Riverside at Dakshineswar, Kolkata

Winter is a perfect season to travel in the daytime. No sweat. No hot head. It was a nice visit to Dakshineswar, Kolkata Riverside.

Nice place to spend some good time with friends and family.

Abu Dhabi Airport and Etihad

It was time for my departure from Dubai. Last year around May. But this time, I decided to come via Abu Dhabi Airport as I never visited before. It was a few months ago Etihad started daily flight to Kolkata.

It was so smooth and easy! Check-in process was done in Dubai itself. Then Etihad took us to Abu Dhabi Airport on Bus.

The terminal design was nice. It was not a big terminal but very well maintained and another example of UAE greatest architectures.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free
Abu Dhabi Duty Free

Then I boarded into the Etihad Airbus A320. It was smaller than the Emirates Airbus A330 we usually use to board to Kolkata. But surprisingly, the cabin space was impressive! Seats were more comfortable and leg-space felt a bit more.

Etihad A320 Interior
Etihad A320 Interior
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Cabin seats

Sandstorm at the Downtown

Sandstorm or Dust storm can be seen most often here in Dubai, UAE. The Landscape changes in a matter of seconds. Even a small blow of wind can cause a dramatic change in the environment. You know why.

Dust storm at Downtown
Dust storm at Downtown

Sometimes the visibility becomes so poor that you can’t even see the cars in front of you! I do like it though, guess why! It gives some kind of depth of field in the distant Skyline. I just love it all, of course, not including those considerable amount of dust that goes into my lungs. In Dubai, you will get it throughout the year though.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa through the Dust

It’s definitely not good for health if you are outside, but it is a beautiful thing to see in any City which is build on desert. I loved it. Really did.

The awesome Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall, or to say it properly The Dubai Mall, is one of the most important tourist destination in the City. On more than 5 million square feet, 4 floors and more than thousands of branded outlets, it is a symbol of pure excellence and beauty!

Inside The Dubai Mall
Inside The Dubai Mall

It is located at the Downtown Dubai, very near to the Burj Khalifa (another famous landmark, you know why). The nearest metro station is Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, which is having a direct connection with the Mall.


What to see?

Actually this is what we have seen. Of course there are a lot of things that I could not cover because of my time and light pocket (yes, some of the attractions costs a lot).

1. The Dubai Mall Waterfall   You can clearly hear the hissing noise of the Waterfall when you get near to it. A number of diving human models can bee seen which looks so perfect!

The Dubai Mall Waterfall
The Dubai Mall Waterfall

2. The Dubai Ice Rink   A huge platform clearly made of Ice and a lots of people skating on it. You will really enjoy people trying to do it and falling several times. Then you will enjoy seeing those perfect moves by the experts. If you can do it or you are brave enough to try it for the first time, don’t hesitate! Just do it.

The Ice Skating Rink
The Ice Skating Rink

3. The Dubai Aquarium   Its just an aquarium, only it is very huge! I actually saw some of the big creatures there, one clearly looked like a Shark! I am not really good at remembering the names of the creatures but I bet you will enjoy watching them. I enjoyed it for nearly an hour!

Dubai Mall Aquarium
Dubai Mall Aquarium

4. The Dubai Fountain   The most amazing thing I have seen at the City! The Dubai musical Fountain actually dances with the music. The Fountain sometimes goes up to 500 feet on the air! The dancing pattern of the Fountain will surely make you hypnotized.

The Fountain Show
The Fountain Show

Besides, you can take a fun ride on boat into the beautiful green Lake where the Fountain show actually takes place.

Boat ride on the Lake
Boat ride on the Lake

5. The Burj Khalifa   Go out to the Dubai mall lakes from where you can have a stunning view of the famous Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

The great Burj Khalifa
The great Burj Khalifa

As I have already said, there are many more to explore and enjoy at The Dubai Mall. Just dive in and keep swimming.

If you have got some time, please do watch this video.