️ suddenly a war drum beating a mad rhythm 🥁 😧