UAE Driving Trip 2012 – Abu Dhabi

Day 5. 10 April 2012. Our last day in Abu Dhabi. We spent visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Khalifa Park, passing through Capital Gate Tower, visiting Qasr Al Hosn (unfortunately closed), having lunch at Sari Rasa Indonesian Restaurant, souvenir shopping at Hamdan Center, peeking into The Souk Central Market (newly open), visiting Emirates Palace then Marina Mall, Heritage Village and Breakwater Area, and enjoying sunset overlooking Etihad Tower and Emirates Palace. Along the way, passing through corniche and driving around grid-system of Abu Dhabi roads. wrapped the day with dinner at Al Wahda Mall, just side-by-side with our Grand Millenium Hotel Al Wahda.

Here are some pictures.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (from south parking side)
Gold-plated pillars at Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven imported chandeliers from Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier is the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third largest in the world and has a 10 m (33 ft) diameter and a 15 m (49 ft) height
The courtyard with its floral design
Parts of the world's largest carpet
One of the chandeliers
One of the mosaic tiles in Grand Mosque
Men's ablution

Abu Dhabi City

Sheikh Khalifa Park


Grand Mosque seen from Sheikh Khalifa Park
Capital Gate Tower or Leaning Tower
A mosque in Qasr Al Hosn (currently closed for renovation)
Oh my...found the best 'gulai padang' in GCC here in Abu Dhabi - Restaurant Sari Rasa
The Souk Central Market
Inside The Souk Central Market

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace's Grand Arch
Emirates Palace
Inside Emirates Palace
another shot inside Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace
Etihad Tower with Emirates Palace fountains on the foreground

Heritage Village

Road to Breakwater Area. Seen here Marina Mall
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Enjoying view toward Abu Dhabi Corniche area from Heritage Village
Learning the life of Bedouin at Heritage Village
Heritage Village
At Heritage Village
View towards Abu Dhabi Corniche. In the afternoon watersports enthusiast will usually show their best
View toward Etihad Tower and Emirates Palace

Indonesian Restaurant

Just another visit to Indonesian Restaurant in Abu Dhabi

Grand Millenium Hotel Al Wahda

View from Grand Millenium Hotel Al Wahda
Abu Dhabi from the 47th roof top swimming pool of Grand Millenium Hotel Al Wahda

UAE Driving Trip 2012 – Ferrari World & Yas Island

Day 4. 9 April 2012. We left Dubai quite early, around 8am. An hour later we arrived at Yas Island. IKEA, our first stop, was not open yet. We decided to leisurely drive around Yas Island, an artificial island near Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is work in progress in Yas Island. When completed it will see 1,700 hectares development of attractions, residence and lodging, entertainment venues and leisure and other miscellaneous spot. Yas is home to Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World.

Yas Island - seen here red roof of Ferrari World
An interesting bus stop design at Yas Island
At the fence of Yas Marina Circuit 🙂
At Yas Island Public Beach (under construction) with Aldar 'Circle' Tower


Ferrari World

Ferrari World is Ferrari themed amusement park, featuring Ferrari based visitor experiences ranging from thrill attractions, to 4-D movie and to gallery. Here are some pictures inside Ferrari World. We were lucky that day that there are only minimum visitors making repeat entry entirely possible and take no time.

Ferrari World - right after out of parking area
Welcome Pavilion - to the left is Ferrari Store, right is ticketing offfices
Under the Ferrari's prancing horse


Formula Rossa track - the long horizontal track is where the car reaches 240kph in just few seconds


Scuderia Challenge
Fathan at Bell'Italia

A virtual tour inside Ferrari factory in Maranello
A virtual tour inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello


Ferrari Legends
Kids inside V12 - a flume ride through the heart of Ferrari 599 engine
Be a paddock team


La Gara Show
G Force - a spaceshot tower which launches riders up to 62m (at the time of visit was under maintenance)

Enjoy Ferrari collections at Galleria Ferrari


Racing Legends - a journey showcasing Ferrari's racing history



UAE Driving Trip 2012 – Dubai

Day 3. 8 April 2012. We left Al Ain and continued the trip to Dubai. A lot of information available on Dubai so I don’t want to repeat here. In fact, we only stayed for one night. From Al Ain, we took Road E66 (Dubai – Al Ain road) and directly headed to Hard Rock Cafe Dubai at Dubai Festival Center. Arrived there exactly when the store is open. 10am. Bought the 23th HRC shot glass, then left for Betawi Cafe – rated by many as the best Indonesian restaurant in Dubai. We’re not lucky, as they’re still closed – open only after 12pm.

Decided to check-in at Metro Central Hotel & Apartment with two stops: Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah (Atlantis Hotel). Our hotel is just at doorstep of one of the entrances to Dubai Internet City metro station. We parked our car at hotel and used metro to Dubai Mall. Centered around Kids interests: Kidzania, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, and The Dubai Fountain, we left Dubai Mall around 8pm to go to Mall of the Emirates for dinner with using metro.

We left Dubai the next morning for Abu Dhabi.

Enjoy the pictures below! …or more in my Facebook.

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai
Road E66 Dubai - Al Ain
Heading to Dubai Festival Center
Hard Rock Cafe Dubai for the 23rd shot glass
Jumeirah Hotel and Burj Al Arab
Atlantis Hotel Palm Jumeirah
At Dubai Mall
Inside the tunnel of Dubai Aquarium
Underwater Zoo
Burj Khalifa, waiting for The Dubai Fountain show