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Are you looking for a perfect Staycation with kids & family? Abu Dhabi is the answer.

What you all do during weekends? I generally prefer to explore a new place, food, or take my daughter to some new attraction where she will learn about its heritage and history. So, this month we visited Abu Dhabi. As it was not a long weekend and we don’t want to plane to go outstation visit, then we decided to explore a nearby place which will be suitable for Kids and family. So, a trip to Abu Dhabi is the perfect answer. We explored the options for beautiful and budget hotels and resorts and booked one friendly resort for a great family stay.

Let’s know a bit about Abu Dhabi:

The United Arab Emirates or UAE doesn’t need any introduction. It is a country of Gold, Real estate, Money, Oil, and glitz. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and after Dubai, it is the most populous city in the UAE. UAE has seven Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, and it is the biggest amongst all the Emirates. 

Various UAE’s Government offices are situated in Abu Dhabi, including the UAE Government, as the President of the UAE stays here. Abu Dhabi is the major contributor to the UAE’s economy with its industries, oil, and gas reserves. 

Let’s begin with our FUNFILLED detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Most of the people either reach late in the evening or early morning at Abu Dhabi, so it will be great if we will keep the 1st daylight and happening. So, it will be great if we will start with the cultural and heritage understanding of this place.

  1. SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE: (9:30 AM – 11:30 AM) The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the pride of Abu Dhabi because of its tranquility and beauty. This Mosque is an accurate picture of architectural development and the heritage inherited from the late President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Mosque is made from marble, gold, stone, semi-precious stones, ceramics and various crystals. The construction of the Mosque began on 5 November 1996, and it is operational since December 2007.

It is one of the most visited places in Abu Dhabi and highly managed. Parking is easily available. There is a mall on the ground floor of the Mosque. checking. You will be guided towards the last point where if you are wearing the clothes which are not appropriate as per Islam, they will ask you to wear Äbaya (for Ladies) and Kandura (For Male). Everything was so streamlined and managed that you will not even realize the crowd. The Grand Mosque was listed among the top global attractions by TripAdvisor (Source: TripAdvisor). 

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: Approx. 1.5 HOURS

TICKET: No ticket cost. Online registration is needed.

VISITING HOURS: For visitors from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Saturday – Thursday. except for Friday, when the visit of the mosque. Fridays: (for non-worshipers) starts from 4:30 PM until 10:00 PM.

ADDRESS: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

“Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque is large enough to accommodate more than 40000 people. The main prayer hall can accommodate over 7000 worshipers.
Perfect Night view from the Road outside the Mosque.

2. Al Jubail Mangrove Park: (12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM). Al Jubail Mangrove park is the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, which was created for the education and botanical destination for nature lovers. In this mangrove sanctuary, you can explore various marine and bird species related to the UAE. A Zigzag boardwalk will help you to explore the mangroves and let you discover the species on your own. These mangroves help to balance the environment and reducing the effect of global warming.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: 2 HOURS

ENTRY FEE: Free Entry

VISITING HOURS: Daily: 8 am to 6:30 pm

ADDRESS: Al Jubail Island

3. THE LOVRE ABU DHABI (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM). The exemplary Louvre Abu Dhabi is heaven for the art lovers in Abu Dhabi. It was designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. The Lovre museum was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: 2 HOURS

ENTRY FEE: Regular tickets cost Dh60, while visitors between the ages of 13 and 22 can enter for Dh30

VISITING HOURS: Daily: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.

ADDRESS: Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi

4. The Corniche: (5:30 PM – until your wish 🙂 ) It is also known as Corniche road. The Corniche is about 8 km long stretch of road, which includes the kid’s play areas, restaurants, cafes, and the magnificent and attractive Corniche Beach. It is the best place to unwind or distressed yourself with your loved ones. They have a dedicated cycle track, and kids play areas for the kids. It is a perfect place for the long beach walk. There are more than 1200 free parking spaces with a five-minute walk to the beach, which cost you AED 10 (the US $2.7) entry per family. Admission to the public beach is free. Enjoy the various cuisines at the beachside or the walkway restaurants. Enjoy the lovely breeze and the ambiance and unwind for the day.

TIME NEEDS TO EXPLORE: Unlimited

ENTRY FEE: Free Entry

VISITING HOURS: Daily: No Restrictions

ADDRESS: Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi

Corniche in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Night aerial view of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

DAY 2: After all the heritage and traditional sojourn. We will spend the 2nd day with full swing and Enthusiasm

FERRARI WORLD, WARNER BROS, YAS WATER WORLD:(10:00 AM – 6:00 PM). Ferrari World, Warner Bros Abu Dhabi, both are indoor amusement parks on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Yas Water World is one of the fantastic water parks with more than 45 rides.

ENTRY FEE: Warner Bros. AED 295; Ferrari World. AED 295; Yas Waterpark. AED 250

VISITING HOURS: Daily from 10AM – 8PM

Warner Bros., Abu Dhabi
YAS Water World, Abu Dhabi.

YAS ISLAND: (6:00 PM – Till you drop 🙂 ). After enjoying the whole day at various Parks and Rides, it a time to relax with a portion of good food and drink. Head towards the beachside of YAS Island and unwind your self from all the exertion.

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How to teach Millennial and the young generation to save responsibly

Hey Ciana, “What are your hobbies?” Alex asks Ciana. “Shopping,” replied Ciana. She grabbed the attention of all the family members. Ciana is an Independent girl working for an MNC. Her lifestyle is very luxurious. Earning a good salary and spending it all on her clothes, jewelry, movies all the time. Luckily Alex ignored her answer and said yes for the marriage. Thanks to the expensive clothes and the parlor visit to Ciana. When she is happy, she shops. She shops when sad she shops and to celebrate anything she shops. Shopping is an integral part of her daily life. She buys when she is happy; she shops to suppress her sorrows.

As time passed, Ciana moved with her same habit of earning and spending. She is still the free bird enjoying her life fullest with friends and family; what an incredible time it was. After a few years, there was a hard blow on the economy, and Alex lost his job due to recession. Ciana’s office informed her that either she has to work for less pay or else look for a new job. As the job market is terrible, she couldn’t even think about the second option. So, she decided to stick to her ongoing job with less pay and no extra perks, which leads to No parties, new clothes, jewelry, and movies. With no savings and no role for her husband, so things are a bit awkward and challenging for her. She sold all the branded stuff she owned before, and the banks blocked her cards due to nonpayment. 

One day Ciana was in a grocery store to buy the basic needs (Earlier, she used to have a maid and a driver for all this work). One of her friends saw her and took some time to recognize her. Ahhh, maybe because she was not looking that glamorous and dazzling. She moved towards Ciana, and yes, it was Ciana only. They both met and opted for a nearby café to sit. After getting to know Ciana’s condition, Tina decided to help her friend. She gave some golden tips to her on saving and managing funds.

How to Manage Your Salary and earnings for the rainy/hard days:

1. START WITH BUDGETING: The first thing before saving is the planning of your basic needs, such as Utility bills, monthly rent, Fuel, Insurance, groceries, Kids school fees (if any), etc. Always make a list of your monthly requirements/spending in advance before you plan to visit a grocery store. Divide your expenses into three parts:Need/Important, Optional/ Unrestricted, and entertainment/Travel. Nowadays, various apps will help us to plan our Budget Like, Excel sheet, simple diary, mobile app, Bank apps, or desktop. 

Here is the list of the few budget apps for money management (on Android) like AndroMoney, Financial Calculators, Google sheets, Money Manager, My Budget book, My Finances, Wally, Acorns.

2. PLANNING: Once you get your salary immediately, park 20-30% amount in a saving/secondary account for saving. If you don’t know where to put it, the separate bank account is the easiest way, and generally, it has a fixed deposit linked to it, which will give better rates on your money. 

3. STRUCTURE YOUR MONETARY GOALS: Try to divide your goals into three categories: short-Term, medium-term- Term, and long-term goals. Then focus on each one, along with the number of years to achieve each, and the exact amount you will need is it for House, Car, or holidays.

4. INVEST IN RIGHT TOOLS: I am sure the most significant dilemma you will be facing is where to invest the money. Start with Recurring deposit or fixed deposit. Once you realized your target, then plan for converting your savings to investments. Then take into thought other factors like returns, liquidity, and tax liability before choosing an asset class. Do not blindly take advice from anyone but conduct your research about the market before finalizing anything.

5. SAVE FOR THE CRISIS: Some so many people are in the excitement of making money, the urge to buy expensive things, and willingness to save for the bigger goals the new earners sometimes forget the preparation for financial traumas. When anything sudden happens like the loss of a job, medical contingency, or unexpected financial support required by a family, they have to be ready for eventualities. So the first thing you should do, even before you start saving for minor goals, is to form an emergency corpus. It should be equal to 3-6 months of your household expenses and should also include any loan refunds and insurance premium responsibilities. This amount should be in such a manner that it will be accessible. 

6. AVOID DEBT TRAPS: When you will start earning, you will surely opt for the credit cards. There are so many scammers out there who steel the data and try to trap the people. Please do not share your details with any fraud like OTP, CVV, etc. Be careful if you are using credit cards; remember that these are useful only if you restrict the credit to one month, and you are paying the bills on time. 

Apart from these, try for some excellent Insurance, which serves the purpose and optimize long term savings. 

“Ciana, I am sure that you have understood the value of savings and now onwards you will be more careful in the future as well.” I am sure we all have learned something from the insights provided, as financial planning is a must for every one of us.

How much this book”5 AM CLUB- OWN YOUR MORNING ELEVATE YOUR LIFE” is successful to impress us.

I chose this book to write about it because it created a lot of stir in the market, primarily because of its Author. I first saw this book at the airport during my travel from Jaipur to Gurgaon. I will not tell a lie, but I just went by the name of the Writer and read the Title later. The name ‘Robin Sharma” gave me a sense of excitement and expectations to learn something new and endearing again from his pen. So, I decided to give my five precious hours (1 Hour flight journey and the standard waiting time 🙂 ). So, friends, as I read this book from the beginning until the end. It makes me eager to write about it and let you all know about the inside knowledge. So, allow me to update you, friends, this book has grooved the say the “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” The Writer starts the book with a story that was baseless and slow and will do everything to test your patience level. As a real fighter, I didn’t give up. If we go by the name, suggest this book is about developing a habit of early rising and the benefits associated with it.

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How to see CAIRO in 48 hours (2 Days), Economically and Efficiently

I recently got a chance to explore the beauty and tradition of CAIRO during my official tour. I did not miss the opportunity to complete my work and life balance without visiting this city. So, I extended my trip for two more days and explored it thoroughly.

Cairo is an ancient and traditional city, and it is the capital of Egypt. It is one of the largest cities in the Arab world, fronting the Nile bank. Cairo is a city of a combination of Modernization and Ancient aromas.

The Pyramids of Giza, who are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, are high headed placed in the lap of Cairo. But Pyramids of Giza are not the only reason to visit Cairo; there are more related to its heritage and culture.

It is effortless to roam around in Egypt, but it will be advantageous to carry maps and keep looking to get around Cairo on your own. Before you all start wondering how it looks like, let’s start exploring it with me.

Cairo has Africa’s first and most expansive metro Network System. Along with it has a vast network of Taxis, which include Uber, White, and black and white taxis. This extensive road transport system consists of large red, white, and blue public buses as well; those are cheaper and crowded.

Day 1: Heritage stopover

9:00 AM. Grand Egyptian Museum: After gorging into some freshly baked pancakes and sandwiches, start your trip with some heritage strolling. It is also known as Giza Museum. It is one of its kind and said to be the largest Archaeological Museum, which is under construction and proposed to be open in 2020. It opens from 9 AM to 5 PM, located at Alexandria desert road. It includes an incredible collection of antiques, artifacts related to ancient Egypt’s history. The museum opens on all every day except Monday and Friday.

12:30 PM. The Hanging Church: After having your lunch at some famous old Cairo restaurant, it’s time to move towards your next stop. The hanging Church’s actual name is the Church of the Virgin Mary. It is the oldest Church in Egypt and gets its name because of its location, which is the gateway of Babylon Fortress, which was the most former fortress in the Nile delta. Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic Church in Egypt. The entrance of this holy Church is through the iron gates into a patio draped with biblical mosaics. The main hallway of the Church divided into three main passageways, from right to left; these sanctuaries are devoted to St. John, the Virgin Mary, and St. Gorge. The ceiling of the Hanging Church is made up of arched timber, and the podium is made up of marble, supported by 13 marble columns meant to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples. The Church opens every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, while the Mass happens from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Sundays. Entry to the Church is free of cost. 

2:30 PM Madrassa of Sultan Hassan Mosque: It is a historical monument in the form of a mosque and a madrassa (school) built in the ancient 14th century. Sultan Hassan constructed the mosque, but unfortunately, he dies before the construction competes. It has four schools within itself—Shafi’i, Maliki, Hanafi, and Hanbali. Sultan gave Egypt one of its magnificent mosques, still among the largest in the world. Its incredible architecture has Chinese and traditional works of art on the walls and the entrance. It opens from 9 AM to 5 PM.

4:00 PM Cairo Clock Tower: From Hanging Church, you can take a 20 min ride for Cairo cock tower as it is approx. 6 km away. If you do not want to miss the bird’s eyes view of the whole city. You will find it a bit crowded, but it is worth it all. Enjoy some breathtaking views of the Nile and the tiny architect. You will feel the breeze and enjoy the feeling of at the height. Enjoy the quiet afternoon, and it will be a bit of a relief from the flow of tourists, who often come in the evening to see Cairo Tower bejeweled with colorful lights. Relish into some snacks and coffee from the cafes located under the terrace. Sit and relax and dive into the changing panorama of Cairo as the sun sets slowly.

Day 2: Wonder of the World

7:30 A.M. Pyramids of Giza: Your trip will be incomplete if you will miss the Pyramids of Giza. Recharge yourself with the favorite breakfast from one of the famous restaurants in the Coptic, Cairo area. I am sure Today, you will be found yourself more energized as you will be going to witness one out of the seven wonders in the world. Morning or evening time is best for a visit. The Pyramids of Giza also called the Giza Necropolis, consist of three Pyramids called the Great Giza Pyramid (Very 1st Pyramid), Khafre Pyramid (Middle Pyramid), and Menkaure Pyramid (Southernmost or the last Pyramid) along with their related pyramid centers, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. The moment you entered the premises, you can feel the denseness and will understand on its own why they are amongst the wonders. The entrance of the Pyramids is on the north side. You can enjoy the camel ride on the desert area as the place is wide open with the sand all around. These monuments are the remains of ancient Egypt’s Kingdom, were constructed approx. 4600 years ago. You can visit the pyramids every day from 8 AM to 4 PM in the wintertime (October to March) and from 7 AM to 7 PM in the summer (April-September).

The pyramids Of giza near the city of Cairo the capital of Egypt

10:30 AM. Cairo opera House: It will take approx. an hour to reach the Opera house from Pyramids of Giza. It is the central place for the arts and cultural engagement in Cairo, Egypt. It was opened in 1988 by the gifted funds from Japan. This place can accommodate up to 1200 people at a time. It has seven theaters, a music library, and an art gallery. It opens for all seven days a week.

The new Cairo Opera House against cloudy sky.

01:30 PM. Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar: If you are an ardent shopper and have a taste for the antiques and traditional stuff, then it is tough to resist this place, and you can’t miss it. Khan El-Khalili is Cairo’s most vibrant and attractive tourist shopping destination. It has a vibrant collection of various exotic spices, ornaments, Rugs, and artifacts. You can buy loads of souvenirs for the back home for your friends and family. Whenever you get tired of spending money, take a much-needed break, and explore the cafes and restaurants in the souk and relish the food.

Khan el-Khalili is a major market in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians

6:00 P.M. Zamalek: Zamalek is a prosperous region of Cairo surrounded by the Nile River. It is very glitzy and affluent. It has posh townhouses which attract the delegates from all over the world. Although the whole day is perfect for visiting Zamalek the morning or the evening is an amazing time to explore the beauty of Cairo. Start your day with the beautiful sunrise and take a ride in the Nile. After the peaceful boat ride, look for a riverside café for the amazing traditional Cairene breakfast. Relax and enjoy the coffee with the backdrop of the Nile.

Cairo city center at twilight, the Kasr El Nile Bridge and the island of Zamalek with its colorful boats on the Nile river.

Cairo is very serene and has its own beauty. I am sure you will definitely visit it once in your life time. Its architecture, souks, antique artifacts will surely mesmerize you. Every place has its own pros and cons and Cairo, as it is struggling with its transportation facility due to its increasing population. But its beauty can not be neglected over these pity issues.