Dinner (and Disease?) on the Dhow

Last week a few folks from NYU in New York came out to do some recon work for upcoming candidate weekends. As both a team building exercise and as important research for work, we decided to go on a dhow dinner cruise along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi. It was a classic evening, but unfortunately, very little of that had to do with our dining experience.

Step 1: Squeeze 15 large adults into a van designed to seat 13 small children. — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Classic Faces on Everyone

Classic Faces on Everyone

What is Kelly Hugging?

What is Kelly Hugging?

Step 2: Get everyone on a boat and look good doing it — Not really as difficult

The Dhow

The Dhow

Chilling in the Majlis

Chilling in the Majlis

Beth's Movie Star Smile

Beth's Movie Star Smile

Step 3: Dinner is served and the food is tasty. — MISSION FAILURE

Step 4: Ignite fireworks inside a wooden structure and within very close proximity to food and people — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Our Lobster Thermidor in on FIRE!

Our Lobster Thermidor in on FIRE!

Step 5: Enjoy the Scenery – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Abu Dhabi at Night

Abu Dhabi at Night

Step 6: Get everyone back in the same tiny van and go home. — MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

In our mission debriefing and after-action-report, it was pretty much unanimous that the food was terrible. More importantly, several of us who attended experienced a wide range of gastro-intestinal problems which may have also developed into cold and flu like symptoms that quickly spread through the entire staff. We don’t yet know the ultimate source of the “Sama Swine Flu,” but patient zero may have been on this cruise.

One Response to “Dinner (and Disease?) on the Dhow”

  1. Laura Andersen says:

    Wow. I knew you guys were sick but didn’t know the possible source until reading your blog!

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