Yas Marina Grand Prix – Home to Formula One

The Yas Marina Grand Prix, located in the busiest and one of the most advancing cities in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi attracts the world’s best racers every year to race on this world-class track.

 

Yas Marina Grand Prix | Img by: Rob Alter via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

The Race

The Yas Marina Grand Prix is held every November where popular sporting stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastien Vettel and others head over to the track to race and try their luck at this circuit. As there are a number of tour packages to Dubai, do check how you can attend this star-studded sporting event.

Yas Island

Yas Island is a manmade island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The Yas Marina Circuit is the second in the Middle East that was constructed for Formula One.

About the track

The track measures a length of 5.554 km, with an area of 161.9 ha. The longest straight measures 1140 m.

Other attractions

If your trip is organized by a tour provider such as My Prime Trip Powered by Hemas Travels, some of the other attractions you can visit is Ferrari World; home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

 

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The Vegetarian Festival of Phuket – A Festival to Honour the Nine Emperor Gods

The Vegetarian Festival of Phuket is an annual event that commences on the 20th of October 2017 and lasts a total of eight days.

What is it for?

The vegetarian festival celebrates the Chinese belief that refraining from the consumption of meat and other stimulants will help the believers in obtaining peace of mind and good health.

Origins

It is believed that a Chinese opera group contracted malaria while touring the island. Over the next few days, they adopted a vegetarian diet and prayed to the Nine Emperor Gods. After their prayers were answered, the locals celebrated with a festival to honour the Gods.

The Ceremonies

Some of the ceremonies which are held to please the gods include body piercing; with large rods, knives, skewers etc., firewalking and other self-mortification acts.

Where do these take place?

Each of these ceremonies takes places inside the six temples around Phuket; the main one being Jui Tui Shrine, located in the main town. As this is a popular time to visit Phuket, hotel deals are quite easy to find, especially at properties such as Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. If you’re planning to head here during this time, pre book your stay!

The Commitments

Those participating in the event are to abstain from consuming meat, alcohol and intercourse. Participants are required to ensure their body is clean and white attire is compulsory. People who are mourning, pregnant or menstruating are not allowed to attend or participate in the festival.

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DOHA KITE FESTIVAL- COLOURFUL KITES SWAYING AND SOARING IN THE WIND

Artists performing at the Aspire Kite Festival

Artists performing at the Aspire Kite Festival | Doha Stadium Plus Qatar via Flickr , (CC BY 2.0)

Doha, the Qatari capital is a blend of timeless, hallowed Qatari traditions and fast paced modern living. The city attracts visitors by the score who come to sightsee and absorb Qatari culture, manage business and take advantage of a city that is also a shopper’s paradise. Special events like the Doha Kite Festival are also big draws. Souq Waqif is a large souq in Doha selling spices, traditional clothes and many other goods and is home to many restaurants and Shisha Cafes. There are several Souq Waqif hotels and if you want to enjoy Doha with all comforts then the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels would be a suitable option.

Kite flying is an age old tradition in the Arabian Peninsula and in Qatar this tradition goes back over a 100 years. The modern Doha International Kite festival is a grand celebration of this timeless tradition. Professional kite making traditions are handed down from generation to generation and individual designs and motifs are integrated into kites. Katara is a cultural village Doha’s eastern coast and the area’steady winds are conducive to kite flying. The Doha Kite Festival is held in Katara annually. Beautiful and vibrant hued kites fill the sky and kites with lights make a stunning show.Indian, American,Japanese,Chinese and South Korean Kiting Pilot Teams display their prowess along with others from the world over. The Katara beachfront is clogged with kite vendors and customers and shops are open 24 hours a day. Families also make kites and set up small shops in their homes to sell them.

Along with the flying of kites many other cultural artistic events take place and both on the ground and in the air and its family fun time at the Doha Kite Festival. Vendors will hawk varied food including traditional Qatari and other Arabian food. There will be displays of traditional dance and live music will rend the air.Face painting and storytelling will thrill the kids. Visitors should get to Katara early for the Kite Festival to avoid traffic jams and parking problem.

META: Watch Doha skies become a kaleidoscope of colour with vibrant hued kites and enjoy fun events at the Doha Kite Festival.

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Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan

The phenomenon of the full moon has become an integral aspect of folklore and tradition in many cultures for a multitude of reasons. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there are a number of celebrations, events and parties that take place commemorating the full moon. While the full moon is of special religious significance to Buddhists, who engage in meritorious deeds and visit the temple during this time, the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is another event of significance that takes place in Indiana in the United States of America. The Farmer’s Almanac also give different names to the various full moons that occur each month while the ‘Long Night’s Moon’ is considered to be the last full moon of the year. There are also a number of Hindu Festivals that are celebrated during the full moon.

Tourists who visit Koh Phangan during the full moon will be able to witness the vibrant celebration called the Full Moon Party. Having its origins in Haad Rin in Koh Phangan, this particular party takes place on the day of the full moon and lasts through the night. Its popularity is so great that nearby resorts such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas even have transport packages that allow guests to partake in the festivities. Tourists who opt for such packages often leave their accommodation early, grab a bite to eat at a Koh Phangan restaurant and make their way to Haad Rin.

On the eve of every full moon, anywhere between five thousand to thirty thousand tourists come together to celebrate the event until the rays of the sun make an appearance in the wee hours of the morning. It has become so popular that many tourists consider it a ‘must-do’ activity when in Thailand. Previously, other editions of the party, such as the ‘Half Moon’ or the ‘Quarter Moon’ party also existed but all these versions were banned by the Government in 2014. At present, only the Full Moon Party takes place.

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Ramadan Celebration in UAE – A Celebration Like no Other

The UAE is a great destination for tourist who are interested in learning about the Islamic culture and also exploring the great architecture. The UAE as opposed to the other Middle Eastern nations is more relaxed and welcoming towards tourists. One of the greatest periods to be here would be during the Ramadan month. Even though the city takes a much calmer stride, the after fast activities and the festival itself is great to be a part of. An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel would be a great place to start as most hotels have breaking fast meals and they also organise activities and excursions throughout the city. Hotels such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara offer a great Iftar spread which gives guests a chance to savour true Arabian delicacies.

During Ramadan, Muslims should not eat, drink or smoke between sunrise and sunset. It is also believed that this allows people to understand what the underprivileged would go through by putting themselves in their shoes.

Sunset marks the period where Muslims break their fast, known as Iftar. This occurs after the evening prayer.

This is a great moment when friends and families come together to share a meal. Often non-muslims are also invited to these. In the UAE tents are set up on streets and especially near mosques to provide those in need with food.

However, if you are a non-Muslim in the UAE during Ramadan there a few things to keep in mind. Eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset are a punishable offence. Almost all restaurants remain closed for lunch. However one is free to do whatever he or she pleases within their homes.

Eid ul Fitr is a great family celebration which marks the final day of the fasting period. Most companies grant 3 to 4 days holidays.

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Ramadan in the Maldives – A Venerated Occasion

Ramadan in Maldives

Ramadan in Maldives , Pixabay , CC0 Public Domain

 

The time of Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic world and therefore visitors to regions such as Maldives, Abu Dhabi, Qatar for that matter ought to take into account the acceptable practices during this time. During this time of the year, a wide number of restaurants will be closed from sunrise to sunset although luxury Maldives hotels such as the Anantara Hotels, Resort & Spa are usually not affected by this holiday season. Particularly the evening meal of iftar, when the faithful break their fast, is considered to be a social occasion; throughout the country, ifthars are organized where people of diverse nationalities join together in the spirit of the festival.

Muslims are required to fast and to also refrain from drinking liquids, smoking and engaging in sexual activity during this holy month. It is illegal to eat and drink in public places during the month of Ramadan. Most of the shops, too, close during the daytime during the month of Ramadan. However, they open shortly after breaking fast and continue to stay open until midnight, some even later. During this month, it is common to find sales and bargains so keep your eyes peeled for that.

However, as any music other than religious is prohibited during this period, do not expect to go clubbing or relax with a beer after a tiring shopping spree while listening to live music – alcohol is usually not sold during the month too. End of the feasting period is celebrated in a grand manner with Eid el Fitr. It is a massive celebration where the entire community comes together to celebrate. Do join in on the celebrations and be a part and parcel of this unique culture with those who live and breathe the roots of Islamic life.

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Camel Racing in Oman – Speed of the Middle East

One of the first things that come to mind at the mention of the Middle East are the camels. These animals have been a part of the lives of the Arabs for centuries. Today they are even used for many recreational tourist activities. This traditional sport that is famous across the Middle East takes places in different locations at various times of the year. Oman is one of the countries that hosts these races, some of the venues that have specially laid tracks for such events are, As Seeb, Salalah, the Interior and Batinah regions.The camel races are similar to the horse races and one will be surprised at the facilities available at the stadiums that hosts these events. If you wish to witness this age old sport and considering to be close to one of the venues , Oman Hotels provide a range of choices across various locations of the country, they have been favourites of past travellers as they are regarded as top hotels in Oman.

The camels that take part in these races are categorised accordant to their age and compete on the specially built track. The average speed of the camels are about 64 KMPH. Over the years camel racing has become a professional sport in the region with tickets being sold as well as the camels are raised in special farms. There are intensive training programs which incorporate some of the most advanced technologies.However some people look at the sport as unethical and as a cruelty to animals. However the camels have been a vital part of the Arabian civilisation , used for transportation,food and clothing these animals are treated with the highest regard.

There are other countries that host camel races such as , Pakistan , Egypt , Mongolia.

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Ladies Cup International Polo Tournament

Scheduled to take place on the 24th and 25th of January, Ladies Cup International Polo Tournament will attract both local and international players and teams to battle it out to earn the coveted Ladies Cup trophy. Being the only women’s polo tournament in Western Australia, the event’s focus is to encourage women to participate in this sport and also promote polo to gain a wider audience. Spectators of the event get to join in various festivities and competitions. If you plan on attending the vent, it is best to make reservations at a Perth Airport hotel such as Country Comfort Inter City Perth.

Illawarra Folk Festival 2015 – one of the largest festivals organized by volunteers

Originated in 1985, the Illawarra Folk Festival 2015 was held from 15th -18th January 2015. Celebrating its 30th anniversary the festival is considered as one of the largest festivals in Australia organized by volunteers. The festival was performed for four days with approximately 150 performers at Bulli Showground, Princes Highway, Bulli, NSW.

Visitors had the opportunity to witness performances by many international and national artists. The program also featured workshops, dancing, two day folk school, the famous Mediterranean lunch and international craft and cuisine stalls. This event which is suitable for people of all ages attracted over 10, 000 visitors. Travellers planning to attend the event next year could consider seeking accommodation at one of the featured Wollongong hotels such as Chifley Wollongong Hotel, NSW. If you’re among those who missed the chance to attend the event this year, you could plan ahead and attend it next year which will take place bigger and better.

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre – For Ultra-Chic Conveniences

The Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre is well placed within the central CBD of the city. With extensive refurbishments having taken place this centre is set to take over as Queensland’s premier entertainment and convention centre. A marvellous city to explore you can choose to stay at any one of the Gladstone hotels Australia. And offering guests the best in comfort and central location is Oaks Grand Gladstone.

This stylish apartment hotel complex is located right on Goondoon Street in the central CBD while Gladstone Airport is just 10 minutes away making this retreat a favourite choice for business or leisure travellers. Enjoy in-house dining at any one of the restaurants, a popular choice is the infamous ‘Ribs & Rumps’ restaurant chain also located here. Relax at the pool or workout at the gym. Business guests can meet a client for coffee at the café and make use of the full secretarial and business facilities offered at the hotel. Choose to stay in any one of the well-appointed 1 bedroom apartments boasting gorgeous views of the mountains, harbour, ocean or city. Apartments come with living space, kitchenette and modern amenities. Guests at this hotel can easily get to the art gallery, museum, shopping arcade, yacht club and the Gladstone Convention Centre (GECC).

This newly refurbished centre boasts all state of the art equipment and facilities for conducting any king of business or leisure event. The addition of an extra events floor space has increased the seating capacity to 1500 persons allowing the centre to host concerts and other high-end events. As well as have multiple functions.

The brand new kitchen equipment at GECC means customers can now book banquet facilities and expect meals for 700 persons to be delivered in just 15 minutes. Hi-tech media equipment, data displays, fibre optic and wireless internet facilities make the centre ready to host new-age seminars, business conferences and meetings.

Adding a touch of magic the GECC has brought back the silk lined marquee for hosting all your dinners, weddings and trade-show.

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