Affordable Luxury: Abu Dhabi’s Top 10 Best Hotels

When you are at the richest city of the world, Abu Dhabi, you should experience its nightlife, restaurants, bars and especially hotels. With some of the most lavish and luxurious hotels and resorts for tourists, Abu Dhabi is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Though the exciting locations lure every tourist to come back every year to this city for a perfect vacation, accommodation might be a great concern. The city’s exquisite hotels can be quite an expensive affair. But with the recent economic meltdown that has caused a decrease in tourist inflow, forced hotels to offer fierce discounts, sometimes even up to 65%. So, if you are planning a stay in Abu Dhabi, know the best hotels in your budget before you decide to pack your bags.

Here are the ten best hotels in Abu Dhabi that you can afford and enjoy.

1. Emirates Palace at West Corniche

This hotel proudly announces itself as a palace and not a hotel, and rightly so. This luxurious and self-proclaimed seven star hotel is one of the best luxury accommodations that Abu Dhabi has to offer. Intact with butler services, a 1.3 km private beach with imported white sand embankments, a water park and an innovative “pillow menu”, this is the cream of hotels.

2. Le Royale Meridien at East Corniche

This hotel is highly popular with travelling businesspersons as it offers high quality services, fine clubs and restaurants, plush rooms with comfortable furnishings and stunning views of the Gulf. It is classy and extremely professional.

3. This hot Shangri-la at Al Maqta

This palatial Venetian themed resort has a lot to offers its visitors. With its beautiful neo-Moorish architecture, an inbuilt Venetian waterworks system that resembles the rivers in Venice, with actual gondolas in it, this hotel is a treat for sour eyes. It includes attractive facilities such as a private beach I km long, 2 health clubs, several swimming pools, an in built shopping mall and some of the finest dining options in the whole of Abu Dhabi.

4. Hilton International at West Corniche

The Hilton is perfect for business or family trips due to its strategic location. It offers high end end amenities such as a private beach that offers a variety of water sports, fine restaurants and bars as well as luxury spa services.

5. Al Maha Arjaan, Rotana at East Corniche

This resort gives one of a kind studio apartments and premium suites at very convenient prices. Perfect for a short, private and comfortable stay, they offer central air conditioning, polished services and spectacular city views.

6. Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers at the Tourists Club Area

This is a perfect family vacation retreat with children’s playing areas, private swimming pools for adults and kids, squash and tennis courts, PADI drive, private beach, an amazing spa among other facilities. The prices are reasonable, and the rooms are extremely comfortable and homely.

7. Centro Yas Island at Yas Island

This new budget hotel gives you class and luxury at a very reasonable price. One of many such budget hotels, it is stylish and offers quality services and is also close to attractive tourist locations such as the Racing tracks and Links Golf club.

8. Le Meridian at Tourist Club Area

The best thing this recently remodeled resort offers is the plush and serene Meridien Village, complete with its assorted range of alfresco pubs and restaurants, clubs and cafes. With attentive services and modern comfortable rooms, the resort offers amenities such as a spa, swimming pool, a Haman and a popular nightclub.

9. The Grand Continental Flamingo Hotel at East Corniche

The hotel, with reputable services, modern technologies, a decent nightclub and gym, spa and swimming pool facilities, is a perfect value for money resort. Its proximity to the commercial and finance districts makes it an attractive location for those travelling on business.

10. The Al Diar Regency at East Corniche

The last on the list, this affordable and professional hotel is almost exclusively for those travelling due to business. With pretty kitchenettes and balconies that give a great view of the city or the sea, the hotel comes with an enhanced business centre to help tourists with their work. The facilities, along with good bars and restaurants, make this a dollar conscious traveler’s perfect getaway.

Now you know what resorts and hotels to look into, while planning your stay in Abu Dhabi. Visiting during off seasons is a wise choice, as you will be able to enjoy the best discounts during this time. So what are you waiting for, hurry and get your reservations done!

How Would a Vacuum Food Sealer Be a Benefit for You?

Vacuum Food Sealers are devices that every modern homemaker should have in their kitchen. They are available in either battery-operated hand-held models or nice looking units that plug-in and sit on the countertop. In short, they remove air (oxygen) from plastic bags of food and seal them shut. Easy to use, just divide the food into the bags that come with the unit, insert the neck of the bag into the sealer, push the lid closed to lock and push a button to operate. The air is removed by vacuum and when the proper pressure is obtained, the heat sealer is activated to seal the bag closed.

These bags of food can then be stored in the freezer for up to three years before using. The Vacuum Food Sealers are lightweight, sleek designed quality apparatuses that are easy to store or take up limited space on the counter. Quite a bit of time and money is saved when food can be purchased in bulk quantities, and either separated into prepared portion sizes and stored in large quantities that won’t spoil.

The modern homemaker can save money with Vacuum Food Sealers by shopping less often and buying food in economical bulk prices. By shopping less, the economic advantages start to multiply into other areas like saving money on automobile costs. You are driving less, buying less gasoline, causing less wear and tear on the car and keeping the mileage figure on the car lower.

The average family throws away 25% of purchased food monthly, from not preparing leftovers and/or fresh foods properly. By storing leftovers in bags sealed with Vacuum Food Sealers reduces food waste to zero. Frozen foods packaged in sealer bags that are devoid of oxygen will avoid freezer burn and will not lose their taste or nutritional value.

Vacuum Sealer accessories include containers to seal fruits and vegetables in to keep them fresh longer without crushing the contents. The containers can also be used to marinate meals by opening the pores of the meat to let the marinade penetrate deeper into the meat for a better flavor. The containers can also be used for storing dry food items such as tea, flour, cereal, noodles, chips, crackers and rice.

The home Food Saver Sealers are perfect for families that grow their own fruits and vegetables. They are not restricted to eating these quality healthy foods just during the growing season, but can package them with Food Saver Sealers and store them in the freezer cheaply to enjoy all year-long. What a delight for the family to have garden grown tomatoes and corn on the cob in December!

The concept of vacuum sealing for food has been used in commercial packaging for years to maintain the quality of the food products and now is available for all conscientious homemakers. These same devices can be used for storing non-food items as well. Sealing items to keep them dry for camping or boating trips is a big plus. Because all the air is removed from the bags when sealing the amount of space that items take up is an added benefit for packing.

Destination Wedding Planning

So, you’re beginning to plan your wedding. Exciting, isn’t it? First you have to pick the venue for your ceremony. Luckily you chose one that won’t break the bank. Next there’s the venue for the reception. Uh-oh, the bank’s starting to bulge around the seams. That’s okay; everything will be fine as long as you keep the guest list down. Hopefully Aunt Gladys’ branch of the family won’t mind if they’re not…

Oh, they do mind.

And so does your cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s brother and his family. And your boss and her husband and three kids. Pretty soon your dental hygienist is perturbed that she’s not invited. Don’t look now, but your wedding budget’s going to explode. It’s about this time you wish you could just skip the wedding and go straight to the honeymoon on some tranquil island somewhere. Right?

Hm…maybe you can. It’s called eloping. Or, in some circles, a destination wedding with just the two of you.

It seems more and more people are foregoing the traditional big wedding for a smaller affair in some exciting destination with just the bride and groom, or perhaps a small number of close family members. And, why not. With the high price of wedding planning these days, a destination wedding or eloping just makes sense.

Of course, just because you’ve opted for eloping or a small destination wedding doesn’t mean you can throw your wedding planning checklist away. It’s just a smaller checklist. Let’s review what might be on your destination wedding planning checklist:

1. Choosing a Destination

This is the fun part. You have many fun choices before you. You can get married:

In a hot-air balloon over Colorado.

At Disneyland.

On a beach in Southern California with just you, your partner, the wedding officiant, and a million dollar view that’s costing you nothing.

On a roller coaster in New Jersey.

While snorkeling in Maui.

Overlooking Niagara Falls.

While bungee jumping in Las Vegas.

At a historic inn in Vermont.

While planning the location for your destination wedding or elopement, do keep in mind the time of year you’ll be getting married. You can keep the costs down considerably if you go during the off-season of the chosen location.

2. Make the Travel Plans

Making your travel plan far ahead of time will also cut down on costs. Also, be creative when considering the mode of travel. Maybe you could travel by train instead of by plane. A train can add some more romance to your wedding plans.

3. The Legal Issues

You need to check on the laws governing marriage in your chosen location. If you’re a U.S. citizen and you plan on getting married in another country, for example, be sure to research what documentation you might need. There might also be a longer waiting period from getting your marriage license to actually marrying. Also, make sure you have your passport up to date.

4. The Wedding Officiant

5. The Photographer

6. Cake and Champagne

Whatever location you choose, be it a New England inn or bungee jumping in Las Vegas, you will probably find a company which will provide the wedding officiant, photographer and cake and champagne, as well as limousine transportation to the ceremony site. Be sure to ask if they’re included in your package. If not, make sure you have them all lined up before your ceremony.

An elopement or destination wedding can be good for your budget and your stress level. And, if your Aunt Gladys is mad because she’s not invited, bring her back something from Maui. That should keep her happy.

Corporate Culture As Shared Norms, Beliefs, and Values

Peters and Waterman popularized the investigation of shared norms, beliefs, and values by showing similarities among management ideologies in very successful companies. They pointed out that in successful companies the product and the customer are of the utmost importance to managers. They also argued for the efficacy of management strategies that put into action “management by walking around,” or MBWA. Peters extols the benefits of MBWA by citing a letter he received from a general parts manager for Caterpillar Tractor. The manager spent a week working in the warehouse of a customer and then spent two weeks working on the day and night shifts of his own company’s warehouse. The experience, he said, opened his eyes both to the needs of his customers and the heroism of his company’s warehouse workers, making him realize that he had to “think as my customers think” and “let the people I work with work, think, innovate, and do their best.”

In her study of a successful electronics firm (called “Chipco”), Kanter notes that the existence of a culture of pride enhances the potential for innovation:
To manage such change [innovation] as a normal way of life requires that people find their stability and security not in specific organizational arrangements but in the culture and direction of the organization. It requires that they feel integrated with the whole rather than identifying with the particular territory of the moment, since that is changeable.

Thus, Chipco appeared conscious of itself as a culture, not just a technical system, and took steps to transmit its culture to newcomers in the managerial and professional ranks, through legends, stories, and special orientations at offsite meetings that were like boot camps. Just learning the job was not enough for success at Chipco; one had to learn the culture of the organization as well, and this could often be disorienting for the stream of new arrivals.

Deal and Kennedy, surveying a variety of companies, found that one third (25) had identifiable beliefs. (The feature on Procter & Gamble discusses the benefits of having such clear beliefs.) Of these 25 companies, two thirds had qualitative beliefs, such as “IBM means service,” and one third had clear financial beliefs. These beliefs, which often express the company’s mission statement, help give all employees a sense of direction.

Based on their research, Deal and Kennedy provide a typology of organizational cultures. There is the tough guy, macho culture, or organizations in which people like to take high risks and get quick feedback on whether their actions are right or wrong. Examples include police departments or hospitals, where the stakes are life and death, or professional sports, where the financial stakes are high. There are work-hard, play-hard cultures, in which fun and action are the rule and employees take few risks. Sales organizations, including door-to-door sales businesses, and the sales departments in most organizations exemplify this culture. Bet-your-company cultures are those in which big-stakes decisions are made but years pass before employees know whether those decisions were right or wrong. These are high-risk, slow-feedback environments. Oil companies, dependent on large and long-term investment for exploration, are such cultures. Finally, there are process cultures, in which there is little or no feedback and employees find it difficult to measure what they do, concentrating instead on how it’s done. Banks, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical firms are examples. Recently, an argument has been put forth that there is good reason for some ambiguity in meaning and for using images with multiple meanings because this allows employees to interpret meaning in the light of their own motives.

An interesting application of the notion of shared norms and values involves occupational communities. We usually describe occupations with terms such as engineer, mechanic, librarian, and so on, but these static descriptions fail to orient us to the dynamic meaning of work to people in particular jobs. In some jobs people leave social interactions and their own values outside when they walk into their organizations. But other jobs lay on their practitioners a whole set of cognitive, social, and moral meanings. For these jobs the idea of an occupational community is relevant.

[An occupational community is] a group of people who consider themselves to be engaged in the same sort of work; whose identity is drawn from the work; who share with one another a set of values, norms and perspectives that apply to but extend beyond work related matters; and whose social relationships meld work and leisure…. Occupational communities are seen to create and sustain relatively unique work cultures consisting of, among other things, task rituals, standards for proper and improper behavior, work codes surrounding relatively routine practices and, for the membership at least, compelling accounts attesting to the logic and value of these rituals, standards and codes.

The existence of occupational communities is significant because belonging to one may create a conflict of identification for the worker-what pull demands his allegiance, that of the corporate culture or that of the occupational community? Academics provide an example. Although they identify with their universities, they tend to identify more strongly with their field. An economist, for example, is more likely to view himself against other economists rather than faculty on his own campus.

Geographic proximity is not necessary to the formation of an occupational community, even though it may help homogenize shared values and beliefs. But a number of other factors can contribute to this kind of identification, each of which can be seen at work with Navy fighter pilots.

– The use of distinctive accoutrements, costumes, and jargon. The long white scarf of the pilot has long since been replaced by the standard flight suit, but even that government issue item is modified according to a certain style with badges, velcro, and other trappings. Pilots speak of bolters, bingo fields, bears, and bogeys, using their own special language to differentiate themselves from outsiders.
– High involvement in work. One has only to listen to fighter pilots complain of fatigue and long hours to sense their involvement in their work.
– The possession of esoteric, scarce, socially valued, and unique abilities. The esteem in which society holds pilots-embodied in the play of children and the fantasies of adults-reinforces their sense of identity.
– Claimed responsibility for others. Fighter pilots are not only responsible for their fellow airmen but feel responsible for the welfare of ships and forces they protect.
– Confrontation with danger. Pilots, catapulted off aircraft carriers only to land later on the rolling, pitching flight decks, clearly share the bond of a dangerous occupation.

The same principles can be seen at work with other occupational communities, such as police officers, doctors, and air traffic controllers. Investment bankers, insurance agents, and managers, though they may not have the bonds of shared danger, do include the other hallmarks of occupational communities.