Who ever said, “All work and no play makes Juan a dull boy,” must be right, indeed.
So we took the opportunity to jump in a plane to work + play, one weekend in the UAE. 🙂
Day 1 (FRIDAY)
02:20 AM Check in @ BIA. I think I did with my eyes half closed. Still so sleepy. 🙂
03:50 AM Depart BAH via Emirates (duration: 1hour ave.)
*BAH: GMT + 3
06:05 AM Touchdown DXB!
*DXB: GMT +4
We arrived quite early (the seminar doesn’t start until 10:00 AM) so we decided to have an early stroll around Deira until we reached Al Ghurair and just in time, Chowking opened. 🙂
We took our time, enjoying our Silog breakfast (there’s no Chowking in Bahrain hehe). And if only Jollibee was within walking distance from our hotel, I’m sure we’d go there as well. Nope, haven’t had the chance to check out the Jollibee located in Bur Dubai. Next time, therefore. 🙂
08:30 AM Head back to Crowne Plaza for the seminar
09:30 AM Registration / briefing
10:00 AM Seminar – Morning session
12:30 PM Lunch
Escape Break! Took cab and headed to Dubai Mall. 🙂
01:30 PM At The Top, Burj Khalifa 🙂
03:30 PM Back to hotel via The Metro
04:00 PM Seminar – Afternoon session
07:30 PM Dinner @ Asiana Hotel. Music & Drinks with Highschool friends @ Boracay Nightclub. 🙂
11:00 PM Back to hotel. So early on a Friday night eh? I know. What to do? So sleepy and had to wake up early next day… 🙂
Day 2 (SATURDAY)
Itinerary for the day is a tour of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. I am looking forward to this as during my Summer stay in 2009, I didn’t have a chance to visit.
06:00 AM Wake up. Coffee. Prep!
07:00 AM Pick up by shuttle van
07:15 AM Brief stop @ Emirates Towers to pick up other guests
07:30 AM Sightseeing while on the shuttle – Jumeirah area, waved hello @ Wild Wadi! 🙂 , the Burj Arab, Al Barsha area, Kempinski MOE, Dubai Marina, et al..
08:00 AM Transfer to coach @ Jebel Ali, the world’s largest man-made port.
08:30 AM ADNOC Oasis stop to buy snacks for the trip / toilet break
A Capital Adventure. The two hour drive to Abu Dhabi along the coastal desert road offers views of blue waters, palms and acacia trees, to the modern capital’s skyscrapers, villas and palaces along the beautiful Corniche.
10:30 AM Tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, third largest mosque in the world
11:30 AM Experience pre-oil Emirati life @ the Heritage Village and stroll by the Corniche
12:30 PM Lunch @ Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
02:00 PM Back on the road, we drive by the Emirates Grand Palace
03:00 PM Visit Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre
04:30 PM Yas Island. Stop at Yas Viceroy to catch a glimpse of Yas Marina F1 Circuit
05:30 PM On the road, back to Dubai
08:00 PM Back to hotel, rest, zzzzz…. didn’t expect that even touring by coach will be this tiring. I used to walk up and down the streets of Baguio City the whole day during College and wasn’t this tired. I am so getting old. >_<
12:30 AM Hotel Check out, head to airport.
01:00 AM Check in @ Terminal 3
02:30 AM Depart DXB via EK
02:45 AM Arrive BAH, rush to get cab to reach the flat.
03:00 AM Flat -> Sleep agad. Dahil may duty ng 7:00am harharhar. 🙂
It was a short, hectic weekend getaway but totally worth it! I’m looking forward to the next! wink, wink. 🙂