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  1. Congrats to New leaders on the Leaderboard

    Ohhh! Thank you very much :) :) ok Jilly bean where are you.. happy dance time hehe* :) Thank you Tri-geek!
  2. The Big Sales Going On..so, what did you buy?

    Just wondering if anyone taking advantage of the National day offers to pay your traffic fines now ( then just pay half) as I know.
  3. Okay, we went to the Al Wathba Zayed Heritage Festival, It is a fairly straight drive. We went around 4 pm thus, finding parking close to the fort. It is a large beautiful fort too. Plenty of parking but with it being such a popular event each year the later you go, the harder it is to find good parking. When you enter, there is a check in screening procedure and there are tickets but not sure how much as son paid for them. Women go in one door with their kids and the men another but you end up same place inside. Wheel chair accessible too. The Festival is brilliant to be honest.. Last year I thought it was fantastic but this year is even better, it has more pavement area than sand now, it has many beautiful and different kinds of seating area, and also in the middle area lots of food stalls with all kinds of food to suit everyone's taste. Performances: We saw local performances ( dances) in various areas, and local children dance performances-and even international dance performances.. each having a stage in the center of their shopping stall area with each country labeled. All wonderful performances. I loved also watching a Chinese performance showing various slow fighting ?? or dance moves. That was really interesting to watch. Each country had their own costumes on and such beautiful colours too. It was really interesting to see the Ukrainians and other performers ( while on their breaks) dancing to the local folk songs. Shopping (local and International Stalls): I went to several places to shop like the UAE had a lot of traditional wear, houseware, ladies selling their homemade pickles of lemon, mangos, onions and the like, spicy butter, spice mixes, home incenses and so much more. We bought some pickles, and a couple of dresses for grand daughter. Then we saw the falcons so we got to stroke them too. Granddaughter kneeled near them but when they flapped their wings that was enough for her to move away lol. (Heritage) Traditional Sports: They have the camels, horses and Falconry of course, then you have the fishing village area where you to get to see fishing nets etc. being made. Local shows and Competitions: There is a live show like the Ramadhan competition where people are asked questions and win a cash prize--very popular with the locals- and even visitors. It ii live on TV too everyday from 7 pm-8 pm (Abu Dhabi TV), we watch it everyday if time allows, but yesterday we were there and are planning to go again and get a table nearby to watch the whole show. The male host in the show ( there is a lady too) gets the audience going and is really funny-he gives the show life and Mashallah everyone likes him, I think his name is Saeed and as my son said he is a very good actor in the threatre area regarding comedies. There are lots of Tv cameras everywhere at the ground. The Bands: The bands parade through the grounds in a circle, I loved that too. They go round one or two times, we were fortunately to see them twice and first was while we entered. The Fun Fair: There is a large fun fair on the grounds too, big Ferris wheel and all kinds of rides etc.. we didn't have time to go inside this area as we were already enjoying the Heritage area. Also , on the bridge ( where the lights are above you) at entrance and exit point, I saw people gathering around taking pictures of this man and asking a lot of questions. There was a statue there next to him, and I wondered what all the fuss was about lol, then son told me.. that isn't a statue, it is a man on some stick, ( that was absolutely still), wow, lol I was like so that's is why haha. You really have to see that! They have trolleys you can rent, and little car trolleys for kids to sit in, also saw those mall cars type transportation for anyone who needs to be driven around. I think I touch a lot of things but not everything to be honest. You really should go and have fun, the weather is perfect too -nice to feel the breeze on your face.! Well. that's it ladies, tried to give you a good detail above so , if you really want to see traditional ( and the world even) go here and see.
  4. Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2017 -al Wathba

    You're welcome Jillybean. Lol about the spending, yes, so many wonderful things to buy including some unique items. It really is very good you reminded everyone about the cash. I don't use cards anyway but I just put a budget in my purse and that way I don't overspend. Like you wish I had more money at times lol Discovered that I was portable pocket bank for family members when they realized I had cash!! But there was . by the way, a ATM machine there.
  5. The Lourve Abu Dhabi

    Just before UAE National day, I went with son and his wife to visit the Lourve Museum. I thought i would never get to visit but fortunately, I did. Such a beautiful and stunning place, People were fascinated with the architectural design of it all in and out not just what was inside it. On entrance, expect to get a check in airport -like screening, you walk through that doorway thingy and then you have your bags etc. screened. Lots of people had to hand over nail cutters, small scissors, etc. anything sharp. You are not allowed to place your hand on any of the outer wall area of those items that are closed in glass, even if you just wanted to get closer to read the fine print . Mind you i saw many placing their mobile phones on the ledges, leaning against it even and even some touching the mummies and not warned not to touch them .. hmmm.. Anyway, the visit was very nice and we got to see some famous items and art work such as The Whistler's Mother, Napoleon, statues of Roman figures, and Alexander the Great, pottery, flints, coins., and much more. We spent a reasonable good amount of time considering we had little grand-daughter with us, you might find children especially toddlers will get bored so take that in mind. They have a store there where you can buy souvenirs such as notebooks, key rings, magnetic badges ete. and books. They have a restaurant or cafeteria on exit of the Museum as you leave , but highly expensive, we bought juice for toddler-normal one you buy in bottles at store and it costs DH 25 !! so it was DH 50 for two, so be sure to take for baby if you need for afterwards. That was a shock to be honest! Overall: It is a trip I would happily want to go on again as it was all very interesting indeed. Definitely worth a visit!! It is a great thing to have The Louvre here in Abu Dhabi. It is wheel chair accessible also for those who want to know.
  6. From today, the International Falconry Festival Starts, it is a three day event. The activities will be held at Telal Resort, in Rehmah, Abu dhabi. On 8th and 9th December, the festival will move to Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi, Where various competitions and special tours will be help for the public too.
  7. Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2017 -al Wathba

    More info about this: There will be fireworks everyday and dancing water fountain displays. there are still National Day festivities going on as well, so hope you all enjoy. I am planning to go to the festival this week hopefully with son and his wife, we love these events. Last year, they had all the old traditional candies that were selling in the past-still around today but hard to find.. you can find them mainly in area such as Ajman and RAK etc.. Having said this, a lot of them are from the UK ( since many were imported) such as the traditional uk bubble gum , milk chewies.. and the list goes on. The first time around I bought two medhana (s) ( locally made with palm tree fronds ( quite expensive but hand-made!) , these are use to perfume clothing and prayer mats etc.. Last year I bought some nice scarf and a real leather handbag..plus, son and his wife bought the traditional candy. There is lots going on with the cooler weather here now, so will keep you all up to date as much as I can.
  8. Fireworks at corniche tonight ? ? ?

    Sorry , I was late in seeing this - but I think what they seem to do now is on the eve of National Day, there are fireworks at after 12 midnight and on National day the timings vary in different places between 8-9 pm. Sometimes above Emirates Palace, the Corniche, Yas island Al Wathba ( festival and they usually do fireworks throughout weekends during festival times ) . I never go to see them, only on TV but I do love to watching mashallah the fascinating aircraft displays but never get there --see them when I am as they pass over. And saw them over the Lourve when i did go there-- another post though :) There will be New Year Fireworks as always.
  9. Delivery Service for Remote Areas

    aww sorry to hear that tangerine, that is annoying for sure then :( Have you check the names to be sure, as Khalifa City is now called Sheikh Shakbout City ? Some places like McDonalds have their own websites and as far as I know they delivery there. Try the restaurants individual services. Also. take a trip to the pink shop areas in Khalifa A, and just inquire which will deliver to your area and take their brochures. Usually delivery services will ask you for your location by Whats App these days. We used to live in Khalifa City A for a few years and those small restaurants are well known locally and sell good food. Place like Khafaif, sell freshly baked fataya and phillo pies, you can also buy great roast chickens in a restaurant near that, there are several other restaurants there. Near where use to be Gean't ( now Carrefour) there is Pizza Hut, Hardees, Kebab place and Maroush ( great shawarma sandwich place)-so much more too.
  10. The Shiekh Zayed Heritage Festival has opened ( just 2 days now) at al Wathba, it is a great yearly event.. a must see. lots of things to see there, buy, and even the food stalls . I enjoyed the one last year, so hope to go again this year. You can buy local food products, spices, traditional garments, winter shawls, and so much more. Lots of entertainments and firework events too. Last year there was a classic car show event there. So, something for everyone. Note: This will last until 27th January, 2018. Nice time of the year too!
  11. Happy UAE National Day

    *~*~*~*~*~*HAPPY UAE NATIONAL DAY EVERYONE!!!*~*~*~*~*~* enjoy !! :) :)
  12. Please ask for receipts from small shops

    I have seen this hesitancy to give receipts at shops, laundries, and even Spinneys one time ( last week) too. I became suspicious when the cashier didn't want to close her till box straight away, she left it open waiting for me to leave. I always ask for my receipts now. I think laundries need to price the cost of each item also and not just place a large sum of total on receipt. Laundries are overcharging in some cases.
  13. With all the big sales going on, I was just wondering if anyone managed to get any super bargains or something you really wanted...I heard the super sale on in Dubai caused huge traffic jams too. I wasn't planning to go sale shopping but heard there was one at Home Centre, Dalma ( now over though) so, that changed my mind. A few months ago I saw this really beautiful, hand painted canvases of a set of vases -at the time it was a bit expensive so wasn't encouraged to buy it as much as I really did like it. I went again, and it must have been waiting for me as it was staring right at me lol. It was almost half price.. and the size, the colours and the actual vases were perfect for the upstairs living room. Sooo, you guessed it, it is now on my living room wall. I would have definitely bought another painting had I found the right size too but they were all bigger.
  14. Evening dress - looking for recommandations

    Wonderful! I hope you had/will have a wonderful time at the wedding :)
  15. Barbecue Ban in Abu Dhabi Parks?

    I have heard it is going on in some parks throughout the UAE , but you can only thank careless people for that- not clearing away all the garbage they bring with them, leaving an unsafe environment once they have left, and thus, the aim of all parks is to have a safe environment for families. There is a DH 500 fine in some places in the UAE.
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