Down Memory Lane

𝗢𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝗯𝘂 𝗗𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶

Our member Mr. S. Chakravarty had visited the United Arab Emirates, particularly Abu Dhabi. He highlights some of the places he distinctly remembers till date either for their magnificence, opulence, elegance or beauty.
We embarked on a journey to Dubai via Emirates, followed by a scenic drive to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Our first stop was the mesmerizing underwater aquarium, where the captivating world of sea fish unfolded before us. It took us at least two hours to explore thoroughly the aquarium which showcased a diverse array of sharks, including various breeds, alongside enchanting creatures like the sea horse and the Horse fish.
Continuing our journey, Yas Island emerged as a thrilling destination. Known for its iconic attractions, we found ourselves immersed in the excitement of Yas Land. The island’s vibrant energy, highlighted by the Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World, offered a perfect blend of entertainment and adventure.
The Grand Mosque situated there is a magnificent testament to Islamic architecture. Despite the strict guidelines, the mosque welcomed tourists. To attend it one required to be in a respectful dress code, especially women had to wear full sleeved dresses and cover their heads. The interior revealed a breathtaking sight with chandeliers, each weighing around 2 tons and adorned with diamonds, adding an unparalleled brilliance to the sacred space.
Exploring Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, we discovered a picturesque waterfront with inviting beach chairs. However, it’s noteworthy that access was restricted after 7 pm, reminding us of the serene beauty along the coastline.
Our journey took us to the Presidential Palace, a symbol of grandeur where significant cabinet meetings unfold. Tourists were graciously permitted after a stringent security check. This allowed us to witness the elegance and significance of this political hub.
For a touch of opulence, we ventured to the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. This renowned hotel, often frequented by Indian film stars, stands as a pinnacle of luxury in Abu Dhabi. The grandeur of the property, creates an indulgent retreat for those seeking the epitome of hospitality.
Adding to the allure of Abu Dhabi, we explored the Gold Souk, an open market bustling with the shimmer of gold. The vibrant marketplace offered a myriad of options for those interested in the richness of this precious metal.
The Sheikh of Abu Dhabi has created a monumental scripture for the people. This extraordinary piece is 12 feet by 10 feet and embodies a deep connection with the culture and spirituality of the region.
Our adventure in Abu Dhabi was a seamless blend of cultural exploration, architectural marvels, and moments of leisure. We really appreciate the diverse facets of this captivating city.
Down Memory Lane

𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲

Mr. Samarjit Chattopadhyay speaks about the iconic building in Singapore Marina Bay Sands where he dined with his family, the unique swimming pool at Sands SkyPark, the iconic statue at Merlion Park and the festive beauty of Christmas.

Singapore, a city-state known for its impeccable discipline and cleanliness, captivates visitors with well-maintained roads and a city that sparkles. Among its many attractions, Marina Bay Sands stands as an iconic testament to architectural brilliance. Comprising three 55-storey hotel towers linked by a sprawling 1-hectare roof terrace—the Sands SkyPark—it offers an unparalleled experience. Perched atop Marina Bay Sands is the worlds largest elevated body of water, a 150-meter infinity-edge swimming pool. Exclusive to hotel guests, this aquatic marvel, designed with a vanishing edge, provides a surreal experience of swimming among the clouds. The SkyPark, adorned with lush gardens and top-notch restaurants, completes the sensory delight with a legendary view.
Within the confines of Marina Bay Sands, a world of entertainment unfolds. A mall, a museum, a grand theatre, and celebrity chef restaurants beckon, alongside two floating crystal pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the worlds largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. One can indulge in Italian cuisine and cocktails with a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline, or catch the mesmerizing Spectra—A Light and Water Show at the Event Plaza.
Opposite this architectural marvel stands the Singapore Flyer, one of the world’s four largest observation wheels. While taking a ride in it, we were exposed to a fabulous panorama, showcasing the city’s beauty.
Singapore’s The Night Safari, is a unique nocturnal wildlife experience, which shouldn’t be missed at all. It introduces a vibrant, active animal kingdom illuminated against the night sky.
We ventured to Sentosa Island, by mono rail – though it is connected by various modes of transport – we found this mode interesting. It unveiled Tiger Sky Tower at Sentosa Station. The panoramic views there extended as far as Indonesia, providing a breathtaking perspective.
We also visited the Merlion Park, famous for the iconic statue which is also the mascot of Singapore – half lion and half fish. At night its beauty enhances due to the glowing lights. Overlooking the Marina Bay it looks wonderful at the waterfront.
Halloween takes center stage with elaborate costumes, transforming the city into a bewitching spectacle. From ghosts to witches, people don attires ranging from sunglasses to masks, creating an enchanting atmosphere of parties and celebrations. We too enjoyed being a part of it.
Singapore embraces Christmas with exuberance—festive lights, charming decorations, and photo opportunities galore. Streets come alive with creative displays, food vendors, Christmas concerts, and rides for kids. The celebration kicks off from November 1st, transforming malls, shops, restaurants, and even the airport into a festive spectacle.
As the city transitions into the Chinese New Year, Singaporeans celebrate with grandeur, marking the occasion with pomp and show.