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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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Getting a Tourist Visa for the UAE

I’ve noticed that the most viewed post in my blog is “Getting a Tourist Visa for Qatar and people actually find it helpful. Afwan, 🙂

UAE Visa On Arrival

Buboy’s UAE Visa On Arrival – Feb 2012

Hence, I decided to make similar posts, i.e. how we secured visa to the UAE, Oman, Myanmar, et al and mashallah give you a tip or two on your next visa application. 🙂

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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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The Dubai Metro

I don’t know why, while I’m willing to shell out for airfare to get somewhere, once I arrive, I dread taking a cab. I think I’ve had trauma from all the broken / jumpy /magical taxi meter experiences in Manila (sad but true). That, or I’m just simply “kuripot” on road transport (selective stinginess echos). Yes, I prefer to walk and find my way armed with a map. Dora the explorer complete with backpack lang ang peg! 🙂

This worked for me most of the time, but not so convenient during high summer in the Middle East. You may be brave enough for a few minutes but after that you will eventually melt, get dizzy and faint dramatically. Hehehe. No kidding.

Thank God for Metro trains. 🙂

Metro station looking like a spaceship.. 🙂

The Dubai Metro (in Arabic: مترو دبي) is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with three further lines planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (elevated railway). All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.

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Up in the Air with Emirates

Emirates (Arabic: طَيَران الإمارات‎ DMG: Ṭayarān al-Imārāt) is an airline based at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 2,500 flights per week, from its hub at Terminal 3, to 122 cities in 72 countries across six continents. The company also operates four of the world’s ten longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston.

Fly Emirates 🙂

Emirates is a subsidiary of  The Emirates Group, which has over 50,000 employees, and is wholly owned by the government of Dubai directly under the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Cargo activities are undertaken by the Emirates Group’s Emirates SkyCargo division.

The airline ranks amongst the top 10 carriers worldwide in terms of revenue and passenger kilometres, and has become the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried as of 2007.

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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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