3 Days in Abu Dhabi

Now that everything is slowly going to “normal”, I thought why not write a blog about what can you do in Abu Dhabi in 3 Days.

Day 1: Abu Dhabi City

  • Heritage Village

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  • Afternoon Tea at Etihad Towers

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  • Memorial Museum
  • Qasr Al Watan
  • Emirates Palace

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  • Take a walk on the Corniche

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Day 2: Fun day on Yas Island

  • Options: Warner Bros / Ferrari World or Yas Water World
  • Visit F1 Circuit
  • Yas Mall

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Day 3: Art in Abu Dhabi

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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  • Abu Dhabi Louvre
  • Manarat Saadiyat
  • Buddha Bar

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5 Malls to Visit in Abu Dhabi

Hopefully when the lock-down is over and the virus is gone and everyone is safe and healthy; we will all be able to go out and have a cup of coffee at coffee shops and do a little shopping at malls. So I wanted to share with you the top 5 Malls to visit in Abu Dhabi.

5. Marina Mall: Love the location of the mall.

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The view from the main area of Marina Mall

4. Yas Mall: It has Clymb and Ferrari World

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3. Wahda Mall: Parking can be an issue but it has a good selection of stores if your main purpose is just SHOPPING.

Sorry I do not have any pictures. I only go there for shopping purposes.

2. Abu Dhabi Mall: They have variety of stores and restaurants and also the location is really good.

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View from Wagamama – Abu Dhabi Mall

1. Galleria Mall: The architecture is beautiful, amazing location and view,  variety of stores and restaurants and also has high end stores as well as fine dining restaurants.

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View from one of the restaurants

 

How we are spending our time at home due to Covid-19

Who has ever thought that when the virus was announced in January that it would turn into a world wide catastrophe. It is sad what the world is going through and how everyone’s life turned upside down and how businesses are not running smoothly but the planet is healing.

Tim and I are considered lucky and blessed that we are working from home, we have a home to keep us safe and a job to cover our expenses. Although I had a pay cut, I still consider it a blessing. I pray for each and every individual who is going through a difficult time during this crisis and I hope this will end soon.

Tim and I have been keeping ourselves busy and making sure we always have something to do. One of the pros of staying at home and being quarantined is that people get extremely bored and discover their hobbies and creativity. The amount of TikToks and videos that are going viral to entertain everyone in the globe is just wonderful.

We haven’t been doing anything crazy or anything extra ordinary but I would like to share with you, how we keep ourselves occupied all the time.

So here goes…

Weekdays from 8 AM – 5 PM: We have our breakfast and start working. During working hours, we put on music we never heard before or sometimes in my case, I listen to podcasts while working. Sometimes I do laundry, organise few things and cook lunch.

After 5 PM, we exercise a little then have dinner while watching Netflix. We also read books and take care of stray cats. We turned our porch and our back garden into a feeding station so cats can eat and we also place water for cats and birds to drink.

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On weekends, Tim gets to sleep a lot. He usually wakes up at 11 AM – 1 PM. I’m a morning person so I’m awake by 7 AM and make breakfast and read a book and by 10ish AM, I watch one episode of any series that I know Tim might not find interesting. When Tim wakes up, we prepare lunch then we either read, watch old movies or paint.

In the evening, we have crackers and cheese and sit and discuss things while having tea. We also arrange Zoom Meetings with our friends to catch up. We always end up talking about the pandemic. I try to avoid the topic but people keep bringing it up. When friends or families send me a whatsapp message about it, I ignore and not reply. I believe in energy and if it is constantly being brought up, you attract the negative energy on yourself and the universe. I believe in praying or asking the universe for good health and to decrease the illness and make the world a better place.

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Keeping our home cozy
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worked on my scrapbook 

Anyway this is what we have been doing at home and as soon as I finish reading 2 books, I will sign up for a Master Class and also an online language course to learn new things.

Let me know what you do and share how you spend your time at home.

Stay Home & Stay Safe

DUBAI: Road Trip to Hatta

It was February the 14th 2020, Valentines Day. When we all decided to go on a road trip to Hatta, Dubai. Hatta is known for Kayaking, Hiking and Resorts.

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Our first stop was Hatta Kayak, we all decided to go kayaking. However, Diana, Danny, Ivan and Xin Wei rented a pedal boat. We then had lunch at an Omani restaurant called ‘Tanoor Lahm Restaurant’. Our last stop was a resort and entertainment hub called ‘Wadi Hub‘. It’s developed by Meraas and we just brought our camping chairs and mats and just sat there had chai karak and enjoyed the weather.

Here are the below locations:

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Hatta Wadi Hub by Meraas

 

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Ras Al Khaimah- Road Trip to Ghost Village and Jebel El Jeis

It was the perfect Road Trip. We drove from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and picked up our friends and met my brother and his friends at a Petrol Station in Ajman and drove to Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). It was long trip but totally worth it.

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We wanted to discover the famous Ghost Village in RAK also known as Al Jazirah Al Hamra and we did a quick stop at Al Hamra Mall to have lunch and bought a few snacks and drove to Jebel (Mountain) Al Jeis to go on a picnic and enjoy the weather.

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We really had a great time and Jebel El Jeis is an amazing place to hike, to go on a picnic and to just hang out. Ghost Village on the other hand, is an abandoned town which is now slowly becoming a touristic attraction. Not much to do there but it was a nice walk since we were a group of friends discovering the town.

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Also the movie 6 underground was filmed at the Ghost Town.

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ABU DHABI – Ferrari World Theme Park

This would be my forth visit to Ferrari World Theme Park and my second time with Tim. The last time I visited was August 2014 and now here I am in 2019, experiencing new and exciting rides.

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I don’t know what it is, maybe it is the age but I really couldn’t go on the ride more than once. I felt dizzy after every ride. Tim and his friends managed to enjoy the rides but I just watched and took videos.

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has the Worlds Fastest Rollercoaster and it is one of my favourite rides. It is the speed of 0 to 240 km/h in approx 5 seconds.

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If ever you visit UAE, this is one of the best theme parks to check out. You will enjoy ‘THE SPEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDD………….’

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ABU DHABI – BOYZLIFE at Taste of Abu Dhabi

Tim and I attended 2019 Taste of Abu Dhabi with our friends. OMG! It was insane. We got to meet the famous King of Cakes, Eric Lanlard. He taught us how to bake Paris Brest.

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We also entered many competitions, got many freebies, tried a lot of free food, and paid to try samples from fine dining restaurants. We got stuff from Kibsons (my favourite), Coffee Planet, Spinneys, WeGo, Crate and Barrel, Truffles and many many more…..

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Later at night, there was a performance by BoyzLife. The band members are ex Westlife member Brian McFadden and a Boyzone member,  Keith Duffy which makes it BoyzLife. So a food event turned into a 90’s concert and it made our day. Not Tim’s but surely mine and my best friend, Mimi.

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ABU DHABI – EMINEM Return Concert

Yup! Eminem performed in Abu Dhabi AGAIN!!!!! This was my first Eminem concert and we had an awesome time. The show was phenomenal and we really had a great time.

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However, the organisers did a horrible job. First, they locked the main gate to get to the concert which delayed the event. It was a 40 minute walk from the car to the concert. Afterwards, there was a long long long long……line which apparently did not lead to the entry gate. This situation delayed the concert and honestly, I do not want to talk much about it but like the say, the picture is worth a thousand words.

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Other than that, EMINEM was AMAZING and we had a blast and we still can’t recover from the concert. It really was GREAT.

 

ABU DHABI – The Greatest Show Man on Yas Island

Yas Movies usually takes place on the month of October for 3 days and the event falls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Tim and I decided to attend Friday’s event. We got there at around 6PM, bought few snacks and got free stuff.  We also brought our camping chairs with us to be able to enjoy the show comfortably.

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The event included two movies one at 18:00 that was Moana and a 3D Live Show held along with a movie screening of The Greatest Showman. The event was well organised and had crazy amount of food stands and food trucks. Although the event targets families and children, we actually had a good time.

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DUBAI – Girls Weekend Activity at Jam Jar

Tim was out of  town and I decided to meet my girlfriends in Dubai for a cup of coffee to catch up but we ended up at Jam Jar and spent the day talking and painting. Jam Jar is like an art space and was founded in 2005. All you have to do is choose your canvas and pay for it and all the supplies will be provided.

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You can keep your painting with them for it to dry and collect it any day as long as you do not exceed, I think 3 months. Also, if you did not finish your painting, you can always go back and complete it.

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I did not manage to finish mine but I still took it back home since I live in Abu Dhabi.

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Reference: https://www.thejamjardubai.com/diy