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Wadi Adventure in Al Ain مغامرات الوادي في العين

During one of my weekend trips to Dubai, I wanted to do something different than the usual. A friend of mine had previously recommended that I check out this adventure park and that was I thought of doing for a day.

We had rented a car in Dubai, and drove to Al Ain. The total drive was around 1 hour 40 minutes to Wadi Adventure.

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Wadi Adventure Park

خلال زياره من زياراتي الى دبي في عطلة نهاية الاسبوع، كان في بالي أسوي شي مختلف عن المعتاد. صديق لي اقرح اني أشوف هالمكان للمغامرات في العين.

كنا مأجرين سياره في دبي، فقررنا نروح يوم ونرجع. استغرقت الرحله في السياره حوالي ساعه و 45 دقيقه الى مغامرات الوادي

Activities and things to do:

  • Surfing
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Airpark
  • Wakeboarding
  • Swimming

 

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One of the offered activities: AirPark

 

I enjoyed the place but definitely NOT in July. They need to work ALOT of making it summer friendly because it was too hot to enjoy anything except the rafting experience.

الجو كان وايد جار فا أنصح زيارتها لمن يكون الجو براد عالاقل لأن الأحبال تكون جاره وماكو أي تجهيزات خاصه للجو الحار

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Rafting in Wadi Adventure

PS. Make sure you call them beforehand and make sure the activities are working/operating!

للمزيد من المعلومات اضغط هنا

For more info, click here

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Remember.. “Life before work”.

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Meliá Dubai

I was excited to hear about the opening of this Spanish hotel in the middle east. It is the first Spanish 5* Hotel in the Middle East, how can I say no to a weekend stay in this place?

A little bit about Meliá Dubai:

A well-kept secret in the heart of the city, Meliá Dubai is the first 5 star Spanish hotel in the Middle East. Designed by a Milan based architect, the hotel has a fresh, modern air geared to make your stay truly exceptional. It is cutting edge in style and located in one of the most important destinations in the world. Expect visually entertaining interiors with contemporary art pieces from all over the world and 164 stunningly decorated rooms & suites, state-of-the-art meeting space and business facilities, reflecting the urban glamor of this flourishing metropolis.

As my readers & friends may know, i’m a regular in Dubai. This time and for this particular visit, I made sure to plan around and see old Dubai!

Some people do not prefer the advanced modern Dubai, if you are one of those or seeking a change in scenery, then I strongly recommend you to stay in Melia, and check out the surrounding attractions & areas.

My Stay at Melia:

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I stayed at the 7th floor which is called “The Level”. It is basically an exclusive level where it has its own tea lounge/breakfast area.

Long story short: I absolutely loved the room. Comfortable bed, advanced technology/tv, coffee machine; total comfort.

My favorite part was the rooftop pool. It wasn’t extremely quite nor extremely busy it was a mix of both. Make sure you go early, as spots are taken fast. One thing I did not like about the pool area, is that there is no service at the pool – all orders come from room service which leads to a delay in getting the order. Otherwise, it was pretty nice.

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  • Complimentary WIFI in the entire hotel (speed could be better)Melia pool

Lastly from my experience at the hotel was my dinner at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Indian Restaurant. Hands down, one of the best Indian cuisines I’ve tried. I was positively shocked by the quality and the design; very authentic.

When you enter a restaurant, and see many of the crowd are from the same nationality as the cuisine; rest assured it’s a good one.

The Surrounding Area

This is where old Dubai is. Located close to the World Trade Centre, Gold & Spice Souqs, historical Bastakiya, Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek, the hotel is perfectly situated within a short reach to Dubai’s main shopping and commercial districts like the iconic Burj Khalifa and only 10 km away from Dubai International Airport.

Exploring Old Dubai..

Exploring Old Dubai..

The best part of the location is its closeness to the airport (DXB); it took us around 15 mins to get to the hotel after we rented a car.

…And that’s a wrap!

Thank you Melia for a pleasant stay – I will most likely visit again!!

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For more about my stay in Melia, check out my instagram account @Hello965 or browse through the hashtag #hello965dubai 

Top 15 Destinations in 2015

I always see many ‘top 15’ or ‘top 10’ destinations in 2015 in maany different places. However, this one by Peggy Goldman I really like and agree with on multiple destinations. Here you go.

1. Thailand. Thailand saw a significant dip in traffic in 2014 after governmental unrest, but Thailand is sure to come roaring back in 2015, with industry predictions of 29 million visitors by year end. These numbers aren’t really surprising, though, as Thailand continues to be one of the most beautiful, spiritual, and welcoming destinations on the planet.

Hello965: Now in my opinion, Thailand would definitely not be #1 on my list of places to see in 2015. However, there are lovely hidden places in Thailand that you must see! Other than Bangkok and Phuket.

2. Iceland. As more travelers seek authentic experiences which also reflect their worldviews, Iceland has emerged as a top travel destination. The Land of Fire and Ice showcases the world’s natural beauty at sites like the famous Strokkur geyser, the natural hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, and of course, the contemplative wonders of the Northern Lights, while Reykjavík, the nation’s capital, offers plenty of great restaurants, night spots and northern culture.

Hello965: Iceland is for sure one of the places I really want to see. I’ve heard AMAZING feedback from different travelers.

3. Cuba. Everyone’s talking about this island just 90 miles from Florida’s coast that has been the forbidden fruit of travel for Americans for more than 50 years. With the recent announcement of the U.S. restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and a general loosening of rules regarding travel, there’s no better time to visit the island nation than 2015, before everything changes. For the true explorer, Cuba is one of the most amazing travel experiences possible, and to enjoy the island as it is right now, you better hurry before the country is forever changed by Western influences.

Hello965: Yup, 2015 destination yes yes.

4. Greece. Greece is back, and I couldn’t be happier (Metoo!). After years of a tourism downturn brought on by economic turmoil, visitors are finally returning in droves, ready and eager to experience the beauty, culture, and flavor of this Mediterranean paradise. While Athens is considered the crucible of Western civilization and definitely worth a visit, it’s the islands that lure visitors back again and again. These magnificent islands are every bit as gorgeous, romantic, laid back, and fun as any place you can find on earth. There’s Mykonos for romance, Santorini for breathtaking beaches, Crete for natural wonders, and so much more to discover.

5. Malaysia. A trip to Malaysia is like visiting two worlds at once. Peninsular Malaysia embraces Chinese and Indian influences resulting in richly spiritual, though thoroughly modern nation, while Malaysian Borneo — which is split from West Malaysia by the South China Sea — encompasses the country’s wilder side, with dense, mysterious jungles and ancient cultures living according to tradition. All of this, plus some of the absolute best cuisine on the planet, make Malaysia a 2015 must-see!

Hello965: I would remove Malaysia from 2015 must-sees. I’d add Zanzibar instead.

6. Croatia. Croatia is the hidden gem of the Mediterranean. Long overshadowed by its famous neighbors, Italy and Greece, it will continue to grow into its own in 2015 and transition into a true Mediterranean hotspot. Turquoise waters, sun-drenched beaches, and hundreds of quaint islands make it the ideal destination for any traveler who seeks leisure at its finest. Some of the most complete Medieval walled cities are found here, along with pristine forest, sparkling lakes, and incredibly friendly, welcoming locals.

Hello965: If you haven’t been to Croatia, this should go as #1 in your 2015 travel list.

7. Dubai. As the United Arab Emirates continues to develop into one of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations, Dubai stands out as the ultimate international getaway for the world’s rich and famous. Yet, travelers don’t have to be international superstars to visit this luxurious city. In fact, Dubai welcomed 5.8 million visitors in the first half of 2014 alone. And no wonder. How many hot desert locations can you name where you can enjoy the beach (we’re talking hot weather) in the morning and then, spend the afternoon skiing at an indoor resort attached to a fabulous designer mall? That’s not the only thrill travelers will discover in Dubai. Try soaring to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to check out a view. Or, how about a visit the Burj Al Arab, among the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the world, where a fleet of 25 Rolls-Royces stand at the ready in the courtyard to chauffer guests about. It’s that kind of place, but you have to see it to believe it.

Hello965: For me, Dubai is a second home! If you have never been before, must see!

8. Vietnam. Vietnam has recently been named one of Trip Advisor’s Destinations on the Rise for 2015, with the port city of Da Nang ringing in praises from travelers across the world. But Vietnam has much more to offer than a beautiful coastline. Explore Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), a city that perfectly unites the energy of a world-class metropolis with the quaint sophistication of a French village. Here, as in all of Vietnam, the preferred mode of transportation is the motorbike, and I’ll bet you’ll find watching the veritable river of traffic negotiating the road among your favorite attractions. Or sail through Ha Long Bay, an inlet with emerald waters and otherworldly limestone cliffs, known as karsts, protruding from the water in random patterns. In addition, Vietnam is foodie heaven. You can eat your way throughout the country, including the street food, enjoying cuisine that is amazingly fresh and delicious.

9. South Africa. The 2014 Ebola scare deterred travelers from visiting Africa, but as the panic has subsided and travelers have realized that South Africa is Ebola-free, tourists are once again eager to get up close and personal with the Big 5 — lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceroses — while on an authentic African safari. South Africa is also one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with a rainbow population, a gay-friendly attitude, townships like Soweto which produced Nelson Mandela, among the world’s greatest leaders, and cities like cosmopolitan Cape Town (I love you, Cape Town) and historic Johannesburg. And by the way, among the finest wines in the world are found in South Africa, and you won’t have any difficulty finding great food to pair with those great wines, either.

10. Japan. More than 13 million travelers will have visited Japan in 2014, and tourism numbers are only expected to increase next year. Japan is a land built upon ancient traditions, but since its introduction to the Western world, the island nation has adopted an entirely modern persona while maintaining tradition. Travelers can visit the bustling streets of Tokyo — one of the world’s most modern metropolises — and then just as easily hop a high-speed train to explore the ancient pavilions of Kyoto. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the world is found in Japan, and when it comes to color, there’s nothing like the cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring. Japan’s a unique, fascinating cultural destination, and it will continue to grow in popularity in today’s interconnected world.

Hello965: Yes yes and yes.

 

11. Costa Rica. Costa Rica is finishing up a stellar year for tourism, with some 27 million tourists visiting the country in 2014 alone, and experts are predicting visitor numbers to continue to rise in 2015. And it’s no surprise. Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America, one that boasts incredible ecosystems, including tropical rainforests, cloud forests, mountains, rivers, volcanoes, and coastline on both the Caribbean and Pacific. As a nation, it’s a pioneer in environmental protection, with a huge part of its land mass set aside and protected by law. The people, affectionately known as “Ticos” are amazingly friendly and welcoming, and you’ll be hard-pressed to resist joining them in their enthusiasm for their country. It’s the ultimate destination for those who cherish the purity of nature and are seeking a little adventure along the way.

12. Egypt. It’s been four long years since Egypt has been on our radar as a “must visit” spot, but now that the political situation has stabilized, tourists are returning in ever greater numbers to see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the mythical Sphinx, and King Tut’s tomb, plus other antiquities along the Nile. Egypt is one of those bucket list destinations that everyone plans to visit at least once in a lifetime, and for good reason. The historical and cultural treasures of Egypt are among the most important in human history. The Egyptian people are among the most hospitable in the world, and since Egypt is just starting to recover from a long touristic drought, the prices will never be this good again.

Hello965: I like Egypt but I’d remove Egypt, and replace it with Petra in Jordan.

13. China. China is a land where the ancient past perfectly meets the modern present, where the most populous country in the world is rushing to pull its citizens into the 21st century in record speed. Between the glistening skyscrapers of Shanghai, the incredible Terra Cotta Army in Xi’an, and the formidable, imposing Great Wall near Beijing, travelers can experience the best of the old and the new. China is full of contrasts, which makes it such a fascinating destination. You’ll find plenty of sleek, expensive cars sharing the streets with bicycle rickshaws, formal Tiananmen Square, with its huge portrait of Chairman Mao, overlooking People’s Park where citizens practice Tai Chi, learn to play ancient instruments, have an ear cleaning, and enjoy a cup of tea. And there’s so much more to see, do and experience, making China one destination that many travelers visit again and again.

14. Peru. For the third straight year, Peru has been named a top culinary destination by the World Travel Awards, placing it on par with France and Thailand as one of the world’s greatest food nations. Peruvian cuisine takes advantage of the nation’s diverse geography, which consists of jungles, coasts, and mountains, and combines it with European, African, and Asian influences to create unmatched global cuisine. While Machu Picchu is Peru’s initial draw, Peruvian food keeps travelers returning again and again.

Hello965: Can’t wait to see you, Peru!

 

15. Australia. Australia has long been one of the world’s most popular destinations, and 2015 will be no different. The nation’s unbeatable nightlife, world-class beaches, and unparalleled natural beauty — from the Great Barrier Reef to the Australian bush — make it a must-visit destination for all worldly travelers. Australia is a long way to travel from the USA, but it’s worth every minute of the journey. And with English as the spoken language, it’s easy to get around, meet friendly folks and participate in life the Aussie way. Why not add it to the 2015 bucket list?

Hello965: 2015 approved 😉

 

Now get out there, and see the world!!

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Dubai Hotel Recommendations

During my multiple visits to Dubai, I always choose to stay between the following areas: Downtown Dubai OR Palm Jumeirah. The choice is based on the activities I plan to do, or the reason of my visit.

 

Downtown Dubai

Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Other Locations

Hello965 Favorite Beaches in Dubai

Kite Beach

Kite Beach (Great for friends, kite surfers, surfers, and families)

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (Great for families, as well as small groups of friends or couples)

One & Only Royal Mirage (Friends, and Couples)

– Nasimi Beach (Friends, young Couples and families)

– Riva Beach Club (Friends, Couples)

– Zero Gravity

Meydan Beach Club

 

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE (Friends)

 

Barasti BeachBarasti Beach (Friends & Young Couples)

 

You got your own favorite spot? Add it to our list and share by posting your comment!

Have a beautiful sunny day xx

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Burger House – Dubai
During my visit to Dubai, My dear friend S and the girls suggested lunch @ the Burger House. “I will not allow you to leave Dubai without trying this place”, S Said. Ofcourse, I would never say no to a burger place.
OK, so maybe i’m guilty of eating unreal food “occasionally”. But that itself is just keeping it real, yo.
We sat outside, the weather was awesome.

Remember my recent obsession with Guacamole? Yeah so as soon as I glanced “Guacamole” in the Menu, I knew the burger I wanted to order. (Caliente Tex-Mex Burger)
I didn’t take a picture of everything, but here is some of what the girls ordered..
After the weather changed to being very windy and tissues started to fly around, we decided to continue eating indoors.
And Finally, ladies and gents, my great juicy burger arrives…
Conclusion: MUST-TRY/Extreme Yummyness!
Cheers!
FJ
P.s. NQ, ur obsession must be shared. Haha 😉