A friend of mine who works as part of a service crew in the Food Court of Dubai Mall, informed me that Jollibee will be opening April 3, 2015. Anticipating a line of at least 1 kilometer line of Filipino customers, lo and behold the facade was still covered with an “Opening Soon” Sign board.
Flying out via Qatar Airways at Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The airport is one year old and not that busy (yet). The drive from Jumeirah Lakes Tower to the airport was smooth and no traffic at all. There’s a lot of space at the parking area in front of the airport; A rare in UAE.
What fascinates me with Dubai is that they have to be the first, tallest, biggest and most expensive. First they constructed the tallest building in the world, then they have to build the biggest mall (please correct me if I’m wrong if it’s still the biggest), lots of luxury cars and now the First Tram in the Gulf Region at a cost of $1.2 Billion.
Dubai Tram Phase One, a 10-kilometer (six-mile) light rail system ,was built by French and Belgian Companies and was inaugurated on November 11, 2014.
Ever ski an Everest of sand? As we continued our adventure, we are at the top of the highest sand dune and all you can see for miles is more sand! Our guide/driver has set up SAND SKIING! This looks to be a hoot! Our caravan of Land Cruisers has stopped and there are maybe 20 of us all set for a new downhill experience. The guides are waxing snow boards, snow disks, and surfboards in preparation for our downhill sand skiing experience. Everyone wants to try something different, and my friend and i try the snowboard. Neither of us had ever been on a snowboard, but what the heck, you can only fall into a mound of sand, so we went for it! My friend tried standing up and got about half way down before his “wipe out” becoming a hurtling sand ball to the bottom, but no harm done, other than looking now like a TRUE Bedouin fresh in from the desert ! hahaha I decided to be a little more cautious, and SAT on the snowboard, but to my surprise, i was able to ride this way all the way to the bottom and never crashed.. Score one for Filipino balance! 🙂 Woohoo! Read More
In April, my best friend and I took the plunge for another exciting round of sand dune roller coaster rides over the dunes just outside of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
My friend had never taken this tour before, but since this would be my second time, I was excited to watch his expressions as we rolled along the very cusp of the thousands of dunes in this area, and took the plunging dives over the edge; all while enjoying the jamming tunes in the luxurious Toyota Land Cruisers that are used for these tours. Just before taking off into the world of sand, our driver stopped at a small store to pick up water and snacks, and got out and lowered the pressure in the tires so we could gain traction out in the deep sand. I would not personally recommend anyone have a BIG meal just before the trip, as like any roller coaster ride, those with a tender stomach may be reaching for the “barf” bag like on the airlines when you hit a pocket of air. These are WILD rides to say the least, but you will have a ball.
Every year I do publish an article about the once a year moment of having the same number of the month, day and the year and this time its 10.10.10 that stands for October 10, 2010.
So, what did I do today? I replied to some emails about job opportunities here in Dubai, cooked my lunch which was fried fish fillet with sautéed mushroom in Oyster Sauce. The taste, not bad at all!
I arrived almost midnight last night coming from a short trip in Thailand. As a foreign national, I am required to have my eye scanned before I proceed to the immigration counter. To make the boring long story short, I arrived at the hotel where I am billeted and started to prepare to go to sleep from an exhausting trip. Did I sleep well? Nope.
April 27, 2010 – My friend and I left Al-Manzil Hotel early that day to catch a flight going to Bangkok via Qatar Airways, the lay over was more than an hour in Doha, Qatar. We were running late and upon arrival at the Terminal 1 airport I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of people rushing to their flights, wow that was a first. Many times I have been flying in and out of Dubai, usually it’s flocked by people. This time it was very convenient checking in, it was a breeze. After we checked in, went to the Immigration area and there were no long lines of passengers trying to get out of Dubai. When it was my time to meet the immigration officer, I asked him why there aren’t a lot of people this time. He just said “sssh be quiet”. Hmmm, that was odd for an I.O. to say that.
Currently Burj Khalifa tops the list of top 10 tallest building in the world and it’s followed by Taipei 101 of Taiwan. For the past two years of traveling, I have only seen two or let me say three of these buildings. One is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE two months ago and in 2008 were The Petronas Towers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a towering height of 1.483 feet each. Read More
The main reason why we booked Al Manzil Hotel for our overnight stay in Dubai was to be near the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa. My room had a Burj Khalifa view and it sounds perfect for my photo ops, unfortunately I wasn’t able to use tripod that I got just for this purpose. Darn! So all the photos I took was all hand held. I know, I know, there will be next time, this coming August I will make sure I will have the perfect shot of that building, to see the observation deck and to watch the magnificent fountain near the base of the building that can reach more than three stories high.