Here’s the view from my hotel in Abu Dhabi — the UAE city appears unaffected by the global slowdown. We arrived last night to a warm welcome and will be learning our way around for the next few days. My kids start school this Sunday, and I’ll start orientation at Zayed University later this month. I won’t start teaching until mid-September because of Rammadan, the month-long daytime fast for Muslims, which started here yesterday.

Enjoying the experience immensely so far…