Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Metro, nibbles and Skyfall

Yesterday, me and friend A went to the movies to see the latest Bond-movie "Skyfall". The movie was excellent. I am a huge fan of Daniel Craig and I think he is the best Bond after Sean Connery (nobody can compete with good old Sean)!

Drinks and nibbles at Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Since Oasis centre gets a bit crowded around 5 pm and it is very hard to get a taxi as everyone leaves work I decided to use the metro for the first time in my life! Since we live far out in the desert, (I am not joking) the metro is never an option and especially if you have a car, why bother. However, my first metro experience was a very pleasant one. Very clean, smooth, hassle free and I was surprised to see how packed it was! I thought the metro was running half empty all days but I guess a lot has happened since they first opened it up and with more and more stations opening, more people are actually using it. It took me about 20 min to get from Noor Islamic bank station to Ibn Battuta, not too bad. And then I took a quick walk from the metro to Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel where I was meeting up with A. The hotel is quite new and I love the Arabic inspired interior. We enjoyed white wine with nibbles; hummus, cheese samosas, fried calamari, moutabbal and Arabic bread. After that, we tried to get a taxi from the hotel to the other end of Ibn Battuta Mall (which is across the street but since it is quite long, it takes a while to walk from one end to the other). The taxi driver didn't not understand why we needed a taxi so we gave up trying to convince him that since we were a bit late, a taxi drive would be much more convenient. So we walked through the mall, to the very end (The Chinese Pavillion) where the movie theatre is. And we just made it in time!
I definitely recommend Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel! The environment is gorgeous and the nibbles excellent! The service was a bit slow, especially since there were not many people but the all in all impression was very good!


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