Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's hunting open season in the UAE!

Hunting enthusiasts in the GCC region and beyond are probably pretty excited about the soon-to-open Telal Resort, an exclusive boutique hotel located near Al Ain, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Managed by Mourouj Hotels and Resorts, the property will provide guests with all the necessary tools, such as rifles and vehicles, to hunt down animals such as deer, gazelle and even some kinds of birds - all prearranged hunting in agreement with the UAE Environmental Agency, of course.

The whole hunting experience goes even further. Although the hotel will have a restaurant on site, guests are welcome to use one of the barbecue stations set on several oasis spread throughout the resort grounds and have a taste of whatever they manage to hunt that day.

Price tag on the adventure? Well, it starts at AED 10,000 (US$ 2,800) per night. But it will certainly grant you a few luxuries such as a stay in one of the 15 royal villas with private pool, jacuzzi, sauna and much more.

I’m not fond of hunting, but I guess if I ever decided to go on a  wildlife chase, I’d want something a bit more dramatic. Something more along the lines of the 1962 Hatari! movie starred by John Wayne. But, who am I to know? 

Good hunting to all!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Abu Dhabi for Brazilians

Good news for my fellow Brazilians who are interested and eager to visit Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has finally created a Portuguese version of www.visitabudhabi.ae/br.

With Etihad Airways now operating a daily nonstop flight to São Paulo, Brazil, the idea is to draw the attention of Brazilian tourists to Abu Dhabi, which is often overcast by the ever-so-popular Dubai. 

As a comms professional, I obviously had to go in and explore the new version. Overall, despite some typos and a weird mix-up of languages here and there, it is quite good. I am sure you will find it easy to navigate and read through.

The only thing I can’t quite get over is the following: 

The website has eight other versions - Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. So why is it that they have named the ninth version Brazilian? Sorry, but in Brazil we don’t speak Brazilian, we speak Portuguese!