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Yas Mall is the biggest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island.
I’t has three floors and a lot of shops. There is also the Ferrari world.
Here are restaurants and very big supermarket named Carrefour.
Carrefour is very big and has everything you can imagine.
If you want to buy spices, tea, sweets, food, you can find everything here and the choice is great.
You can buy hot rolls and cooked food on budget prices and if you travel on a budget you can buy your food here, it is very acceptable .
Here is also the money exchange, bank and hop on bus.
It’s a good way to spend some time and cool yourself on a hot day.
From Yas Mall you enter to Ferrari World.
Yas Beach is located on sands of Yas Island. It’s a private Beach and you have to pay an entrance fee to enter, but if you stay in Radisson Blue hotel (or other Yas hotel) you get the ticket for free from the concierge.
There is a infinity pool and kids pool, snack shop, towels for rent, pizza shop, beach lounge and the Yas beach store .
You can rent a Cabana if you want (too expensive for me) or use loungers for free.
It’s a sandy beach and probably nice if you are there in some other time and not in summer.
We were in Abu Dhabi in august and you can imagine how it is when the temperature is over 40 degrees.
We got on the beach around 10 AM and were the only one there, Yas beach just for us.
It was hot as hell and the water was very warm.
We looked around, dipped into water for a while and had the water on ice wich the waiter brings you to the beach (you can order other drinks an also alkohol).
After 11AM people start getting to the beach.
You have to take the bus to the beach or taxi – Yas Express bus is free and Radisson blue hotel has a complimentary bus that gets you to the beach for free also.
We were on the beach until 12 AM and decided to go because it was to hot.
It’s nice , but I saw a nicer beaches. If you have a ticket definitely go to the beach but if you have to pay for entrance I’m not sure is worth.
Our next stop is Yas Mall.
Hotel is not far from the Airport, 15-20 minutes by car.
We stayed here for 5 nights and the room was nice and clean, only the curtains were not nice, they should change them. They look old and not very clean.
The breakfast was very good, a lot to choose from.
The staff at the breakfast and the concierge were nice.
The reception staff could be little less sirious and nicer.
The pool is great – one for familiy with children and one just for adults.
Water was just little too warm. All in all we were satisfied.
There is a pool bar, 2 restaurants and a cafe.
Hotel has a free shuttle bus that takes you to the Yas Beach and Yas Mall.
For the Yas Beach you have to take a ticket at the hotel from the concierge because the beach is private and has a entrance fee if you don’t have a ticket from hotel.
There is also a Yas Exspress bus near the hotel that is free and takes you to all Yas attractions : Ferrari World, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Yas Beach, Yas Marina, Yas Links , Hotels & Yas Central.
On their website you can see the timetables.
We went from Zagreb , had a layower in Belgrade and then Abu Dhabi.
It was around 9 PM when we got to Abu Dhabi. We have passed customs control, they scanned our eyeballs and we went to get our luggage .
When the exit doors opened I thought I would die. We were hit by the heat, I never felt so hot.
My T-shirt was wet in a minute. It was like 39 degrees.
I expected the heat but this is something else, lot of humidity and high temperature.
Very unusual. We have in summer 35-38 but it doesn’t felt like that.
And it was night, during the day the temperatures went to 47-48 degrees.
The girl from Big Bus told us that in July they had 56 degrees. OMG, I can’t even imagine.
We wanted to take the bus to get to our hotel, we were situated on Yas Island, but there was no bus going there. And I have checked that on the internet and there should be a bus, but there wasn’t.
I learned that most information in internet about transport in Abu Dhabi is not really correct.
When we were looking for a bus, we found the machine that sells Hafilat card.
Hafilat – which means ‘buses’ in Arabic – is a pre-paid card that allows you to travel on public buses.
Temporary cards cost AED 5 and have a validity of 14 days.
These cards are issued at the main bus stations, a few shopping malls and the airport.
This is the best card for tourists.
We wanted to buy a card but the machine didn’t want to take our paper money – something was wrong with it.
Then a man approached us and asked if we need help. He bought us the card with coins and we gave him paper money. He was very nice and helpful.
Then we started to look for the bus and couldn’t find it. The second man came to us and asked us if we need help and he called the station and asked about the bus to Yas Island and it happened that there is no bus going from Airport to Yas.
I’m not sure if that it because we were out of the season there. I did find on the Internet that there is a bus, but there wasn’t.
We had to take a Taxi. He took us to our hotel and we checked in. Radisson Blue Yas Island.
In my next post I will write a little about the hotel.
It was late so we just took a walk around the hotel and then went to our room to take a much needed shower and sleep.
So, let’s start writing. I’ve been away for a while but now I’m back.
This summer I spend in UAE – United Arab Emirates.
As it happened my husband won a prize – a trip to Abu Dhabi with return plane tickets and 5 night stay at the Raddison Blue hotel + tickets for 2 Theme parks.
Everything for 2 person.
What happiness that was!! First we didn’t belive it, than we were very excited.
We had a lot of time to plan everything . The organizer was so kind they gave was to choose the travel dates so we could stay a few days longer and visit Dubai also.
It’s was great because our friend is living in Dubai and it was a chance to see her again.
All together we spend 12 days in UAE. 6 in Abu Dhabi and 6 in Dubai.
It was a new dimension for me, first time in such a different culture.
One of my favorite sculptures in Liverpool is Lambbanana.
The name says it – it’s part Lamb and part Banana.
Super Lamb Banana referenced Liverpool’s history of lamb and banana trade.
Sheep and bananas were common cargos in the docks of Liverpool.
The original Super Lamb Banana was a concrete and steel sculpture located on the Strand.
You can see them all over Liverpool in different colors.
It was originally created by artist Taro Chiezo and commissioned for the Art Transpennine Exhibition of 1998.
Chiezo only created a four-inch model and the full size was made by four local artists: Julian Taylor, Tommy Reason, Andy Small, and Ray Stokes.
They are super cute and a trademark of Liverpool – you can buy them for souvenir.
I got me a little yellow fridge magnet lambbanana.
This weekend in a town called Sveti Martin na Muri in Croatia’s county of Međimurje the Trash and Burn festival was held.
This is the ninth festival and the first I visited. Finaly.
Trash & Burn is an international meeting of fans of American cars and American retro style of life.
There are numerous European and world bands, artists, pin-up models and exhibitors.
And great Rock’nRoll music that I love 🙂