DUBAI : The W hotel is now open … step inside!

Dubai’s newest luxury hotel addition … the W just opened its door near the city’s Downtown area.

The W represents the second hospitality brand in the Al Habtoor City mega complex located by the soon to be complete Dubai Canal. Together with already opened St.Regis and soon ( Aug 2016 ) to be open The Westin, the development introduces a new landmark on the Dubai Map.

Artistic impression of the entire development

It doesn’t end here…3 luxury residential towers, shopping and entertainment, marina and state of the art water theatre by Franco Dragone named La Perle (read about it HERE) will create the new “place to be”!

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Entrance to St.Regis hotel with the W tower behind on the left side

The W hotel contains of 33 floors, 280 rooms, 76 spectacular uber-modern suites. Check-in desk on the 30th floor will take you breath away with the impressive views.

The hungry ones can choose from 5 restaurants, incl. Japan-Korean food inspired Namu or Mediterranean “Level Seven”.

The WET® pool deck and FIT® gym is located on the rooftop and pets are welcome.

Guests can except the unexpected together with the W famous Whatever/Whenever® Service…by pressing the Whatever/Whenever button on the hotel phone, you will be offered new luxuries like luggage free travel, thoughtful pillow menus, portable snacks for the plane ride home and more.

Enjoy the pictures 🙂

W Lounge and Hotel Lobby (Welcome Area)
W Lounge and Hotel Lobby (Welcome Area)
W Hotel - Wheels - Guest Receptio Area
W Hotel – Guest Reception Area
W Hotel - Spectacular Twin
W Hotel – Spectacular Twin
W Hotel - Marvelous King
W Hotel – Marvelous King
W Hotel - Marvelous King Bathroom
W Hotel – Marvelous King Bathroom
W Hotel - Level Seven Restaurant
W Hotel – Level Seven Restaurant
W Hotel - Fantastic Suite
W Hotel – Fantastic Suite


doha airport

DOHA : Fly from the world’s latest mega Airport

Doha’s Hamad Intl. Airport ( HIA ) has already been open for some time, but only recently, all works were finally completed, including landscaping and indoor glass sci-fi train, which quietly glides through the terminal.

Airports playing a substantial part of the travelling experience and a good airport can really enhance the entire journey.

HIA is the world’s newest mega airport and quickly become my second favourite (after Singapore Changi of course) due to remarkable architecture, smooth transfers and inspiring environment. The airport feels relaxed and not hectic compare to DXB airport to other busy airports around the world.

The massive departure hall is surprisingly quiet and subtle colour décor makes the space feel warm and calming. The dramatic curving silhouette reminds of an ocean waves. But let the photos speak for themselves…




HIA is home to Qatar Airways, competing with Emirates, or Etihad in terms of quality. In my opinion, QR and EY are more focusing on “premium” passengers but even so, economy class is far better than most European and all American carriers.

The Teddy bear …
Art installation by New York based Swiss artist Urs Fischer made of cast bronze. It is 7m tall and weighting 18 tons. Teddy was purchased through an auction for 6.8mil.USD. Ooops…

Now, enjoy some interesting facts:

  • Current capacity is 30mil. passengers, the full build out will be 50 million passengers per year.
  • Over 60% of the land the new airport sits on is reclaimed. The sea was buried so that the airport could sit where it does and not disturb the area around it.
  • While the airport does look like one massive structure, there are over 100 buildings.
  • HIA is 29 square kilometers big (11.2 Square Miles), that makes it the 9th biggest in the world.
  • 175 check-in counters / 16 lounges / hotel / spa / 50 F&B outlets / sleeping areas / Free fast Wi-Fi / Kids playgrounds / Free use of Apple Mac’s / endless shopping
  • Enjoy one of the 28 art installations by local, regional, and international artists.
  • The airport has 42 parking bays for aircrafts.
  • 4,850 metre-long Eastern Runway and 4,250 metre Western Runway which are 2km apart.
  • Three radar systems scans the runway 24/7.
  • Opened April2014



Dubai Opera

DUBAI OPERA : 71 days to the opening … Construction update

The opening of the performing arts centre in Dubai is stone’s throw away and the construction is getting into its final stage.

The Dubai Opera House in Downtown Dubai is scheduled to open on the 31st of August 2016 ( Read all about it HERE ) and its designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel.

2000 seat capacity auditorium will be possible to transform into 3 different “modes” within a minutes and offer variety of floor lay-outs from theatre, flat floor to concert venue.

Legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo will be the opening act, following by “A list” line-up for the rest of the year.

Enjoy the photos…

Main Entrance Side : 

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Side view :

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Front view : 

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POCO LOCO : “Barriga llena, corazón contento” …”full tummy, happy heart”

…czech why Poco Loco Restaurant quickly became my favourite spot to enjoy the weekend afternoons…

Location : on The Beach / front of JBR ( Jumeirah Beach Residence ) in Dubai Marina overlooking the  beach and currently constructed Dubai Eye Wheel ( Check HERE to learn more).

Price : Lunch for two ±Dh300 excl.drinks

Overview: Latin American restaurant spreading over two floors with direct access to the beach. Outdoor verandas are ideal for people watching ☺ or catching some tan during the less hot winter months.

Exciting, joyful interior full of colourful decor and great attention to details. From the upholstery, floor tiles, wall art and graffiti’s to celling with wooden doors… it’s a feast for the eyes and we didn’t even look at the menu yet…

Music is great too…

Service: On all occasions, the staff was always cheerful, welcoming and ready to explain the menu or recommend a dish.

Also, they were knowledgeable about the dishes and what are they made of. The feeling of being appreciated as a customer and the food (of course ) is what always brings me back.

Food: Inspired by rural street food of Peru, Venezuela and Mexico but with a modern twist. I just love the crispy tortillas of Mexican Huevo Rancheros with Quail eggs and mouth-watering Tacos with chicken and pineapple served on unusual long wooden tray.

For the beef lovers…Peruvian inspired Anticuchos of Beef Fillet skewers with green chimichurri sauce is also delightful.

Inspiring selection of mocktails is available, but to be honest…glass of cold Chilean Sauvignon Blanc would be my ideal selection.

The food doesn’t feel too heavy or greasy, so even the health conscious ones ( like myself ) can fully enjoy.

All creations look fantastic on colourful plates and always comes hot and ready to share,but I personally never do ☺

The menu was created by British chef Neil Witney.

The good:

  • tasty food
  • fair pricing
  • lovely interior
  • attentative service
  • location & music

The not so good:

  • missing the wine 🙂

Practical info:

  • Don’t forget to evaluate your parking token for a free carpark
  • Heavy congestions during winter months – use metro & tram or just walk ( Marina area )
  • Stay the afternoon on the beach and enjoy all the activities available – gym, splash pad, free Wi-Fi, subbed rental, water-sports etc.
  • Use the Entertainer voucher for main course – buy one/get one free
  • Opening hours: daily 11am – 12pm ( 1am Fri/Sat )


DUBAI EYE : World’s biggest observation Wheel…latest construction update photos

There has been a visible progress at the Dubai Eye construction site lately as it is heading towards the Spring 2017 opening.

The Wheel is being currently built on a manmade Bluewater Island in front of Dubai Marina and once completed, it will top the currently tallest wheel – High Roller in Las Vegas ( 167m / 550ft )

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Artistic Impression of Dubai Eye

The 210m ( 688ft ) tall structure will be able to carry up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules, and provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa.

Below are amazing photos from the year 2013 – 2015 and documenting the island construction…

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Its base will serve as an entertainment zone, and an 80m (260ft) LED screen will be mounted on the wheel creating an electronic platform for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information’s.

Retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones are being constructed around the wheel and all DH475 ($129 )mil. infrastructure is 80% finished.

Latest construction update – 5th June 2016

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The Island also opens first Venu branded hotel under the Jumeirah group umbrella and more than three million visitors is expected annually…

Stay tuned 🙂