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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Yas Mall

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

 

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AL AIN: Cycling in Al Ain Oasis

An amazing historical place to visit in the UAE. It is approx. 3000 acre and it was built to tame the desert.

Tim and I rented a bicycle for an hour to ride around the oasis rather than walking it. Honestly, you can do both and it’s massive. Around the oasis, there are museums and art galleries to stop and see.

I highly recommend you visit Al Ain Oasis, I guarantee you will have a good time.

 

ABU DHABI: Mangrove Walk

The Mangrove Park  opened earlier this year and it was built on Al Jubail Island. The gates open at 8AM and close at 5PM. So to avoid the crowd due to the Covid-19, we decided to visit the park at 8AM LOL. By the way, there is no entrance fee and food and drinks are not allowed and they have a couple coffee shops at the entrance of the park. Other than that just enjoy the walk and we recommend to visit when it is high tide.

It was a beautiful morning walk and very surreal. 

ABU DHABI: Picking Vegetables from Emirates Bio Farm

It’s a 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi and extremely long and boring drive but it was indeed worth it. I always wanted to visit the farm and learn few things here and there. Tim and I love to plant. Especially Tim but sometimes, he doesn’t let me touch the plants.

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Anyway after driving for 2 hours straight, we finally arrived at Emirates Bio Farm at 11AM. We bought our ticket which is about AED 35 per person (approx. £ 8) and booked a farm tour for 12PM. We walked around the public area and bought cold beverages to keep us cool. We then started the tour and they made us pick our vegetables.

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Right after the tour, we had brunch at their restaurant and paid AED 90 (approx. £ 21) for a breakfast platter for two.

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We really had an amazing time and bought fresh organic vegetables from their mini supermarket and it a great place for families to visit.

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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

 

Tanoor Lahm Restaurant

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 – A Weekend at the Eastern Mangrove

We found a great deal on groupon that includes pool access, food and drinks all for AED 270 that’s approx. £60.

So on a Friday, we packed our beach bag and headed to the hotel at around 12 in the afternoon. We got lucky to find a spot right by the pool and has shade. We spent 6 hours swimming and eating. We had such a nice relaxing time. We had Lemonade and I ordered Mushroom Pasta and Tim had a Beef Burger.

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Eastern mangrove is managed by Anantara Hotel and is connected to the residential building that has restaurants, coffee shop as well as Waitrose.

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It’s a lovely hotel but it’s not the best one from all the other Anantara chains.

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DUBAI – Girls Spa Day at Waldorf Astoria

A perfect way to spend time with the girls is of course having a SPA DAY.

Tori was in the UAE visiting from Canada and wanted to arrange a girls outing and she did. She planned a Spa Day with the group.

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We  used and abused the facilities of Waldorf Astoria Spa, we used the sauna and Jacuzzi and there were two steam rooms, one had the Himalayan salt and the other room was filled with dry herbs which was relaxing.

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Right after our 90 minutes massage, we went to lay down on the water bed and yes, I’m not joking, it was a water bed. Hours later, we felt SO HUNGRY and decided to have lunch by the beach. We ordered quesadillas and truffle french fries with Parmesan cheese on top.

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When it was time to leave, Ivana planned a gender reveal. Tori and Lina guessed it was a girl but I said boy and guess what IVANA IS HAVING A GIRL MASHALLAH.

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Overall, we had an amazing time together and it was indeed enjoyable.

 

 

Images of Beirut 2019

I wanted to take a break and travel to Beirut before I started my new job but unfortunately Tim couldn’t join because of work and he is still under probation so I travelled by myself for 4 days to visit friends and families in Beirut.

Here are some photos of Beirut through the lens of Bellion Travels. Hopefully, we will be visiting Beirut soon.

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24 hours in Lebanon

So lets say you’ve got 24 hours in Lebanon and don’t know what to do. Well here is what Tim, Tim’s mum and I did in one whole day. We woke up early in the morning and drove south. We visited two old towns; Deir El Qamar and Beit el Deen.

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Our first stop was at Qalet Mousa (Castle of Mousa) which is located between both towns. Mousa’s castle was built on a hill and it was designed by a man named Mousa and was built by himself. There is a story behind it, when Mousa was a student in school, he kept sketching castle and his teacher would scold him for not paying attention and would mock his dream. He actually accomplished it and it took him 60 years. You will find statues of his life story inside the castle.

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We later visited a mosque and a church located in the square of Deir el Qamar which were there during the 15th century. Deir el Qamar was a Jewish community in 1638 but is now a community for all Abrahamic religions including Druz.

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After resting our feet, we drove to Beit el Deen which can be translated to the House of Religions. I love how Lebanon is able to coexist. We visited the Beitedeeine Palace where festivals are held there and is also converted to a museum.

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We later drove around the town and stopped for a meal and headed back to Beirut. I simply enjoy Lebanon. Its heritage, culture and its history.