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EID Holidays on top!

A celebration after Ramadan… it is known as EID (Eid al-Fitr).

 

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JWMM lobby, vinneve

 

We went for a staycation holidays away from home.  This is not the first time though.  JW Marriott Marquis (tallest hotel in the World) is one of our favorite 5-star hotels and it doesn’t disappoint.  Here I will show you why and aside from the lavish foods and many restaurants choices inside it is also very near other attractions and tourist spots.  No wonder when we arrived lots of foreign tourists, not just UAE residents come flocking the reception.  My tip is, it is better you have a membership for this hotel so wherever Marriott hotels you go, you can have a priority service and of course an upgrade if available (mostly they have).

 

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JWMM floor lobby, vinneve foto

 

In and around JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

 

 

The room 

 

The view outside the room on the balcony

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JWMM room view, vinneve

Executive Lounge – Tip: Better to include this to your room booking if you can’t have an upgrade as you can also save money by coming here to eat for breakfast, snacks and pre-dinner which is good enough for dinner and lots of drinks to choose from. They also have business lounge beside it for people who don’t want to be disturbed by some guests with children.  

 

 

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JWMM Exec.lounge view, vinneve foto

As you can see there are still some spaces to be filled up.  Never ending developments in Dubai.  More coming bigger and better as years go by.

 

The pool and the view

 

 

Had a great family bonding this Eid. Whether you wanted to relax or escape away from the comfort of your home, there is a place like this to consider.  This is my personal review of this hotel and I hope you like it.  Try it for yourself… soon!

To all my followers and new readers… I will have my BIG Europe Holidays soon and will surely post it.  Please watch this space!  Let’s live and have fun 🙂 Thank You!

 

 

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AD Events: MON Festival

via Daily Prompt: Timely

Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Mother of the Nation Festivals

The great weather before it turns to nasty hot so it is timely to finally have this festival just finished a couple of weeks ago and how I wish we have visited twice as we didn’t see it all in just one late afternoon to late night.  Some are tourists from another GCC Country.  Some are locals and expats like us and their visitors.

So many events going on from January to April but I only managed to come to a few and enjoy them.  It seems life is becoming busy for me since I have accepted that I will be here for quite some time to support my wonderful hubby and son.

Here are some photos.  I hope you will enjoy viewing them too but the thrill and excitement were to be there in person.  Anyway… see U again next year!

Please click this LINK to view my post last year RE: Abu Dhabi & MON Festivals 2016 LINK.  Thanks! 

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Beautifully decorated lanterns, vinneve foto

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Mini car route with Nation Towers @backdrop, vinneve foto

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Zorb over the water, vinneve foto

Lots of activities for the children for all ages and some of them are free.  Of course, you just have to go on the queue and be patient!  We went to see a documentary about water in UAE and it was a mini Museum and beautifully presented to people.  My son loves doing his own kite and there are some markets (souq), music/concerts, and lots of restaurants around the Corniche where they built this event.  Last year we went to see a magic show & acrobatics and a Comedy stint but we were late on a schedule this year so we missed it and walking back to the next zone was too far away!  Still, we enjoyed and my son was happy that’s more important than the one we have missed.

Cheers!

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The Fast & The Curious

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“Today’s menu has two choices, TAKE IT or LEAVE IT”  

We almost made it to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for its quarter-final race but unfortunately, for some reason the “precious” tickets were taken back a day before we attend (mistake from the sender) so we feel like as if somebody snatch our lollies away!  Well, it is more valuable if to be resale for those avid fans of this sport or some VIP that is desperate to get this.

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Give me back my lolly!

Unless you are lucky enough to have booked in advance for this event at the Yas Viceroy Hotel  (below photo) overlooking the Yas Marina Circuit which is perfect for people who is ok to watch at a distance (but still good enough) at your own leisure.

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Since the ticket was so expensive so we choose to opt out and hoping for next time.  There are other similar options for seeing the FAST cars thru Ferrari World.  Yes, you can have an exhilarating action thru a roller coaster (the fastest in the World) yourself compare to seeing the Ferrari’s race thru the circuit.  Plus the car display to view and other accessories you can buy.

And some malls have their own displays of fast cars too! Except the other one below which is made of LEGO haha!

Or to view a real life size of Transformer? FYI Optimus Prime as above.

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do”  by Walt Disney

There is no short of events here in Abu Dhabi as long as you are curious enough to know where and when it is happening.  It is fun and learning at the same time and it is also easy on the pocket.

Previous events: International Hunting Exhibitions at ADNEC and down below was the Science Festival at Mushrif Central Park & the AD Educational Council much earlier events about ROBOTICS on how to build your own robot.  Much to my surprise, my son’s team won the Bronze!

My son’s fave TV program is TOP GEAR and he can name the expensive car there is around especially the fast one, have ridden a camel and a big horse without fear,  he is also a keen explorer and curious enough to attend a Science Fair.  I can say he is “The Fast & The Curious” boy available around town and I am a happy mommy!  🙂

Thanks for reading!

** FYI, please check out the link in blue for more info IF you are curious.

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Abu Dhabi : My kind of City

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AD, vinneve photo

A City’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives or works there.  By Robert Cowan”.

I have always been a City girl growing up but with a twist.

I like living in or near the City but I want my space too and the charm of being not so far away from everything.  A place where there is also a peace & quiet… where you can relax going home at the end of the day, a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the main “City Life” but not too far away from it all. Guess you might be wondering if there is a City like that exists.  Yes, there is and I always tell my friends and relatives that I prefer to go home in my “City” and this is my home away from home (my hometown -Auckland, NZ).

Now here living as an expat in Abu Dhabi, it is also a nice place to live in, away from the crowds and too much traffic.  Perhaps it is also where we live is the main factor as we are in the middle – not too far away from the main city and the airport on the other side though with so many expats children here the schools can be a problem so opting to a far away places as most schools have a long waiting list especially the very good ones. No problem for us, there is a school bus provided and it does matter where you live, really.

Abu Dhabi is similar to Dubai but more relax in a way less crowd and less traffic and yes more greeneries!  You will be amazed how many plants and trees are in here as if this is not a desert city, unlike Dubai where tall and shimmering buildings are the ones adorning everywhere and they’re fast paced of life making me uncomfortable if I stay longer than a few days.

Dubai is just around the corner (just 1 & 30mins drive by car depends on where in the City you live), so if we really want an action further away then we go there but not as often.  Why not? it is because we also have some kind of actions here for the whole family and friends!.  See photos below.

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SOUK QARYAT AL BERI  typical Arabian market that most locals and tourists frequent too.  It has an amazing view, restaurants, and good souvenirs to buy or even do some photo ops.

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Hyatt Capital Gate and ADNEC

Unique Architecture as seen above and below…  ADNEC World class venue where some events are being held and their calendar is full of events!  Aldar HQ (left) and Emirates Palace (right) and so many others…

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If you want fast and the furious we have Ferrari World here and you can enter from YAS mall (biggest mall in AD) my fave mall ever and buy tickets from there.  FYI, Formula 1 Grand Prix 2015 will be held here for the 7th year! (info & tickets as per link), Yas Marina has something for everyone both ashore and afloat day & night and of course, YAS Waterworld for fun water play you have in mind (more slides, rides and attractions in any other park in ME) and they even have the Ladies night. If you just want a Park for the whole family to enjoy then please visit Emirates Park Zoo they have a resort too!

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source: constructionweekonline.com LINK 

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Emirates Palace, vinneve

There are so many things you can do here that some people think Dubai has it all. AD night life is also good, but more finesse and decent that as far as I know.  Lots of concerts being held here and sporting events that the whole family can participate. Lots of parks you can stroll around as AD is the “Garden City” of UAE.  Traveling around here by taxi is a breeze and very safe.  I haven’t encounter unrespectful and scary taxi driver here and yes I even traveled at night with my little boy!

I can say that I love being here in Abu Dhabi.  More relax and homey.  For new expats, there is the weekly magazine free for all to get from any malls, pharmacies etc. Even at the airport, they have so many free magazines to read and they even have educational ones (business too) for free!

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View at the back of Qaryat Al Beri Souq, AD, vinneve foto

AD Week magazine has a lot of information for expats on what’s happening and what you can do or meet ups with other expats or just join a club.

People are different from one another and I like the values (more conservative and traditional) and lifestyles here.  It is a matter of YOU finding out the charm beneath the humble CITY besides this is the Capital of UAE so there’s more to it than meets the eye!  Please discover it yourself and you will not be disappointed.

Sources: other photos as per LINK and some are my photos.  Feel free to click the link (words in red) for more information.