We’re savouring the last 2.5 hours of 2012. Wishing everyone a more fruitful new year.
We are currently enjoying the (not so often) long weekend in the UAE, courtesy of the 41st UAE National Day. We had an advance celebration in the office few days ago which was very festive. They served traditional Emirati food for breakfast and lunch, offered henna tattoo (you may check this post to see how intricate the designs are), had some fun contests, and more of the interesting ice breakers from work. I am relieved though that there was no related requirement to be properly dressed for the celebration, otherwise I could have had easily qualified amongst the underdressed having only a UAE bracelet and brooch as my ‘costume’. Even the flowers in the office were synched to the UAE colors.
We recently peeked in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (near the Emirates Palace) to specifically try the high tea buffet at the Lobby Lounge. As we entered the main entrance of Tower 1, we were greeted by the elegance of the lobby. Further to our reservation, we were seated within that circle as shown in the photo.
Apparently, everyone would be comfortable wherever they sit. The set-up was designed to give everyone a nice view. (Apart from the fact that the beauty and intricacy of the lobby itself is a view.) However, us getting a better view may not be purely coincidental since I requested it when I called the reservation desk. While reservation is not mandatory to other guests, you may have to do it if you were visiting like us in line with the online deals (e.g. Groupon restaurant deals). I really appreciate that although I did not comply with the requirement to book at least 48 hours in advance, our request was accommodated. Although the person on the other line was understandably hesitant, she confirmed it the moment she cleared that our intended time of visit was feasible.