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Where to Stay on Hulhumalé

As our flight only arrived at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport at 2155, we had no choice but to stay overnight on Hulhumalé. For those uninitiated, Maldives is an island country. So, getting to your hotel is not possible without engaging in the service of seaplanes and speed boats.

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Malé International Airport at night

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Jetty just outside the airport

If you are booked on a seaplane transfer and your flight only arrives into Malé after 1530 like Jam, you will be required to stay overnight in Hulhumalé or Malé. This is because seaplanes only operate from 0600 until 1630 daily. So, one must arrive into Malé before 1530 in order to catch a same day seaplane transfer to your hotel. Of course, you can always choose speed boat transfer which operates 24 hours per day. I shall write about my seaplane transfer after this post, the next most exciting thing to do after Galapagos Explorer cruises!

Prior to my Maldives trip, I had booked Fuana Inn through agoda.com. I chose to stay overnight in Fuana Inn due to its close proximity to the airport. You know what; one has to go back to the airport to check in for seaplane transfer the next day! I had also booked for airport transfer. Do take note that this airport transfer is usually a round trip.

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Transfer to Fuana Inn

Fuana Inn is a 3-star hotel located on Hulhumalé island. It is convenient as a stop over hotel before your island transfer the next day as the hotel is only 15 minutes away from Malé International Airport. I also like the fact that the beach is at the hotel’s doorstep. I had no time to take a walk on the beach as we arrived at late night and left for airport early the next morning for our seaplane transfer.

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Lobby of Fuana Inn

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Our room

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Balcony view

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Street view

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Street view

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Street view

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Street on Hulhumalé

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Street on Hulhumalé

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Beach in front of the hotel

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Nice view!

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Beach in front of Fuana Inn

Stay tuned for our exciting seaplane transfer to the island, which is next!

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Ras Al Khaimah Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Fine Arts

The efforts of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi to foster economic, cultural and social development within the emirate culminated this year with the first Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Organized by the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, the festival featured the talents of 26 local artists in a celebration of filmmaking and the fine arts.

The festival included exhibits and receptions at the RAK National Museum as well as film screenings at the Grand Cinema at Manar Mall. Honored guests included Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade and United Arab Emirates-born actor Mansoor Al Feeli.

The popular three-day festival held in March 2013 symbolizes the growth and development the arts in Ras Al Khaimah. With its long history dating back to the third century, the emirate has taken great efforts to preserve its historical and cultural heritage. A fine arts festival spotlighting talent from RAK and other parts of the UAE is a natural progression to the focus of Sheikh Saud on the people of the emirate as a valuable natural resource.

RAK Schools Join in Encouraging Future Artists

The development of the arts in RAK is apparent in its schools’ curriculum. For example, RAK Academy Secondary School offers students in years 7, 8 and 9 the opportunity to build and improve their skills in such areas as painting, collage, printing and mixed media. Students have the chance to continue their arts education through a two-year course culminating with an internationally recognized certificate in secondary education.

Emirate Attracting World Renowned Artists

It’s not just locals who appreciate the history and growth of fine arts in the emirate. Artists from outside the UAE and the region have taken notice of RAK’s culture of fine arts. For example, 69-year-old French artist Jean-Claude Novaro saw the hospitality and environment of RAK as the perfect place to move his glass-blowing studio. World-renowned as the “king of glass,” Novaro signed a three-year agreement with RAK Ceramics to create new designs in his own factory and to teach glass blowing to residents of the UAE.

Where other glass blowers shape glass on a marver, a stone or cast-iron plate, Novaro uses his hands (protected by wet newspapers) to shape and cool the glass. His work has been displayed in the Royal Treasures Gallery in Dubai and in galleries and exhibits throughout the world. Some of his creations include a seven-foot tall clown, haute couture bottles and pieces that make use of the black, red, green and white from the UAE flag.

Modern Artisans Discovering RAK

A potter from Glasgow is hoping to revive an ancient art form in RAK. Ruth Impey is based in Abu Dhabi, but journeyed to the emirate in search of a local source for clay. According to Impey, most of the clay used to create pottery in the UAE is imported from Europe. Her journey to Wadi Haqeel introduced her to the last remnants of an ancient pottery industry that thrived in RAK because of the clay deposits, which still exist today. Impey hopes to revive the tradition of producing pottery from local clay to remind locals of their heritage and history.

Future of the Arts in the Emirate

The organizers of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival were encouraged by the success and positive response to their first effort. Organizers have already begun planning for next year’s festival and discussing ways to make it grow.

Malé Half Day Tour

Previously, we took airport ferry from Hulhumalé to Malé. Malé is the capital of the Republic of Maldives. It is pronounced as “Mah-lay”.

First stop of our Malé half day tour was the President’s Office. We were only allowed to pose for photos in front of the gate, but not allowed to go [...]

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Golf In Faro This Weekend?

Faro, on the Portuguese Algarve, has long been a favourite destination for golfers. The excellent climate and numerous well-designed courses, facilities which are second to none, 5-star hotels and easy access to Faro airport from most UK regions all lead to a relaxing golfing break.

There are many courses in and around Faro, and such [...]

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Getting to Malé

My wife and I joined a half day Malé city tour on our last day in Maldives. It was arranged by Kamila of Kuri Inn in which we stayed during the course of our Maldives trip. Here is a brief introduction on Malé. It is the capital of Republic of Maldives and occupies the entire [...]

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Maldives Facts I Know but You Do Not Know

Some Maldives facts? Many of us know that Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth, an ideal destination for scuba diving as well as honeymoon. And it is also an expensive holiday destination for many! Apart from the above, you do not really know much about this island country, do you? Please [...]

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Factors to Consider When Booking Your Maldives Holidays

Are you currently booking your Maldives holidays? If yes, please read on to ensure your vacations in Maldives a pleasant and smooth one.

The Maldives, or officially Republic of Maldives is an island country of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. Geographically, it lies just southwest of both India [...]

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Moving in Sky with Singapore Flyer

We went to Singapore Flyer on our last day in Singapore. Promenade MRT Station (Circle Line of Singapore MRT) is the closest station to this giant Ferris wheel. From there, it takes only 5 minutes walk to the Flyer.

Marina Bay Sands as seen on the way to Singapore Flyer

Gardens by the [...]

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Back from Maldives!

Jam had just come back from Maldives! Many of you think that Jam is so rich that he is able to travel to Maldives. Not quite! Instead, I traveled to Maldives on a shoestring. Yes, I agree that Maldives is expensive! But you can always avoid staying in those luxury resorts which can cost you [...]

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Luggage Free Traveling

Sometimes I wonder why we have to go through all the inconveniences of carrying, checking and claiming our luggage in the airport. If you fly with low cost airlines, most probably you have to pay for your checked luggage. Take for example, AirAsia will charge Ringgit Malaysia 25 for a 15 kilograms baggage for every [...]

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