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Jennifer Obiuwevbi's Abu Dhabi Holiday Day 2 -February 2013-BellaNaija010From the moment I opened my eyes to the beautiful view from my hotel room, I knew it was going to be a great day. We had a rather quick breakfast and started our drive to the Falcon hospital.

Although I knew it was a falcon hospital, I secretly hoped I would not have to be in a room with any falcons, boy was I in for a big surprise. Immediately we entered the building the first thing I ran into was a large white female falcon that had been brought in for her monthly check up. Was I scared? Maybe, but fascination got the best of me. After I quietly edged out of the room we joined a tour group that had come on a business trip. Our tour guide Hassan Al Sarhan later entered the room to give us a crash course in Falcon 101. One of the many things that surprised me is that the falcons actually have their own passports and usually travel first class or business class. And here I’ve been all this while enduring economy class. sigh.

I wasn’t done seeing them yet. When the tour started we were ushered into the back room where the ‘patients’ were waiting to be attended to. The doctor on call explained what treatments the birds usually require including x-rays, endoscopy, blood tests and other basic treatments that humans require. Later he made a call to the brave for who would like to hold a falcon (which everyone answered) but when he asked for who would like to feed it, only one hand was up. Go figure! The tour ended with a trip to their moulting centre  where in the summer the falcons can come to shed their feathers and grow new ones in preparation for the hunting season in the winter.

Arrival at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Arrival at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Some 'patients' awaiting treatment

Some ‘patients’ awaiting treatment

The Falcon Museum & Information center

The Falcon Museum & Information Centre

Our Tour guide Hassan Al Sarhan with the Falcon passport

Our Tour guide Hassan Al Sarhan with the Falcon passport

Yeah I get serious like that

Yeah I get serious like that

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The waiting room

The Falcon knockeed out on the operating table in preparation for its checkup

The Falcon knocked out on the operating table in preparation for its check-up

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You can’t see it, but I was actually shaking

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Her name is baby. Baby the baby falcon

The brave one who didn't care of the falcon used her hand for desert

The brave one who didn’t care of the falcon used her hand for desert

The Falcon emergency Room

The Falcon emergency Room

The Moulting Centre at the Falcon Hospital

The Moulting Centre at the Falcon Hospital

Post Tour

Post Tour

Next up was the beautiful Yas island-  home to the Yas Viceroy Hotel and the Yas Marina Circuit; the favoured racetrack for Formula one legends and celebrities during the Formula 1 season in November. At the lobby we met with the Director of Public Relations and Communications Julie Audette and our make shift tour guide for the afternoon.

The hotel hovers over land and water and spans the Marina Circuit as well as the Marina which overlooks the Yas Marina & Yatch club. During our tour we took a look at the exquisite view of the race track and the yatch club, its vibrant restaurants, the ballrooms and board rooms and their regular and Presidential suites.

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The gorgeous view from the side of the Yas Viceroy Hotel and Resorts

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The grid at the top of the hotel actually changes colours at night

Jilie Aydette the head of PR

Julie Audette the Director of Public Relations and Communications & our tour guide

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A regular room at the Marina wing

A regular room at the Marina wing

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The view from the room…beautiful!

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I would love to wake up to that any day

The presidential suite

The presidential suite

Fully equipped kitchen (you even bring your own chef)

Fully equipped kitchen (you even bring your own chef)

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Had to snag a shot

Had to sneak a shot

To bring that part of the tour to close and build up enough energy for the next stop, the team lingered at the hotel for a nice lunch.

Nabeel Faris from the Tourism and Culture Authority and Benjamin Atonko From Daily trust digging in

Nabeel Faris from the Tourism and Culture Authority and Benjamin Atonko From Daily trust digging in

Dig in!

Dig in!

Our next stop was at the famous Ferrari World. As we drove into the big red building one of my companions caught the sight of a long track that looked a bit suspicious…but we’ll come back to that later.

The theme park is dedicated on one of the fastest cars in the world, the Ferrari, Formula 1 racers like Michael Schumacher & co. and everything fast paced. Even the employees seemed hyped on adrenaline. You could come and enjoy the miniature race track, the simulators, movies at Show Times, fine dining, the Ferrari gallery and fast paced games. After briefly meeting with the PR Support manager Arianna Posenato she took us to the main attraction The Formula Rosso, the fastest roller coaster in the world.

Although I wasn’t too keen on getting on a ride that took approximately 50 seconds, I went anyway. When I visit Abu Dhabi again, I will definitely go back on the Rosso.

welcome to Ferarri World

welcome to Ferarri World

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The big drop

The big drop

The Formula Rossa

The Formula Rossa

We completed that in 50 secs

We completed that in 50 secs

The Miniature race track

The Miniature race track

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Our day slowed down later on when we visited the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Set 11 meters above the ground, the mosque oozes sanctity and majesty from its gates to the inner parts of its walls.

The structure was started by the Late Sheikh Zayed and was created to portray what they believe is the appearance of heaven. With about 85 domes and a unique chandelier that ranks as the biggest in the world, the mosque is one of the top 10 mosques in the world including that of Mecca.

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Being that the mosque is a holy place and women are not permitted to enter without a hijab, we were asked to change into complimentary Hijabs and remove our shoes. A new experience, but as they say when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Sheikah Jennifer bin NIgeria...lol

Sheikah Jennifer bin NIgeria…lol

The flowers on the wall signifies their idea of heaven as a beautiful garden

The flowers on the wall signifies their idea of heaven as a beautiful garden

The words on the wall are the different names they call God

The words on the wall are the different names they call God

The largest flower decoration has 'Allah' inscribed on it and the empty one above it was left so because only Allah knows what should be there.

The largest flower decoration has ‘Allah’ inscribed on it and the empty one above it was left so because only Allah knows what should be there.

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The carpet im standing on   is the largest hand made one piece carpet. It covers the entire room floor.

The carpet I’m standing on is the largest hand made one piece carpet. It covers the entire room floor.

The second day of my trip had me screaming at the top of my voice on the Formula Rosso and calm with the devoted creed at the mosque. After a beautiful meal at the Mezlai restaurant at the Emirates Palace we returned to our hotel where I got very much needed rest. After all its not everyday you get to ride the worlds fastest coaster.

36 Comments

  1. Edith

    March 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    wow, breath taking, i imagined myself there at that moment

    • Royalty

      March 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Me too…I imagined myself there.. Its Magni- Beautiful, Maxi- exquisite! too beautiful a Place..Love love love!

  2. ti

    March 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Abu dhabi is a beautiful place

  3. Niki

    March 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    i av to visit Abu Dhabi ooo *crying*

  4. Sexxie

    March 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Lovely pics! Chaii! The Falcon hospital looks bigger & better than most human hospitals in Nigeria.

    • Berry Dakara

      March 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      You know?!!!

      *Dear God, please remove envy of Jennifer from my heart*

      :p

  5. Que

    March 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Now all that’s missing from ur Hijab get up is some serious gold jewellery!!

    • sweets

      March 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      she was workin naa no b pleasure trip

  6. Chum chum

    March 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Wow! wow!! wow!!! so refreshing to look at.

  7. Sara Adebayo

    March 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Mashallah! very nice !Well done Jenny

    • ArabianPrincess

      March 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Is dis same Sara Adebayo of UNilag who has relocated to Malaysia? If yes, kindly email me…”[email protected]

  8. dont mention

    March 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    wow……girlfriend i envy your job oh….see vacay….wow….happy for you dear and i hope i have that in my future
    vikkyscreed.blogspot.com

  9. peculiar

    March 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    i must visit abu dhabi ooo

  10. sherif

    March 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Nigeria..when,i tired for my country oooo

    ajetun.blogspot.com

  11. Olaoluwa

    March 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Seriously……..falcon hospital?

  12. say it

    March 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    So jealous….noted the country already…one of the places i would like to visit…Enjoy o…

  13. nich

    March 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    this is why i have said that eko atlantic city is the last hope for africa………………….the west vies south africa as a white mans land………..until we have a wonderful city like this in africa we can never be recognized

  14. jennietobbie

    March 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Bellanaija. this is absolutely beautiful. Jennifer, I’m glad you hadfun

  15. diamond

    March 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Chei! See what the Arabs used their oil money to do. In Nigeria, you get the exact opposite. Officially pissed.
    By the way, why are falcons paid so much attention? Is there something special they do over there? Or are the falcons coming from all over the world?

  16. Naija

    March 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    even birds have better hospitals than whats obtainable in Nigeria! God is on the throne and watching out leaders!

    • Royalty

      March 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      tell me about it! I was just wondering myself..and yet the Masses can barely go to a hospital like dis..na wa

  17. Mimi

    March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Everythn mkes sense,so happy il be goin dia next mnth,cant wait

  18. lilly

    March 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    next year.. January.. Abu Dhabi.

  19. Adee

    March 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    In Abu Dhabi we Love to party…

  20. uby

    March 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    i have been to the ferrari world in abu dhabi. it is all shades of awesome.

    • Let's read

      March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      I agree

  21. chic!

    March 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Abu Dhabi is beaurrriiful! Im excited already as i will b visiting der next month! Smiles*

  22. aunty

    March 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    inukwa! falcon hospital! ok now

  23. Nomy

    March 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Chei! I have fond memories of my trip to Dubai and its not even as cool as this Abu dhabi, am happy and jealous for you Jennifer, i so want to visit Abu Dhabi too!

  24. Maltida

    March 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    You forgotot o mention the maples outside the mosque even when its over 40 degrees it still very very cool if you put your bare feet on it

  25. Sad nigerian

    March 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hnnmmm will definetely add this to my list of places to visit next……Nigeria really needs to wake up…..all we do is just make noise and keep singing giants of Africa like that has made us improve…..even if its a town we develop as a tourist destination, ple will want to come there cos we have a lot to offer that most countries don’t have….I was in Nairobi and Tanzania recently and just saw how tourist were flocking in only to see the wild life etc……from the airport staff are so courteous and everything is run with that tourism mentality to please you and welcome you to their country. But the only people who come to nigeria are here to make easy money from the system, sadly as soon as you land all you see is hustlers begging money for doing their jobs….enforce said sha, God help us

  26. Winny

    March 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Naija must represent, see as Benjamin Atonko hold fork like shovel. Wetin u dey dig?

  27. FirstThingsFirst

    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    BAAAAA *crying* LOLlllll I need a vacation! darn!! Abu Dhabi Dubai etc take me away haha

  28. debby elias

    March 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    wooooooooow, super wonderful, i wonder how heaven will look like. may God bless me let me explore this beautiful place, nigeria when we will ever be like this? deep sigh

  29. Priscy

    March 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    wow…One of the places I have to visit

  30. Jamal

    March 21, 2013 at 1:00 am

    POINT OF CORRECTION… ITS NOT A FAVOURITE TRACK FOR F1 LEGENDS BECAUSE IT WAS OPENED In 2009.. So no f1 legend (Prost, Stewart, Senna etc) raced there except for Schumacher, who I believe never said it was his favourite. Y’all People keep coming up BS all day.

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