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Posted by grapeshisha at 11:55 PM
To some it will be a surprise, but while the Emirates Palace is one of things to see in Abu Dhabi, the number one thing to do in Abu Dhabi, if you are visiting, is to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It's available to Muslim's and non Muslim's alike and it's free. It's probably one of the best tourist experiences in the whole of the UAE. I kid you not.
Check out our list of things to do in Abu Dhabi
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Posted by grapeshisha at 1:52 AM
It's a 2010 list, but by 2011 and 2012, there will be more hotels that push into the top ten list. This list of top ten hotels in Abu Dhabi is supposed to give a better view to tourists and business travellers on where to stay. These are the best 5 stars (or indeed 7 stars!) in Abu Dhabi. But maybe the best 5 start hotels in Abu Dhabi is not the be all and end all and don't cater to everyone. So we have looked at different segments, including the best budget hotels, which will give you a clean room to sleep in as well as a list of midrange hotels in Abu Dhabi. Inevitably, there is the list for the business traveller, but also, there are the best hotels apartments in Abu Dhabi. We have created this list because, you don't need to coup yourself up in Sands Hotel for 3 months while you are deciding whether you will stay in Abu Dhabi or are going to commit by finding a real place to live!
So the question is, which ones topped our list. Check them out to find out:
The Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi
The Top Ten Hotels in Abu Dhabi
The Best Hotel Apartments in Abu Dhabi
Business hotels in Abu Dhabi
Budget Hotels in Abu Dhabi
Midrange hotels in Abu Dhabi
And of course, let us know what you think!
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:48 PM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi's top hotel is upping the ante in the race for Gulf glitz: adding a gold-dispensing machine. The ATM-style kiosk in the Emirates Palace monitors the daily gold price and offers small bars up to 10 grams or coins with customized designs. It's the idea of a German entrepreneur, Thomas Geissler, who began testing the cash-for-gold machines in his native country in 2009. The Abu Dhabi debut on Wednesday is billed as the first international foray for Geissler's "Gold to Go" brand. Geissler says he picked Abu Dhabi because of its high-rolling atmosphere and the region's traditional ties to gold in commerce. The unveiling was timed well. Gold hit a record high Wednesday of more than $1,245 an ounce.
And no, this is not a joke.
Abu Dhabi, Where The ATMs Are Filled With Gold
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:48 AM
Abu Dhabi has won the Arab world’s top green city and most environmentally friendly city awards. The double recognition was announced at the 2010 awards ceremony for leading Arab cities in environment, greening and landscaping, technology and architecture.
That's a whole lot of effort.
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:00 PM
“How well an employee performs and how long they keep working for a company goes hand-in-hand. When employees perform well, they feel good about themselves, the job they are doing and the company they are working for. Any employee who doesn’t perform well will almost always be stressed about that fact and hence more likely to want to change jobs or employers to get into a position in which they can be a performer. In general, employees tend to join what they believe is a good company, but often leave because they feel they have a bad manager.
It is the manager’s job to set the motivational environment for their work group so that every employee in it has a chance to be a top performer. Setting clear goals and expectations about the job and then helping each employee achieve those goals and expectations is the essence of any great manager, who needs to convey that he or she is on the employee’s side in not only helping them do a good job, but in helping them to learn and grow in order to be able to take on additional responsibilities and in the process achieve their career goals.
The manager thus must take a long-term view of their relationship with each employee that is reflected in the everyday actions and interactions that manager has with each employee. When this long-term view is adapted, it becomes more common and natural for managers to see every interaction with an employee as a building block for a stronger, more mutually beneficial relationship; they seek to systematically ask an employee for their opinion or input into decisions; they see learning opportunities in every assignment and every mistake an employee makes; and they feel successful when their individual employees are successful.
This is the basis for a recognition culture, a mentoring culture, which in turn, makes every employee feel special and leads them to want to contribute at a higher level to the success of their manager, their team and the organization. Employees in such an organizational culture report being 5 times more likely to feel valued, 7 times more likely to stay with the company, 6 times more likely to invest with the company, and 11 times more likely to feel completely committed to their job and their employer.
When this type of culture is in place, an employee’s career potential expands on a daily basis through every assignment, added responsibility and opportunity to contribute and they become less focused on individual promotional opportunities as a measure of their career advancement. They become empowered to act in the best interests of the organization in suggesting, developing and implementing their own ideas on a routine basis.”
Government policies are also important when it comes to providing work for nationals and whether they should follow-up with the private companies to make sure they are not only hiring but also provide strategies to retain them like the UAE government who extensively made various measures to ensure that private companies hire Emiratis:
“Depending upon the type and extent of the incentives, such government policies could greatly impact the hiring of Emiratis. Those incentives, however, are relative to the options and employment offers that Emiratis receive elsewhere for their type and level of education and experience. Ideally, retaining Emiratis should already be in the best interests of those companies who hired Emiratis to begin with, especially given they will have a vested interest in training those employees and the longer they stay, the greater company-related skills and knowledge they will have. Depending upon the level of the employee, the cost of replacing him or her can range up to 1.5 times their annual compensation. I’ve never seen where a government has had success providing ongoing incentives to help companies retain their employees. Such focus needs best come from within the companies themselves as they address the specific reasons employees report leaving and strive to create a stronger organizational culture that values the individual employee.”
Quotes above from Bob Nelson, the keynote speaker at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Emiratisation Forum on 30th & 31st May 2010 at Fairmont Bab Al Bahar Abu Dhabi.
Retention of Emiratis in the private sector needs to be addressed
Posted by grapeshisha at 5:32 PM
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
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Posted by grapeshisha at 8:58 PM
Sing with me now: "no derz no, derz no country, like abu dabby". I guarantee you, you will be humming it unexplainedly later today.
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Posted by grapeshisha at 12:49 PM
As the Hyatt says:
The Ultimate Chocolate Experience - Be drizzled, rubbed, massaged and wrapped in warm chocolate as your skin is clarified, refined and pumped full of natural antioxidants. But the best part of this indulgence is that it is 100% calorie free, making it the quintessential treatment for every chocoholic. The pampering begins with a shoulders-to-toe exfoliation using real Dagoba organic chocolate and pure cane sugar. The bliss continues with a warm masque of pure cocoa, real honey and coconut milk. After removal, our decadent French cocoa absolute moisturiser is applied. This serves to release tension stored in the muscles as it locks in moisture.
Hyatt Chocolate Massage
Posted by grapeshisha at 8:23 PM
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