Travel Diaries: Dubai – the second time around (with Abu Dhabi sidetrip)

Eid Al-Ftr is a religious holiday of Muslim which marks the end of their Islamic holy month of fasting – Ramadan. Since it’s holiday, we decided to go to Dubai for a 5-day vacation. We’ve been to Dubai last year pero dahil akala namin ay mag-eexit si mister, nagbook kami ng Dubai since yun ang pinaka easiest and affordable way to exit from Qatar (as far as I know). We traveled with our dear friends Che and Joe Mar with his gf Abbie (Joe Mar traveled from Bahrain where he works). Since napuntahan na namin yung karamihang tourist destination sa Dubai, ang tanging nagawa  lang namin mostly sa whole stay namin dun is to meet up friends! We actually booked for some activities (like Hatta Mountain Safari and Al Ain Tour) pero kung hindi nacancel, not available naman yung scheduled date. A little bit frustrating but good thing na rin atleast nasave kami sa pagka tusta! Haha. Sobrang mainit din sa Dubai. Pero unlike Qatar, masyadong humid doon kaya kapag naglakad lakad ka sa labas, actually kahit nakatayo ka lang tatagaktak na ang pawis mo. So towel, tissue, or any pampunas will save the day!

Upon arriving to Dubai, sinundo kami ni Unni Lea Joy (thanks again unni for the warm welcome! Hihi). We head straight to Al Ghurair Mall to grab some lunch since ang dating namin dun is lunch time. We ate at Lemongrass Thai Restaurant – which offers authentic Thai cuisine presented in a modern Asian environment. Food and refreshments there are good! (specially the Thai milk tea I ordered). After eating, dumiretso na kami sa hotel to checked-in and take some rest.

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We checked-in at Ibis One Central Hotel near World Trade Center. The building itself is good for a 3-star hotel although economy rooms are too small. It is quite accessible to the metro station – about 5-10 minutes walk. There is a good ambiance when you enter the reception area as well as the corridors in each floor. Staffs are not so accommodating and there are no freebies like conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste, slippers, etc. as some of the hotels offer. Quite disappointing. Good thing we are prepared! Other than that we have no more issues in our 5 day stay there.

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Ibis One Central Corridor

First in our itinerary list is Dhow Cruise Buffet Dinner. There are two locations there to choose from – in Dubai Marina and in Creek. Mas maganda sa Dubai Marina kaya mas mahal. Kaya we decided to choose Dhow Cruise in Creek pero dahil napag-alaman namin na puro Indian food “daw”, we backed out. Sorry, I am not against Indian food. I just don’t like the taste specially the curry. So dahil sa ang mga kasama ko ay videoke queens (Che, Lea Joy and Rellen (with her bf Jet) plus Unni Apple), we go to Makati Comedy Bar in Aseana Hotel. They have this called Karaoke Suites – we called it Videoke rooms in PH. It’s a bit expensive here – 3 hours stay will cost you 300 dirhams – excluding the food. Anyhow my girlfriends and I love to sing so keri na kahit medyo mahal.

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Sorry sa malabong kuha. But that’s MAKATI at the back 🙂

Then our day ends.

The next morning, our scheduled activity is Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi plus city tour. Muntik pa kaming di matuloy dito dahil yung schedule na gusto namin (Friday), wala ng slot dahil late namin natawagan. Mabuti na lang at may available pa ng Thursday kaya ang nangyari, lahat ng scheduled activities nila at namin ay namove. Haha. We bought the voucher in Cobone (it’s like metrodeal and ensogo in the Philippines). One voucher costs 299 dirhams which includes an all day pass and unlimited rides to Ferrari World, visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Abu Dhabi City tour. Not bad for 299 dirhams. Pero yung City tour nila is literal na tour lang. Haha. umikot ikot lang kami sa Abu Dhabi sakay ng bus!

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Ferrari World is an amusement park located in Yas Island which offers thrilling rides, exciting attractions, themed stores and restaurants, all inspired by the rich Ferrari brand and its Italian heritage. The first ride that we tried is the Scuderia Challenge – an F1 racing simulator on the virtual Yas Marina circuit. This is quite enjoyable – for me. Haha. Kasi lagi tumataob yung sasakyan ko so tapos na yung time di man lang ako umabot sa finish line. At nahilo lang ako. Haha.

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Scuderia Challenge

Then we tried the world’s fastest roller coaster – Formula Rossa. At promise, never na ako uulit! Sapat na saken ang isa. Haha! Pero sa mga adventure seeker dyan, you will definitely enjoy this ride. Actually super masaya naman sya pero nakakatakot. Dahil I’m afraid of heights. This roller coaster travels 240 km per hour just in 4.9 seconds! Can you imagine that? Nasa pila pa lang kami namumutla na ata ako. Nung nasa unahan na kami ng line, parang gusto ko na umatras! Pero andun na ako at sayang naman kung di ko ma-experience. Pag-upo ko buong katawan ko ata nanginig. Then I heard the signal – go! then zooooooooooooommmmmmmmmm! Napakabilis na ng mga pangyayari. Pero pinakamatagal na kaba yun na naramdaman ko sa buong buhay ko. Haha. Mostly nakapikit ako kasi di ko talaga kaya. Pero kelangan ko dumilat kasi di ko maeenjoy yung ride. Di ko namamalayan tapos na. At napakalaking pasasalamat ko kasi tapos na! Haha. Pero one thing is for sure – masaya sya. Takot lang talaga ako.

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Formula Rossa

After that nagutom na kami.

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After eating, we tried Karting Academy. It is a racing challenge, but unlike scuderia, you will actually ride a kart and drive it! Para syang bump car pero eto may circuit sya then merong ilang laps until you reach the finish line. This is fun kasi kahit sa Pilipinas palang kapag nagpupunta kami ng amusement parks lagi kong nilalaro yung bump car. So I enjoyed this one.

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We don’t have actual photos riding the kart. Bawal kasi. Haha.

This ride is my most favorite ride in Ferrari World – Viaggio in Italia! Nung una pumila lang kami dun without any idea kung anong meron. Wala na kasi ma-try na rides kasi kukulangin na kami sa oras. So we tried it and it was really amazing! Pagpasok mo sa loob para syang sinehan. Yung style nya parang may pilot na nagsasalita. The lights turned off and then unti unti kaming umaangat. There are 3 rows of seat at dun kami pumwesto sa pinakadulo. We dont know how high are we pero eye level na yung pinaka top ng screen. So mataas sya. Eto na naman tayo sa mataas so natakot na ako. Haha. But once the screen flashes on – it feels like were actually flying on top of the breathtaking views of Italy! You can see the mountains, villages, cities, seas, vineyards and different landscapes. This is really awesome as it looks real and it feels real! Will definitely try this again! (given a chance na makabalik ulit!)

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Viaggio in Italia

Then sumaglit kami sa museum. Para syang car show na puro ferrari. Sabi nga ni mister di na dapat tayo nag picture picture don kasi yung mga ferrari sa Dubai nakabalandra lang sa kalsada. Haha. Papalabas na kami ng madaanan namin yung tyre change of F1 car. Nash and Joe Mar tried it. Pabilisan sila kung sino ang una makakapagchange ng tyre. And the winner is – yung nauna daw magtaas ng kamay. Haha!

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F1 Tyre Change

After Ferrari World we visited the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Bescause it’s holiday dagsa ang mga tao nung time na to. Tapos pag babae, dapat balot ka. Kelangan mong mag Abaya, jacket or anything na pwede mo maisuot at maicocover ang skin mo. Kaya hindi lahat ng friends namin nakapasok. Bawal din “daw” magpapicture ang babae at lalaki na magkadikit. Pag nahuli ka buburahin mga pictures ng camera mo – lahat.

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Team sawi.

Then this marks the end of our Abu Dhabi day. Yung mga next days namin is meeting up with friends and gala gala sa mga mall.

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I met my husband’s friend Glen
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Meet up with my friends Angeli, Jopi and Kuya Jepoy
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Meeting my husband’s insan JM and his wifey Tin

We also got the chance na makitulog sa hotel kung saan naka checked-in ang friend namin. May pool kaya makikiswim nalang kami ng libre. Haha.

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At ang last day namin is nagpunta kami sa kite beach – ang beach na walang kite. Haha. Libre lang sa beach na yun and good thing from the hotel may libreng service papunta don. Hindi kami gaano nagtagal dahil sa sobrang init. Mga isang oras lang ata kami then umuwi na.

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So that sums up our 5-day vacation in Dubai – Abu Dhabi. Side trip lang namin ang Abu dhabi pero mas madami pa ako naikwento about dun. We enjoyed it and I can’t say na di na kami babalik. Dahil yung asawa ko gusto nya pa itry yung Skydiving. Ako hindi ko kaya so magchecheer nalang ako sa kanya at aabanggan ko nalang sya sa baba. Haha.

Check this link for more photos: Eid Holidays: Dubai – Abu Dhabi

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3 thoughts on “Travel Diaries: Dubai – the second time around (with Abu Dhabi sidetrip)

  1. hahaha, ang saya, gusto ko ulit ulitin, sayang kulang ang time namin..san namn kaya next destination natin?haha..😘😘😘lam ko meron na kyong next..kaso di ako makakasama, hmmp..ang saklap..endi pwede. ..ulitin ulit natin..sa iba namn..see you..when we see you..

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