Exactly why on the earth to Abu Dhabi?
At the second I learn graphic design at the Basel School of Design. My education needs me to perform an internship in my 6th semester. So I thought to myself, why not go somewhere different? I used for an internship at the BOND creative company in Helsinki (this is going to make good sense in a minute). After they checked out the portfolio of mine they decided I’d promising perform and they also invited me to some Skype interview. You are able to check out the profile of mine by pressing the switch in the menubar. During the interview they asked me in case I needed to visit Abu Dhabi. There they’ve an other office that had been looking for assistance. And I said Yes, I do.
So the very first thing that awaited me in Abu Dhabi, was a good guy with a title I can not pronounce along with a great white Mercedes that drove me to my even better hotel. What I’d to realise is, that each automobile here’s white. Well only some of them but many. And also the next item I realised was, it was extremely warm. About 35C at the second. And I believed to myself: This’s just early spring. So what’ll summer be like? Though I’ve to suggest that this nation reminds me of Texas. And this also allows me a sensation of belonging here. I truly feel at home probably.
The hotel room of mine at the Rotana Park Hotel.
A little collection of white automobiles.
The perspective of mine out of the hotel room over the suburbs of Abu Dhabi.
After checking out I had taken a taxi to the faculty where I’ll be paying the following five month. They’ve kindly agreed to allow me to survive in the dormitories with their pupils with these. The room of mine here’s certainly not as great as the hotel. But at least I’m not alone any longer. I deal with a dud from Georgia who is title I could also not even pronounce. I will try to discover how it’s written, so I can teach you next time. Though he’s undoubtedly the best person that I’ve met up until today. And that’s saying alot, because everybody is very kind and welcoming with these. It is incredible. Also, he offered to have me to work out each morning since he’s an automobile and must go the same path as I do.
The primary entrance of the Faculty of Abu Dhabi.
The brand new home of mine for the following 5 months.
After getting settled I had taken a different taxi going downtown. There was a few things I’d to purchase. As often if forgot the toothpaste of mine. I additionally used the chance to have a thing to consume after I didn’t possess the time since the departure of mine on this sunny morning.
All in al I am able to say I’m really pleased with how things have ended up. The very first morning of mine in Abu Dhabi was effective and I’m very exited get started on at the BOND Creative Agency tomorrow morning.
Perspective out of the restaurant over the harbour.
The 1st day of mine at work.
So the first day of mine at work is below. Nowadays I might sleep in and just needed to be there at 10:15. In the early morning I was woken through the cleaning crew of the faculty that was pleasantly surprised to find me asleep in the foundation of mine. I was simply amazed they were cleaning the room of mine.
For my very first morning I had taken a taxi to work since my roommate was ill and didn’t go to work out these days. The taxi took me with the TwoFour54 building in which the office of BOND can be found. Here in Abu Dhabi they do not understand street addresses. The taxis just understand buildings. Odd. But when I arrived I discovered a very contemporary looking building with cafes and restaurants inside. And additionally a lobby with a reception. Fancy. On the 6th floor I discovered the office and my personal workstation. Today only Natasha and Tuukka were in the office since Jack was in Majed and Dubai in York that is new. I also found that Tuukka and I have been the one creatives right here in Abu Dhabi. Jack and Natasha are creators and also Majed is the Managing Director. I was warned that alot of effort is awaiting me. I smiled in excitement.
Second entry to the TwoFour54 building.
Lobby reception on the TwoFour54 building.
On the way of mine up to the BOND company.
6th floor in which the workplace is located.
While setting up the computer of mine the very first obstacle awaited me. An arabic keyboard. Practically nothing is when I’m familiar with heaving it on my swiss keyboard. Plus it is not love just the Z and Y are changed like in the states in america. Though I eventually had the eMail account of mine set up and was prepared to have to do the job when a storm of welcoming email messages as WEEEEEELLLLLLCOOOM Andy! or perhaps Jippii! Welcome Andy! Good to have you! poured into the bank account of mine. A really warm virtual welcome from the folks over in Helsinki.
My workstation at BOND.
The perspective from our descs over suburbs.
My fist wrestle with the brand new computer keyboard.
The subsequent few days I might create a blog entry each day since there’s very much brand new things happening for me. Though I cannot promise a daily update since I can not reveal to you what we’re working hard on and also the starting excitement may well transform to a daily routine. Therefore do not be sad if you will not hear from me every day.
This morning my roommate has taken me to perform. He gave me to additionally shoot my with him as he went jogging at 05:30 by thirty C. I respectively declined. Because we currently left at 07:00 I was at the office strategy to early on. So I’d the some time to have a little breakfast at the restaurant in our building known as Natalie’s. The final days we’ve too eaten lunch there. The temperature is simply about bearable at the moment of the entire year. Though it’s already become hotter and much more humid.
Breakfast at Natalie’s.
At the second I’m focusing on 3 projects. One of them is designed for a film and media production business just where we model the visuals and infographics in the brand new office. So today Tuukka, Natasha and I went there to measure out other matters and the wall space. Tuukka and I had been moving around the workplace while Natasha was getting struck on by a well used guy. We took the time of ours so that the 2 of them might have their small chat in private. 🙂
These days I also found that Tuukka is returning to Helsinki in a couple of weeks. You have to learn that Tuukka and I are the one creatives right here in Abu Dhabi. What this means is we’re the people producing the idea as well as doing the innovative work. And so with Tuukka gone I am going to be the one creative left. Witch actually leaves me with all of the project. Of corse work in Helsinki is supporting me, but nonetheless I’ve a great deal of hard work in front of me. On a single side this’s scary me since these’re truly large projects (to me at least) but on the opposite aspect I’m really honoured that BOND is prepared to provide me such a huge task.
The entry hall on the business.
Tuukka writing down the dimensions for the layout.
After work Natascha, Jack, Tuukka and the wife of his and I went to consume at a restaurant named Dai Pai Dong in the Galleria. It’s incredible how much food we purchased and that we really ate it all. It was great getting to spend some bonding time (get it? BONDing?) with the great work colleagues of mine. I requested a guy out of the restaurant to carry a photograph people and he began bouncing around like a paparazzi. Though he somehow managed to not have a image while doing so. Perhaps I can easily buy a photograph of the BOND Abu Dhabi office other day. Sorry. 😉
The finnish couple at the entry to the Galleria.
A welcoming dragon before the joints.
5 statues to represent the 5 guests.
So you realize how my job is going below. Later on the very first task of mine will likely be completed as well as delivered to the arabic translator in Dubai. What I’d have worked on at college for 4 days, I did right here in 3 days.
Let us play a game.
On Friday I encountered my very first sandstorm right here in Abu Dhabi. To be truthful when I watched the storm trough the front door of the dorms I was uncertain if I ought to head out or perhaps not. Because I didn’t see anybody on the streets. But ultimately I nonetheless left the home going to work out simply to discover that this was nothing like a genuine sandstorm. To the people here this’s only a bit of sand in the atmosphere.
The sandstorm before the home of mine.
The weekend here’s a little completely different that I’m accustomed to in Europe. Friday may be the holy day so all of the shops are closed and everybody will the mosque. On that morning I slept in and essentially did not do something throughout the day. The final week was quite exhausting for me so I actually needed the some time out there. Saturday is like the Saturday of ours. It is one day off work but all of the shops are open. So I went to IKEA to obtain bedsheets. By the conclusion of this entry you will realize why. When I was there I walked by the restaurant and simply could not handle the scent of the meatballs. I like all those things. But right here they serve it with mashed potatoes rather than the fries. I did not mind.
But nearby from IKEA I discovered an ACE store. I wasn’t wanting this. For individuals that do not understand about this particular shop: ACE is a shop the close friends of mine and also I depended on each day whenever we did our road trip to Falun in Sweden. It really is as Coop in Walmart or maybe Switzerland in the USA. So I was truly amazed to see a single right here in Abu Dhabi.
IKEA Abu Dhabi.
My favorite lunch at IKEA.
ACE store in Abu Dhabi.
Really after I was completed at IKEA I went on the Yas Mall to get new cloth and various other stuff I needed. Right now there I discovered even more restaurants and shops as Chili’s from Texas that I was knowledgeable about. But most of them had a lovely adaptation of the logo in Arabic. I walked through the entire mall (witch is huge I need to say) only to see all of the arabic logos.
Yas Mall on Yas Island.
Chili’s inside the Yas Mall.
Due to I chose to play a bit of game with you. Below are 6 logos you all know however in arabic. Guess witch you are witch and submit the answer of yours on the Facebook post of mine of today. Later on I am going to give you the answers.
After I arrived home to reorganise the bedroom of mine a bit. One thing I actually needed to get accomplished was the foundation. And so below you are able to understand why I purchased new bedsheets. The bed of mine just had a fabric which would be to little to blanket the mattress. Because of the moves of mine throughout the evening practically the entire mattress was uncovered in the early morning. Witch wasn’t the greatest thing since it wasn’t truly the prettiest mattress I noticed in the daily life of mine. So I purchased a better one at IKEA making the mornings of mine a bit a lot more comfy.
The bed of mine before.
The bed of mine after.
News from Switzerland.
At the moment there’s not much I could create in the blog. Work has become very hectic for me and I generally just go fall and home on the foundation of mine. But today Jack informed me that this’s just normal speed. It is able to get much more demanding. Exited to determine exactly how that will be.
Something I haven’t jet understood about this particular culture is the bathroom. Each cubical features a hose inside. At work there’s also toilet paper like I’m used to. But at the apartment of mine there’s just the hose pipe. Absolutely no toilet paper. I’m less than certain though I believe I’m supposed to wash myself together with the hose after I’m done. Unsure if I’ll actually do that or simply continue using tissues.
A marvelous sun over Abu Dhabi.
Other ways of cleaning up yourself.
Here only a bit of proof that this country has green spots. It is a little part of a great park right in the rear of the office.
Green landscapes before the workplace.
Within the last 2 days I’d the opportunity to Skype with the family of mine, the female of mine and the roommates of mine back in Switzerland. It was good to work with the swiss tong once more after this english plus arabic the whole day. My roommates chose to pic me (the laptop) set up an take me anywhere they went. I thought a litte baby. Though it was enjoyable to speak to most of them and made me a small homesick too. But efforts is going to keep me busy enough to overcome that soon enough.
My preferred roommate ignoring me on Skype.
In order to complete this entry I will provide you with the solutions to the final entry’s game of logos. Hope you have most of them correctly.
An additional week has passed on. I worked allot the week and we received lots of things accomplished which I cannot reveal to you right this moment. Perhaps when the clients have approved some concepts I am able to teach you a little look of the job we’re doing right here. We will find. But on the saturday Ameed and I went to Marina Mall to buy several stuff. He’s preparing for his wedding following week. In the automobile I was surprised to get a seat cooler. We’ve seat heaters in Switzerland but virtually no coolers. But once again. The temperature was extremely warm and so the cooler was certainly appreciated.
Very first time actually ass cooler.
41C in the early morning.
After the Mall I went to Saadiyat swimming pool on Saadiyat island. The seashore was alright. I’m personally not actually a beach person. But people back home would not stop to ask about the beach. So I went. But for starters I forgot the towel of mine. So I’d to sit down in the sand. Next there were just like a million individuals. So absolutely no umbrella for me. Very long story short: I left after aproximatelly a single hour in the brutal sun.
Saadiyat seashore on Saadiyat island.
On Saturday I went on the Iranian Souk in the harbour to have neighborhood foods and some handmade. The the sun nearly killed me and I was dripping of sweat by time I’d all of the items I was searching for. This very same weekend I chose to ultimately try the bus system in Abu Dhabi. I attempted to reach work by bus and have afield two times that far. The buses just come the moment an hour and often they go the route they’re meant to and sometimes they do not. But that is not the issue. It requires me about 4 times longer by bus and then by taxi. Though I have not given up to get a solution. In a weird way driving the bus made me really pleased. I miss making use of the PT and this provided me a little taste of Europe.
The Iranian Souk at the harbour.
Man Bus Terminal Abu Dhabi.
A little air that is fresh.
A week ago I’d to visit the National Mall witch houses an indoor Souk. I ought to state the shopping mall isn’t most frequented though it’s certainly the most incredible of all of the malls I’ve been to so fare. There I’d to buy some things before my upcoming trip. Indeed I was moving again. This point I went to a much cooler place then Abu Dhabi. Though I was ready to withstand the cold for the upcoming week.
The National Mal in Abu Dhabi.
Flying blue to a faraway location.
My travels took me to Switzerland. Yea. I’d to retturn to Switzerland. There seemed to be a workshop at the Basel School of Design which was scheduled a little Well lets say I wasn’t actually excited about the scheduling. But it was a fantastic opportunity to see my friends, family, and classmates once again. And also several of Switzerland’s nature that is beautiful. During this week I visited Basels’s most historic area, my most favorite state in Switzerland as well as the good old castles on the hills I grew up on.
Our staff during the workshop.
Something I do not experience in Abu Dhabi.
The azure sheep at the churchyard.
Wallis. What better.
But needless to say I enjoyed the time of mine with the friends of mine and family the best. I will not see them for the following five month and I’d some love do send before I shot off once again.
After seven days in Switzerland I flew to Abu Dhabi. It felt as I’d done this trip many times now. But I like flying. So I did not mind.
The baby brother of mine playing soldier.
At the riverbank on the Rhine.
goodbye-BBQ with a view creative souls of Basel.
Saying farewell. Yet another time.
In between worlds.
And and so today I am back in Abu Dhabi and function hasn’t gotten any reduced around here. Began a task today. Presentation is on Thursday. That is precisely how I love it.
Welcome to the Emirates.
It’s been some time since the previous entry of mine. But quit a few things have happened during the previous view weeks. My parents concerned see me. So my Mam is chatting about this specific since we knew that I will be coming . But the option to come here was created very spontaneously.
Initially they came to Abu Dhabi exactly where we visited a view of the landmarks in the area including the Grand Mosque. We also Visited the Historic Museum of Abu Dhabi witch was wonderful. There’s not much historical past to Abu Dhabi being completely honest though I believe that’s what causes it to be all the more fascinating. In case you consider it for a minute. 3 generations back the individuals of Abu Dhabi were merchants as well as traveled with the caravans of theirs from one place to another. And now it’s among the greatest metropoles on the planet where it’s mainstream to get a Ferrari. This transformations has taken us in Europe centuries.
Dad and mam on the biggest carpet on this earth.
Inner courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
The parents of mine at the Historic Museum in Abu Dhabi.
The City of Abu Dhabi in the late 1700s.
Only one of several little Mosques in Abu Dhabi.
Mam is definitely all about walking about and discovering the school. For 1 this’s not as simple here as it may in european city because things are so fare apart. She too must realise the temperature is an enormous element in the UAE. You cannot simply walk along the beach for many hours. It is going to get very sexy after a short period in the sun.
Corniche beach Abu Dhabi.
After 2 times in Abu Dhabi we went to Dubai. Right now there we’d a fantastic resort named the XVA Art Hotel. It was placed in a regular neighbourhood in Dubai. But like every thing in the UAE this particular neighborhood was recreated to give a bit more culture on the city. Non the less I loved the location and also suggest it to any person who’s traveling to Dubai.
In Dubai we explored the souks in the community, got the Boat Taxi over the creek and gone to the existing homes of the rulers. Dubai was humid and hot very. So we did not stay for far too long.
Skyline of Dubai with the renowned Burj Khalifa.
Perspective from our good old neighborhood over the creek.
Look and think of the XVA Art Hotel.
One of the numerous wind towers in Dubai.
Weird sculptures in the courtyard of the resort of ours.
Food, good times as well as family.
Me teaching my Mam the best way to to an experienced selfie.
Boat-Taxis on the creek in Dubai.
The second stop was Al Ain. The existing city designed around an oasis farther inland. There you are able to get considerably more culture as well as actual historic buildings. The one thing which obviously stood out for me was one of many worn out forts which hosted a Photoexhibition of the works by Major Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger alias Mubarak bin London who lived as well as traveled with the Arabs for several years. He not merely documented the activities of his in his book Arabic Sands but too with the pictures of his.
Among the good old forts in Al Ain.
Mam attempting to hide from the sunshine.
Major Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger alias Mubarak bin London (R).
Work by Mubarak bin London.
Work by Mubarak bin London.
We also gone to the good old palace of the founding father of the UAE. Witch was considerably more moderate then the palaces of queens & kings you are able to get in Europe. And naturally we went to walk through the oasis witch is definitely the center of Al Ain. Palms after palms after palms. And naturally, like always, it was sexy. Extremely warm.
The very first car utilized by the governing emperor of the UAE.
Gathering space within the palace.
The existing Oasis in Al Ain.
It is sexy.
The parents of mine also wished to go find the camel market place in Al Ain. Witch I’ve to say was a bit of uncomfortable for me. It was rather evident we were aliens in this particular location and we weren’t actually welcome there. Though it was fascinating none the much less to visit a authentic arabic spot for a change.
Camel market place in Al Ain.
Ink in Kuwait.
And once again I’d to exit the nation to get a brand new visa. But this is only going to hap?pen another time before I go to Switzer?land. This point I went to Kuwait to vis?it a buddy of mine. Robert.
Kuwait is an area that for a difference feels truly ara?bic. Almost ev?ery?thing is signed in ara?bic. most individuals do not speak en?glish plus I have to experience even more locals then for?eigners. Smoking is massive there as well. You are able to smoke wherever you like. The some people actually smoke if there’s an enormous no smoking message in the restaurant.
My ho?tel room was somewhat differ?ent. One half of the room was unoccupied and additionally the fur?ni?ture was extremely ancient and also would nearly be hipster in Eu?rope.
The empty hotel room of mine.
The shopping mall was unbe?lievable. They se?riously create a little town in?side of an enormous building. With tiny streets, cafes, shops, a creek, trees and far more. I almost got lost in there. Though it felt re?ally nice. Usu?ally I’m in a building because it’s very hot out?side. Particularly today. So strolling through a little town with?out be?ing soaked af?ter was wonderful.
An interior city.
One oth?er matter that was re?ally good was the souk. For something different they’d au?thentic prod?ucts from the area very few to very little tourist. I actually hat the opportunity to bargen and talk to the locals. I actually purchased an outdated car?pet there. Do not ask me the reason why. I’ve my reasons. =)
But unfortunately I’d just aproximatelly 45min within the souk because the folks already begun clos?ing the stands of theirs.
The entry on the souk.
Closed doors in case the souk.
Lost in Muscat.
Dur?ing the previous view weeks work continues to be quite slow. Ramadan had begun and the working hours of ours have been lowered from 0900 till 1500. Dur?ing the days of day?light I was not al?lowed to drink, try to eat, smoke, lis?ten to mu?sic, curse or even argue. Needless to say I could do this in case I was on my personal in a few hidden place. But do?ing these items in public is pun?ish?able by law. They will not place you in jail in case you smoke in public. Though you will receive a fine of 200 AED.
Again I’d to escape the nation to obtain a brand new visa. This point I flew to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. But It did not go as planed. And so here’s what hap?pened. I have several local currency and then went on the ho?tel. When I got there they asked me for my cred?it card. At the mo?ment I do not have only one since a ATM swal?lowed mine some time too. So I’d paying the deposit in cash witch left me with very little mon?ey. Virtually all I can do is try to arrive at places on foot. With a tempera?ture of approxi?mately forty three C. The individuals that already know me very well should under?stand just how poorly I position the heat.
Mountains on the way of mine with the taxi on the resort.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
On my very first trip I just made it on the beach before my skin began to melt in the sunshine. It just took aproximatelly fifteen min for me to be dripping of sweat and operating from shad?ow to shad?ow. Probably The worst was the wind. Rather than cool?ing you down it used on the skin of yours like when you open a warm oven door. So I chose to return to the ho?tel and try again when it’s dark.
At night I went to find the Royal Opera of Muscat. I’ve to suggest it’s an amazing creating and also the gardens before it are gorgeous. While when it’s dark. But unfortunately the gates had been locked so I was left with walking all around the gardens. Though I included an im?age of them at the conclusion so you are able to at the very least find out what they will have been like dur?ing the day.