Abu Dhabi

Dubai + Abu Dhabi 2014

I am telling you, when the travel bug bites, it bites you sooo hard… you hardly recover. It’s prolly a good thing am an accountant, i could still, somehow, see some work-wanderlust balance, hehehe. So this coming Eid Al Adha holiday, see you again UAE! 🙂

Eid Al Adha 02-06.10.14

Eid Al Adha 02-06.10.14

Tentative itinerary…

Oct 02 – arrive AUH, dinner & night out

Oct 03 – DXB day 1 – Desert Safari + dinner

Oct 04 – DXB day 2 – City tour

Oct 05 – DXB day 3 – IKEA, Miracle Garden, Dhow cruise + dinner

Oct 06 – AUH day tour, then depart for BAH

We’re so lucky to have friends who are Starwood Associates, who’ve taken care of our amazing hotel bookings – Aloft Abu Dhabi, Sheraton Dubai Creek & Le Meridien Fairway. Thanks sis Ella & kuya Chard! 🙂

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Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012

Bahrain. Dubai. Abu Dhabi. Malasiqui. Manaoag. Baguio. Bolinao. Amwaj. Doha. Muscat. Dagupan. Cainta. Boracay. Clark. Singapore. Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong. Macau. Calasiao. Manila. and then back to Bahrain again.

Nine countries, Nineteen cities, One year.

I think the travel bug bit me hard. 🙂

Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012

Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012 

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UAE in less than 48 hours

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. 🙂

roaming around BIA duty free while waiting for boarding, so as not to fall asleep 🙂

03:50 AM Depart BAH via Emirates (duration: 1hour ave.)

*BAH: GMT + 3

aboard EK flight BAH-DXB

06:05 AM Touchdown DXB!

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Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). :)

Part of our “Capital Adventure” was a visit to the wonderful island resort, Yas Island.

Yas Marina Circuit

It was the last stop of our Abu Dhabi day tour and we were looking forward to catch a glimpse of everything about Yas Island.

Yas Island is home to luxury residentials and hotels, Ferrari World, Yas Marina, Yas Links,  the upcoming Yas Island Water park, and of course, the Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit, among other fab attractions.

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Emirates Heritage Village

This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). 🙂

Part of our “Capital Adventure” was a visit to the Emirates Heritage Village, located near the Breakwater, facing the beautiful Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

a glimpse of Abu Dhabi life in the pre-oil days

The Heritage Village is a 1600 square meter journey to the past and a delightful experience of pre-oil Emirati life with Bedouin tents, palm trees, a masjid and traditional souks.

There were workshops which feature local craftsmen working on pottery, glass blowing, brass beating and loom weaving. There is also a shop for local crafts and souvenirs, a good photographic exhibition and a unique collection of the Holy Quran.

Set in lush gardens with trickling fountains, to experience the charm of the Heritage Village is a must to include in your “To Do” list while you are in Abu Dhabi. 🙂

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Manarat Al Saadiyat

This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). Part of our “Capital Adventure” was a visit to Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Quote on the preservation of cultural heritage by Sheikh Zayed

Manarat Al Saadiyat literally means ‘the place of enlightenment’. It is a 15,400 sqm visitor centre, designed to bring the vision of the island to life through the Saadiyat Story.

Located just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, this artistic venue houses TDIC exhibitions with international collections from around the world, including three major galleries, a central events gallery, sales centre, 250-seat theatre, and restaurant.

The main galleries constitute of permanent spaces for a series of exhibitions as part of an ongoing cultural programme dedicated to developing awareness and understanding of art and culture prior to the launch of the Saadiyat Cultural District.

The Saadiyat Cultural District is the region’s biggest arts hub. It includes Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Performing Arts Centre.

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Up in the Air with Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways (Arabic: الإتحاد‎, ʼal-ittiħād, meaning UnionUnity) is a flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Established by Royal decree in July 2003 and based in Abu Dhabi, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.

@ Abu Dhabi Airport T3 via Etihad Airways

The airline operates more than 1,300 flights per week to 85 passenger and cargo destinations in 55 countries, with a fleet of 67 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). First stop of our “Capital Adventure” was the Grand Mosque.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

The Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque.

As the country’s grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and numbers during Eid can be more than forty thousand people.

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