dubai frame

DUBAI FRAME : Construction update gallery

I have visited the site of the Dubai Frame project to check on the construction progress.

In my opinion, the structure is progressing in very slow pace but I guess it is more complicated than it seems.

Before I will continue…Dubai Frame is purely build as an observation platform to enjoy the views of Dubai. ( Some people were acquiring to buy an apartments in there 🙂 )

43$ million attraction should be open by this years end. The Frame height can be compared to a 50-storey building.

Cladding of the two supporting towers will be perforated to help the structure withstand the winds. Panoramic lifts will be fixed on both sides assuring exciting views on the way to the top.

Dubai Frame is strategically located to offer its visitor the best views of the new and old Dubai.

Now, enjoy the photos…

 

 

al mashreq hotel riyadh

RIYADH : Al Mashreq Hotel…oasis of calm in the heart of the city

Where : 

Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel / Al Urubah Rd. / Riyadh / Saudi Arabia

Click HERE for location / Website 


Overview : 

Elegant and distinctively Arabic. This boutique property is offering luxury escape straight out of the Aladdin’s fairy tale.

Rich decor, gold chandeliers, marble mosaics and bubbling fountains are creating the perfect ambience  to unwind after busy day.

The hotel is a member of a diverse collection of  “Small Luxury Hotels in the World” and situated next to an office complex with a lovely courtyard garden assuring privacy and serenity.


Location : 

Ideally located just stone’s throw away from the busy Riyadh centre and 40min from the Riyadh Intl. Airport / 85 SAR by London Taxi

In approx. 5min drive you can easily reach the Kingdom Tower, Al Faisaliah Centre and the two main roads Olaya Street and King Fahd road.

You cannot walk from the hotel as there is nothing around it, but taxis are easily available outside.
They are inexpensive, but make sure you negotiate the price before getting in and know exact location where are you heading to.

Note, due to Riyadh Metro construction, many roads are closed or diverted.


Room :

Well, let’s say the rooms are cozy and clean. Definitely not the most spacious but I have slept like a log.

Bed it’s just ideally firm and I really enjoyed to wrap myself completely in the soft bed sheets.

Complimentary water, tea/coffee facility, safe, electronic 100% black-out curtains and practicaly placed sockets to re-charge your devices. Ironing board is hidden inside the wardrobe.

There isn’t many international channels on TV so better stick with your tablet or phone. Also, the AC blows the air directly on your head while in the bed and I have found this quite bothersome.

Free Wi-Fi is fast enough and not much noise can be heard from the corridor. To enjoy a good night sleep, always opt for the inner courtyard view rooms.

Bathroom was spacious with weighting scale, hair dryer, small make-up mirror and the usual set of toiletries branded by Elemis. Bathrobe and slippers also available.


Service : 

In general it was good, but when I asked for dinner restaurant recommendations I was met with a puzzled look from the staff member.

Later I have found a Lebanese restaurant within the same office block.

Otherwise, the staff at the Tea Lounge, or Spa were very pleasant and helpful.


Dining : 

  • Ewaan restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Breakfast buffet is offering good selection of international and arabic options. The freshly made omelette was just perfection.
    My only comment would be regarding the fresh juices. They have no description, so you have to kind of guess what’s inside. Also, no one came to offer coffee, or tea which is a basic service.
  • Tea Lounge serves a’la carte food and wide selection of cold and hot beverages

 


Facilities : 

My favourite area of the hotel is hidden in the lower ground floor. Professionally equipped gym with PT services, lovely swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

Spa treatments also available for a affordable prices but I didn’t’ try any during my stay.


Who is it for :

Mostly business travellers and GCC visitors.


What makes it special : 

  • decor
  • spa
  • quiet location

Not so good :

  • AC too strong / pointing directly at the head
  • small rooms
  • you can not walk anywhere due to the roadworks and slightly remote location

 

 

La Perle Dubai

LA PERLE : A new Franco Dragone mega show on its way to Dubai

In the second half of 2016, Dubai will dazzle its visitors with many new attractions, theme parks and shows. ( Read HERE )

The latest announcement is coming from the Al Habtoor Group and Franco Dragone.

This world famous artistic visionary is currently producing brand new show “La Perle” just for Dubai.



1300 seat purpose-built water theatre is located at the St.Regis hotel in Al Habtoor City currently being built near Dubai Downtown.

La Perle Dubai


The show is scheduled to open in December 2016 and will feature 65 artists performing breath-taking aqua and aerial acrobatics in 2,5million litres of water tank with 2 shows a day.

According to the creator, this extravaganza will be so far his most awe-inspiring and technically advanced production. Franco Dragone has already shows in Las Vegas, Macau, London and New York.

Stay tuned for more.

IMG WOA

IMG WORLD’S of ADVENTURE : Opening Date Announced !

The world’s biggest indoor theme park 
 the IMG World’s of Adventure in Dubai will be opening on 15.8.2016

Write this date into your calendar as we have a lot to look forward to. The indoor theme park includes following zones :

  • Marvel – action pack zone with attractions based around the Hulk, Spiderman and more.
  • Lost Valley – Dinosaur rollercoaster and all rides themed around the Jurassic period.
  • Cartoon Network Zone – play area for Kids based on Ben 10, Lazy Town and much more.
  • IMG Boulevard – retail options and dining outlets
  • Novo Cinemas – IMAX & 12 screen multiplex

The theme park size is about 28 football fields and includes more than 20 rides.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 29th April and will be priced AED300/adult

IMG WOA
How IMG WOA should look once open
motiongate dubai

DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS : Motiongate Construction Update

Only 5 more months and the highly anticipated Dubai Theme Park complex will open to all of us #October2016

Hopefully we all meet and run through the gates of the Motiongate Theme Park including Dreamworks, Smurf Village, Sony Pictures Studio, Lionsgate and Studio Central Zone to try all the fantastic attractions.

As per the chairman of DPR Abdullah Al Habbai, the project is 88% finished and 70% of infrastructure completed.

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Motiongate Theme Park

Let’s have a look at a new animation and construction update from this Hollywood inspired park which was published at the UAEproject Instagram account

UAE Project Video

For all details, map of the park, list of the rides and more, please czech my previous posts from Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Thank you to #UAEPROJECT for kindly letting me post the video link. See all other exciting projects at UAEproject Instagram account.

motiongate theme park

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS : Complete list of Attractions at Motiongate theme park

Are you getting excited about the upcoming theme park complex in Dubai ?

Have a sneak peek at the full list of thrilling rides and attractions we can look forward to in the Motiongate park and start planning your trip 🙂

The movie based theme park will have 4 Zones and Main Street called Studio Central.

Opening #October2016

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View at the Motiongate theme park layout
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Artistic Impression of the Studio Central Street

SONY PICTURES STUDIO :

1. The Ghostbusters Ride

“Battle For New York” will be an interactive dark ride that also involves a shooting game – you’ll have to shoot at different moving targets to gain points.

2. The Green Hornet Coaster

Fast rollercoaster called the High Speed Chase full of sharp turns and dizzying drops.

3. The Underworld Ride

4D theatre ride – scary moving and vibrating seats with mist and air effects.

4. Blast Off Drop Tower

Zombieland movie themed, one-of-a-kind 56m high tower,that will send riders shooting to the skies

5. Hotel Transylvania 

Explore a giant 2800 square meter castle, on a charming coffin-like carriages with Gothic flair, while following the bon voyage party for Mavis! Expect surprises!

6. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 

Splashing fun and adventurous river flume expedition. Head deep into the heart of the lush jungle setting of “Sparkswood Foodimal Preserve”. Riders will get up close and personal with the phenomenal foodimals created by young inventor Flint Lockwood and his meteorologist friend Sam Spark.

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Sony Pictures Zone Gate Entrance

LIONSGATE ZONE :

1. The Hunger Games Train

The Capitol Bullet Train ( high speed train Katniss takes to the Capitol in the movies ) will be a thrilling launched outdoor roller-coaster. It’s being dubbed “360 degrees of thrill”.

2. The Hunger Games aerial tour

The Panem Aerial Tour will be a 3D motion simulator during which you’ll feel like you’re riding a soaring hovercraft. Similar to Soarin ride in Disney Epcot.

3. Step Up Show

There also will be a stage show themed around Step Up movie. You can expect live hip hop dancers, singers and rappers.

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Lionsgate Zone Entrance

DREAMWORKS ZONE :

1. The Shrek Ride

This dark ride is called the Merry Fairy Tale Journey and it is in the dark. It revisits the story of how Shrek and Fiona met + some interactive elements.

2. The Swamp Celebration

Shrek themed family ride during which you sit in a hollowed-out log that glides and spins.

3. The Madagascar Ride

Rollercoaster called the Mad Pursuit. It’s the fastest in the park. The journey will be windy and full of sharp turns.

4. The Kung Fu Panda Ride

Named Unstoppable Awesomeness, this will be a 3D theatre experience full of special effects.

5. The How to Train Your Dragon Ride

Suspended rollercoaster that soars high above. It will feel like flying a dragon. There also will be a How To Train Your Dragon water play area for the hot days.

6. The Swinging Viking

Also based around How To Train Your Dragon, this will be a Viking ship that swings back and forth.

7. Fountain of Dreams 

The list wouldn’t be complete without a fountain with a water and light effects.

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View at the Indoor Dreamworks Zone Entrance

SMURFS VILLAGE :

1. The Smurfs Studio Tour

Family ride on which you’ll see inside the Smurfs’ working studio.

2. Smurfs Village Express

This is a family rollercoaster taking you on a trip through Smurf Village.

3. Woodland Play Park

An adventure playground with rope bridges, slides and mushroom-shaped houses.

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Smurfs Village

 

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Motiongate Park Zoning

 

dubai opera

DUBAI OPERA : Construction update ,PlĂĄcido Domingo & opening day !

Only 4 months to go and the Dubai Opera House will be opening its door for the very first time.

The opening date was announced, so put August 31st 2016 in to your diary. The one and only 
Plácido Domingo will take over the stage of the 2000 seat auditorium.

After the legendary spanish tenor, we can look forward to Andrea Bocelli, Russian State Ballet, Viennese Orchestra, Magic show the Impossible, Jose Carreras, Hussain Al Jassmi or the Nutcracker on Ice in December.

So far, facade is in its final stage of construction and hectic work is happening all inside and around the new building, which design is based on traditional arabic vessel
the Dhow.

Enjoy the latest photo update and come back for more soon!

 

 

lost chambers aquarium

LOST CHAMBERS : Discover with me the lost chambers of Atlantis

The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a beautifully designed attraction bringing to life the mythical sunken city of Atlantis.

Short drive from Dubai Marina divides you from an extraordinary world lost thousands of years ago deep beneath the sea.

As a big fan of all things aquatic, I have visited many aquariums around the world. Sydney, Singapore, San Francisco and Lisbon all have worthy exhibits but the detailed theming and rich storytelling in The Lost Chambers are on another scale.

Don’t miss a visit to this aquarium while in Dubai.


 


You can slowly discover 10 mythical chambers with 21 exhibits which are home of more than 65.000 animals.

Learn about Atlantean civilisation through architecture, artefacts and stories. You can let your fantasy run wild…


Most impressive chamber is definitely the Seven Sages
geniuses of the  Atlantean civilisation. In the middle of the room is an organic computer over the throne of King Atlas.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t there at the time, so I sat in and warmed up the throne a bit for him.


Red Sage chamber showcase an astronomical chair and telescopic mask.  The were used by Sages to study the stars.

By reading from the stars, they were predicting the success of harvest season. Except that, the views through the windows are just spectacular.


The newest residents of the aquarium are two albino Alligator brothers.

They were jumping out, so they have to placed some glass around their pool. Alligators live underneath of the Abyss elevator used as a transporter for miners searching for minerals.

The Alien shaped cocoon is made of bronz and leather.


Blue Sage chamber was the martial art training room for the Atlantean’s.

A control terminal was activated to allow warriors to retrieve weapons. That’s why piranha aquarium is placed in this room too.


 

If you wish to learn more about the species, interactive touch screens are located next to each exhibit.

Of course, there is a souvenir shop too…


BEFORE YOU GO :

  • opening time 10am-10pm
  • price : AED 100 / resident rate AED 75
  • activities  : Diving, Snorkelling, Behind the scenes Tour / priced AED 75 – 1.850
  • FREE valet parking
  • best time of the day is between 12-3pm
  • get value package with Aquaventure Waterpark – czech my Post here! 
  • location : Atlantis Hotel Palm Jumeirah

 

 

 

emirates b777

ADVICE : 22 best seats on Emirates B777

No matter, if the next flight is your first, or just the latest. Flying isn’t splendid experience anymore and economy class flying can be a very tense experience.

It’s important to plan ahead and get the best seat to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Nearly 45 million of us were flying on-board of Emirates aircrafts in the past year. You can visit more than 150 destinations in 80 countries with an easy transfer via DXB airport.

In this post, we will be having a closer look at Boeing 777.

As a frequent flyer, I have “tested & verified” all different aircrafts and seats to help you choose the most suitable seat on your next journey.

Note, that the perfect economy seat doesn’t exist and I am just trying to suggest the best seat possible and describe the good/bad for each selection.


Emirates has 3 different types of passenger airplanes in it’s fleet :

  • A330 -18 aircrafts ( up to 278 passengers )
  • B777  -135 aircrafts ( up to 442 passengers )
  • A380 – 67 aircrafts ( up to 617 passengers )

The best seats on the Emirates B777 aircraft.

Configuration 3-4-3 gives doesn’t give much choice for a good seat, but the rear of the aircraft offers some surprisingly good options.

Why is this aircraft good : 

  • backbone of Emirates fleet
  • well serviced, efficient and safe
  • good “ICE” entertainment system with touch screen + “nose” camera
  • Wi-Fi on most of B777-300 ER (ER=extended range )

Not so good : 

  • crammed feeling
  • seats aren’t too comfortable
  • seat pitch 32″ of is not enough for flights over 6 hours.

The Best seats : 

Last Rows ±35-50 A/B & J/K  last 3-4 rows / 6-8 seats are the only “twosome” seats on both sides.

  • NOTE that there is 6 types of Emirates B777’s but all of them have 2 seats at the rear so check once you book you flight.

Why ? :

  • row 35 (777-200) or 46 (777-300) are the BEST from all double seats.
  • only double seats on the airplane ( no middle seat )
  • privacy feel
  • sense of space
  • close to the back galley for refreshments
  • great for couples
  • no TV box under seat in front of you
  • usually less passengers in rear of the aircraft
  • unobstructed views

Not so good  :

  • last one to disembark ( not good if you have tight connection )
  • more turbulence at the back of the plane
  • engine noise
  • difficult to lean against the wall due the gap

2nd Option :

Row 26  ( 6 Emergency Exit Seats on left / right side – row vary by aircraft, so CHECK ! )

Why ?:

  • unlimited leg room
  • window or aisle seat
  • sense of space
  • one of the first to disembark

Not so good :

  • TV must be stowed during take off / landing
  • close to bathroom and bassinet area ( noise )
  • gets cold due to emergency door proximity
  • seats are narrower due to folding table in the armrest
  • no pocket for personal belongings
  • you cannot book them in advance and only available at the check-in, so get there early !

Business class :

It’s worth to upgrade for a flights over 8 hours, especially during “red eye” flights.


First Class :

If you like to spoil yourself 🙂


Don’t forget :

  • adapter for earphones
  • lower back cushion for more comfortable journey
  • get on the plane early to assure space in the overhead bin as they get full very quick
  • ear plugs or invest into a good pair of noise cancelling earphones. Bose are the best.
  • scarf and eye mask
  • select your seat during booking and check-in as soon as you can to assure your desired seat. Emirates now offers check-in 48 hours prior the scheduled departure !
  • check few days before departure if your seat wasn’t swapped due to change of the aircraft !
Emirates A380

ADVICE : 20 best seats on Emirates A380

No matter, if the next flight is your first, or just the latest. Flying isn’t splendid experience anymore and economy class flying can be a very tense experience.

It’s important to plan ahead and get the best seat to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Nearly 45 million of us were flying on-board of Emirates aircrafts in the past year. You can visit more than 150 destinations in 80 countries with an easy transfer via DXB airport.

In this post, we will be having a closer look at the A380 aircraft.

As a frequent flyer, I have “tested & verified” all the different aircrafts and seats to help you choose the most suitable seat on your next journey.

Note, that the perfect economy seat doesn’t exist and I am just suggesting the best seat possible based on my own experience + describe the good/bad for each selection.


Emirates has 3 different types of passenger aircrafts in it’s fleet :

  • A380 – 67 aircrafts ( up to 617 passengers )
  • A330 -18 aircrafts ( up to 278 passengers )
  • B777 -135 aircrafts ( up to 442 passengers )

The best seats on the Emirates A380 aircraft

In my personal opinion…A380 is the best way to fly in economy class today, because :

  • the latest comfy seat design
  • 10inch personal touch screen with touch* remote control ( *the newest A380’s  )
  • 19 inch wide seat
  • spacious feel and quite cabin
  • very steady in the air
  • generous washrooms
  • space to walk or stretch

The Best Seat :

Row 68 + 81 A/K ( both window seats )

Why?  :

  • Unlimited leg room
  • No need to stack your TV during take-off/landing
  • No need to disturb anyone while leaving the seat
  • No disturbance from other passengers
  • Easy to lean against the wall ( great for a little nap )
  • Right next to the emergency exit door
  • Middle of the plane – centre of a gravity and least turbulence
  • One of the first to get served in this section of the plane
  • Feels somehow private and quieter

Not so good :

  • Only 4 seats on the plane
  • Gets cold during long haul flights

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2nd Option :

Row 51 D/G  ( last middle row in the first cabin / left or right aisle seat only  )

Why ? :

  • Slightly limited  recline ( but very small difference )
  • Very spacious feel thanks to the emergency doors on each side
  • Private feel ( no row of seat on each side )
  • No kids nearby as this is the last row
  • Proximity to the lavatory isn’t bothersome as there is lot’s a space around
  • Front cabin is the smallest one and offers less crowded feel
  • Front cabin = one of the first to disembark

Not so good :

  • Gets colder due to close proximity of emergency door
  • Last to be served in this cabin during meal time

3rd Option :

Row 50 A/K  ( last side row of front economy cabin / window seat only  )

Why? :

  • Front economy cabin is the smallest and feel quieter and more private
  • No one behind you ( esp. good with touch screen TV’s
no “knocking” )
  • Unobstructed view from window seat in this row
  • Spacious feel
  • Ideal for those who wish to sleep most of the flight

Not so good :

  • Slightly limited recline
  • Not easy to get out due to passengers sitting next to you

4th Option :

Row 43 / 67 / 80 – 12 Emergency door seats

Many travellers prefer emergency seats, but these are difficult to get as they are reserved for Skyward Gold members, downgraded passengers from business class and “friends”.

Seats are narrower and you have to stow the TV during take-off and landing. I also feel kind of exposed seating on those, but if you have a long legs this the the best.

You can always ask for those at the check-in…so get there early!


Don’t forget :

  • adapter for earphones
  • lower back cushion for more comfortable journey
  • get on the plane early to assure space in the overhead bin as they get full very quick
  • ear plugs or invest into a good pair of noise cancelling earphones. Bose are the best.
  • scarf and eye mask
  • select your seat during booking and check-in as soon as you can to assure your desired seat. Emirates now offers check-in 48 hours prior the scheduled departure  !
  • check few days before departure if your seat wasn’t swapped due to change of the aircraft !

 


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