It was a a normal Thursday evening. After work I invited my good folks – Chris & Alex to join me for a dinner at Sumo – Sushi & Bento Japanese Restaurant located inside the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology @ Masdar City. For the record, this is already our second attempt to go there. It was me and Chris only who went there first time after attending Sunday mass in order to satisfy my cravings for Japanese foods because I really love it! Unfortunately, we were lost towards Masdar and my GPS device headed us to Masdar City office located in Musaffah. However, I did not give up and yes, finally we did it last October 10, 2013.
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) is a graduate level, research-oriented university which is focused on alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. It is located in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Wikipedia, et.al).
Masdar Institute is an integral part of the non-profit side of the Masdar Initiative and will be the first institution to occupy Masdar City. The Technology and Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is providing scholarly assessment and advice to Masdar Institute. (Wikipedia, et.al).
Heading towards inside in the institute is through riding the PRT (Personal Rapid Transit). I would say that it is truly a once in a life time experience too since it is the only facility here in Abu Dhabi where such type of transit is available and can be experienced. PRT is an on-demand transportation system that combines the adventure of a private car and public transportation.
The PRT runs on lithium batteries which are powered by solar energy produced at Masdar City. It carbon-free and environmentally friendly. Manufactured and it is designed by the legendary Italian designer Zagato which has designed cars for Ferrari and Aston Martin among others.
The PRT uses a virtual software to guide its journey, using magnets within the floor surface. Designed to the highest international safety standards, it uses advance collision avoidance sensors. The network is constantly monitored to ensure a safe and an uninterrupted journey.
Our last stop is at the SUMO – SUSHI & BENTO Japanese Restaurant where we enjoyed sumptuous Japanese delight cuisines! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Would you like to visit also Masdar Institute and try riding the PRT? Are you also fond of Japanese foods like us?
Top 3 U.A.E. Destinations: “A-Must-Do when you visited United Arab Emirates!!! Definitely where U-Achieve-Everything (U.A.E.)”
Hey, guys! For those who’ve been planning to come and indulge in one of the most extravagant and enticing place on Earth, I’ve prepared my top 3 destinations and must be included in your bucket list! (Drum rolling…!!!) Here are my Top 3 (In No Particular Order) :
1- Enjoy Desert Safari in Dubai with BFF’s (best friends forever) during the Winter Season! After all, it’s more fun if your with everyone! Haha lol! 🙂 Winter Season starts from December till the Month of March-April. (Rate = 150-200Dhs/Pax)
A must for everyone who is visiting UAE. A memory to share with your family and friends back home, This is one safari you cant do back home. I highly recommend this adventure and it will be worth every penny spent! 🙂
*** At the Middle of Desert (Camp Site) – Dinner, Camel Riding, Henna Tattooing ***
*** Amazing Belly Dancer ***
The tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching our campsite where you have the opportunity to do a camel ride, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hand or feet. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). Before returning to Dubai/Sharjah we watch a belly dancer performing her show around the campfire by starlight.
The following activities are included:
– Pick up by 4×4 wheel Drive from any point in Dubai and Sharjah between 3.15pm to 4.00 p.m.
– Drive through the desert along Al Awir Road – Dune Bashing.
– 20-30 minutes Dune Driving
– Sun Set Photography
– Camel Rides
– Belly Dancing
– Henna Painting
– Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha)
– Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates
– Traditional costumes
– Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water
– Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q.(vegetarian food also available on request)
– Departure at 9.30 pm
– Sand Skiing (not included supplementry of AED 100)
*** Waiting for the Bus going back to Abu Dhabi (Tired… ***
*** but Veryyyyyy Happy!!!) ***
2- Climb at the Top – Burj Khalifa in the Dubai Mall (Just kiddin’, you can use the lift all the way to the 124th floor! Haha lol! 🙂
Be a part of histroy in the rising. High atop one of the world’s most dynamic cities, is one of the world’s most extraordinary experience. On the 124th floor of the tallest tower in the world, nothing else matters but You. At The Top Burj Khalifa, only at The Dubai Mall.
Get ready to enter the record books and experience a journey through Dubai’s exotic Arabian heritage, the extraordinary story behing Burj Khalifa as the new icon for the Middle East, and view the spectacular panorama from the observatory At the Top, Burj Khalifa.
Experience 360 degree sweeping views from level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, At the Top. Burj Khalifa offers unparalled vistas from the Gulf to the Arabian Desert and beyond.
*** On the way to the Top Photos ***
Admission Dated & Time based on 30-minutes intervals.
Introductory Admission – AED:
Dated & Timed Adult (12 years +)……………..125
Dated & Timed Child (3 – 12 years)…………….95
Immediate Entry Adult/Child…………………….400
Infants (0-3)……………………………………………Free of Charge
*** Views from the Top ***
*** I’m the King of the World Moment @ 124th Floor!!! Haha lol! 🙂 ***
3- Indulge yourself to Wadi Adventure in Al Ain – ride on to the water sports challenge (i.e. white water rafting, kayaking and surfing) and head on to their Air park where you can really test your survival skill and courage!!! (Rate = 225Dhs/Pax)
Wadi Adventure, the Middle East’s first man made whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility.
Known for its extensive natural cave system and hot water springs, Jebel Hafeet has long been a tourist attraction for the region. Wadi Adventure has now added another reason for you to visit this spectacular part of the U.A.E.
Wadi Adventure is an ideal day out for the family, friends or just by yourself. With everything to offer at the state-of-the-art facility, all you need to bring is a sense of adventure and we will make sure you head home with an experience of a lifetime.
What you’ll find inside:
- Three world class whitewater rafting and kayaking runs with a combined length of 1,133m
- A surf pool capable of making 3.3 meter high waves every 90 seconds
- A rope course, climbing wall and zip line
- An adult and toddlers swimming pool
- Retail and merchandise outlets providing all you may need for the day
- Plenty of food and beverage outlets to cater to everyone’s needs throughout the day
- The most unique corporate and event space to be found in the Middle East
- Space and infrastructure for world class white water and surfing events
W-A-R-N-I-N-G! White Water Rafting is No Joke! One must follow the instructions well and you must all work paddling as a team! Otherwise, your boat would tripped and end up like us… 😦 😦 😦
*** Wounded but become Stronger and Braver, Up-Beat for the Next Challenges!!! 🙂 ***
So…, would you also like to see these amazing tourist spots and try any of the above challenges when you come and visit U.A.E.?!? Which one you’ll gonna see first and try to experience? 🙂 🙂 🙂
It was on a friday sunny afternoon (20.09.13) and since I’ve really wanted to spend some “me” time that weekend which I really needed (for some freaky reasons 🙂 ) , I’ve decided to use the Groupon Voucher I purchased online for a One-night stay at Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel located at Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi.
The Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel offers 3-star accommodation in Abu Dhabi’s Al Ittihad district. Al Wahda Mall and Al Nahyan Stadium are within a 10-minute drive away, and the property provides free parking. All the modern and elegant rooms at the Comfort Inn Emirates Hotel include a flat-screen TV, cable / satellite channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Each has amenities such as a mini bar, a hair dryer and a refrigerator. Bathrobes and slippers are also included for extra comfort.
What to do and see:
– Rent a bicycle and enjoy the scenery at the Corniche
– Get your adrenaline pumping with a drive along the Yas Marina Circuit
– Admire natural beauty as you go kayaking through the mangroves
While marveling the beauty of living/relaxing on this haven, I happened to find some time to read the book I purchased online last month via amazon.com… 🙂 You might want to try it and see how the law of attraction works on you and finally meet your soulmate.
So excited to wake-up in the morning and for your information, my stomach is designed to digest a big breakfast now a days because of my changed lifestyle when I started going to the gym 2 months ago and my metabolism is really improved a lot… 🙂 As early as 7 A.M., I went down to the dining area where buffet breakfast is served.
I check out around 1 P.M. (a day after) and head on to my folks accommodation. Jesse cooked “Ginisang Munggo” (Sauteed Mung Beans) and really loved it! Since Chris, Jesse, Cris Vincent and Jenica (new acquaintance) has this strike-anywhere attitude like me, especially if its our first time – I’d invited them to come with me and have some beer while singing our hearts-out @ “The Buzz” – A Video Karaoke Bar located at Al Diar Regency Hotel, beside corniche hospital along corniche-salam road. We grab a few buckets of Heineken and some french fries and fried chicken wings! Boom!!! We really had a great time! Everyone went home with a smile! Truly an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Weekend we’ve all had… 🙂 🙂 🙂
How do you usually spend your “Me” time, your weekend after a stressful week from work?