RISE AND FALL OF EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE!

Hello Friends! Hope you all are hale and hearty and taking good care of yourselves! I am back with a new blog on ‘The Rise and Fall of European Super League’. Twelve of the biggest European football clubs have announced their intention to form their own competition, known as the European Super League. This has become a major news story, and has been criticized by fans, players, football club owners, and politicians across Europe. So, in this Blog, I will explain what a Super League is, why clubs want to join it, why it is such a controversial topic and also how fans have contributed in it’s doom! So let’s get started!

introduction

Football, is the world’s most popular sport. It is played, watched, and enjoyed by millions of men and women around the world. For many including me, it is more than just a sport or game; it is an important part of our life and identity. I have friends who consider being a Liverpool fan, Manchester United fan, a Real Madrid fan or a Barcelona Fan for example, a more important part of their identity than their political belief or even religion. The team you support can help you make friends or cause arguments. For much of the world, and especially Europe and South America, football is a way of life. We all pride ourselves in being our clubs’ fans and we always support our clubs through their thick and thin, this is what Football is all about!

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So, when twelve of the biggest football clubs in the world announced to the world that they were going to establish their own tournament, it was always going to be a major news story.  The teams’ plan to launch a closed competition known as the Super League, in which they would compete only against themselves and has been almost unanimously criticised by footballers, fans, newspapers, smaller clubs, and even the UK government. The last few days have been very Tumultuous because The European Super League proposal has rocked the World of Football to it’s very core. So to make it all clear, I will be briefing you everything about this controversial league, how it unfolded and how fans ruled the show and saved the day for World Football! So let’s start with the basic question:

What is the European Super League?

The European Super League is a New Breakaway League which was Proposed by the 12 best clubs of Europe or rather to be more precise I would say The Billionaire Owners of these 12 Teams. The Founding Clubs of this newly proposed League are the Big Six of England, that is, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs, 3 Teams from Italy, that is, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan and 3 from Spain – Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund from Germany and Paris Saint-Germain of France were the other 3 clubs Invited but they rejected this Proposal!

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The Concept of a European Super League is not new. The talks started in the Year 1998 but the talks ultimately never progressed the planning stage as it failed to garner much attention then. In the year 2008,  Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, commenced plans for a super league competition, as he thought the UEFA Champions League was obsolete and problematic for the sport, and was an obstacle from letting clubs grow their businesses and develop infrastructure. The Proposal started gathering steam in 2018 and was officially announced by the 12 Founding Clubs in 2021.

The 12 Founding Clubs of ESL
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The 12 Founding clubs of ESL which I mentioned above were of the opinion that the format of the UEFA Champions League has to be changed because they have supporters all round the World and the Amount of money that other Governing bodies raise that they play in is because of their fanbase all around the world and so they wanted a larger piece of the pie which the UEFA never agreed to. So these 12 Teams proposed a Closed Breakaway Tournament called as the European Super League on 18th April 2021.

What is the Format of ESL?

The proposed competition was designed to feature twenty clubs who would partake in matches against each other  – fifteen of these would be permanent members, dubbed “founding clubs” who would govern the competition’s operation, while five other places would be given to clubs through a qualifying mechanism focused on the teams who performed best in their country’s most recent domestic season. These 5 teams only can get Relegated according to their performance in that year. But the other 15 teams are guaranteed participation with fixed Income and guaranteed spots in ESL irrespective of their Performance in that given year.

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Each year, the competition would see the teams split into two groups of ten, playing home-and-away in a double round-robin format for a total of 18 group matches per team, with fixtures set to take place midweek to avoid disrupting the clubs’ involvement in their domestic leagues. At the end of these group matches, the top three of each group would then qualify for the quarter-finals, while the teams finishing fourth and fifth from each group will compete in two-legged play-offs to decide the last two quarter-finalists. The remainder of the competition would take place in a four-week span at the end of the season, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals featuring two-legged ties, while the final would be contested as a single fixture at a neutral venue. In total, each season of the competition would feature 197 matches (180 in the group stage and 17 in the knockout stage). So this means you will be able to watch matches like Liverpool-Barcelona, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid, Juventus-Barcelona and also see Messi and Ronaldo lock horns every week, well this seems very Interesting isn’t it? But wait a minute it is not so cool for Football in general! Let’s see how!

Fans opposing ESL
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Why ESL was so Controversial?

The major reason why fans all over the World are criticising and opposing this league is because there is no Relegation or Promotion for the 15 founding teams, that is, the 15 Founding Clubs will always remain safe irrespective of whether they win or lose every game. It’s kind of similar to the American Leagues like the NBA (National Basketball Association) or the NFL (National Football League) which is also called as the Franchise Based Leagues. Only the other 5 teams can get relegated and the other 15 Founding Teams will never ever be relegated! Football is becoming exclusive for some teams and so the Purpose, the Value of Winning goes for a toss because no matter what happens whether they win or lose they are guaranteed spots in the ESL. These clubs will be given 3.5 Billion Dollars just for participating in it, it is tough for owners to reject such a proposal but such a proposal goes against the absolute Value and Spirit of this amazing Sport. This League is basically making the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer which is totally unfair to small teams.

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These 15 Founding Clubs were Invited just on the basis of their rich history and culture and their fanbases. Can you Imagine underachiever teams like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs and even Juventus for that matter who are currently struggling to even qualify for the Champions League are guaranteed Spots in the ESL just because of their rich fanbases. This Proposal was basically a Money-Driven Decision, and most Importantly the respective Club Managers and Players who are the major stakeholders of any team were not even consulted before taking this decision.

Manchester Derby

Also if this League would have continued then UEFA and FIFA the 2 governing bodies of World Football would have banned the teams from the Domestic Leagues like the Spanish La Liga, the English Premier League and Italian Seria A. Also the Players of the respective clubs would also be barred from representing their Countries! Can u imagine LaLiga without the El Classico(Real Madrid vs Barcelona) and Madrid Derby (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid) ? Can u Imagine the Premier League without the Manchester Derby ( Manchester United vs Manchester City)? Can you imagine the Serie A without the Milan Derby (Inter Milan vs AC Milan)? And can u imagine the World Cup without Ronaldo, Messi, Hazard, De Bruyne and other big stars? I bet you can’t because these are the matches we Crave for! This league would mean that Domestic Leagues and also the UEFA Champions League would eventually loose their shine because no one would watch teams like Real Sociedad take on Athletic Bilbao or a Sporting Lisbon take on Galatasaray. This league could have been disastrous for Small teams and Football in general.

Milan Derby
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Another Important Aspect of this league is that if it continued Small Teams would have lost their lustre and eventually fall apart. We know what happened when underdogs like Greece won the Euros in 2004 and when Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, it inspired so many ! It is always heart-warming for all of us when Teams like Ajax and Porto qualify for the Quarter Finals of the Champions League by eliminating giants like Juventus and Real Madrid on the way! This is what Football is all about where underdogs beat the giants of European Football! All this things wouldn’t be possible if the ESL came into existence. Imagine this league started 20 years ago then Great Players like Ronaldo and Messi who started their career in Sporting Lisbon and Newells Old Boys respectively, might not have become so great. Because great players always start their career by playing for small teams and if small teams don’t exist these players won’t get the recognition they deserve! Yes I agree that we do like to watch big teams play each other, but watching them play every week would surely get tedious and eventually we will lose interest!

Approximately 80-85% of fans all around the World were not happy with this league, many managers and players of these clubs also opposed such a league and all these major stakeholders were not even taken into consideration by the owners which is truly flabbergasting! This proves that owners were just behind money and nothing else.

Reaction of Football Experts and How Fans saved the Day for Football

The domestic leagues and Uefa have condemned the actions and view it as a blatant power-grab. They have also pointed out clubs and players could be banned for participating.

Chelsea Fans Protesting against ESL

A joint statement by Uefa, the FA, the Premier League and their Spanish and Italian counterparts said: “We will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.” In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the plans “very damaging” and suggested they would “strike at the heart of the domestic game”, before housing minister Christopher Pincher told Sky News on Monday that “we don’t want to see a footballing league which is by the elite, for the elite, of the elite”. Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool FC Manager Jurgen Klopp and many players like Liverpool player James Milner strongly condemned and criticized this new breakaway League! Pep Guardiola in an Interview expressed his disapproval by saying, ” It’s not a Sport if relation between Effort and Reward and Effort and Success does not exist. It’s not a Sport if it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s not a sport if Success is already guaranteed”!

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Just after the News broke out former Manchester United Players Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand and former Liverpool FC player Jamie Carragher strongly condemned and criticized their own clubs for this complicit decision. Their Podcast in SkySports had garnered millions of views overnight! Their Strong and Critical Interview Enthused millions of football fans to oppose such a bizarre league. The Proposal got widespread Criticism and Condemnation from not only Football fans but also from Governing Bodies of different Countries Europe. Fans from all over the World started berating their own club for their decision. Mobs started gathering outside the stadium in large numbers and did everything possible to be heard by their clubs.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher Slams ESL

After all this opposition from their own fans many clubs started realizing their mistake and 8 out of the 12 Founding Clubs withdrew from the League. Chelsea and Manchester City were the first ones to withdraw from the league which was followed by teams like Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool FC, Inter and AC Milan also quickly followed the suit leaving a third Serie A club, Juventus, and Spanish trio Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona as the last standing members of the breakaway group. This shows that fans have been victorious in their fight against the ESL

Rio Ferdinand lashes out on ESL

Immediate Fallout of ESL

The Immediate Fallout of this whole ESL Saga is that firstly Everyone Involved in the European Super League were forced to apologize. The English Premier League (PL) were the first ones to impose sanctions on these officials of ESL. PL stated that all Officials from these 12 Founding Clubs of ESL who are involved in Premier League Committees will have to resign or else they will be removed from their post. Premier Leagues have different committees like for example the Audit and Remuneration Committee has Chelsea FC Chairman Bruce Buck on Board, Club Strategic Advisory Committee which has Arsenal FC’s Office Bearers on Board. So all such officials have to resign from their posts or else they will be chucked off. UEFA and FIFA are yet to announce sanctions for the clubs but will sooner or later will penalize these founding clubs to ensure that this sorry episode won’t repeat itself!

Final Takeaway

Top Clubs of ESL were affected badly due to the Coronavirus Pandemic which forced them to take a decision on ESL to mitigate their losses. But the Pandemic has affected the smaller clubs more badly which the ESL clubs didn’t care for. At a time when being Empathetic and Selfless towards one another was the right option, these owners chose the wrong option of being Selfish and Greedy which could have murdered football. It was a total money driven decision which was followed by Widespread Criticism and Condemnation.

UK PM Boris Johnson on ESL

This whole episode shows that despite being in an Era of Corporate Control over Sports, we all fans emerged as Victorious. If football owners didn’t already know before the farce known as the ESL collapsed, no football club would exist without the fans that help build them into the clubs we know and love today. You can’t make life-altering decisions regarding ‘your’ clubs without consulting the fans and knowing you have the vast majority of their support. Trying to sneak your way into an ESL and hoping that the negative reaction will disappear over time is simply naive. It has been stated by a number of pundits on television and the internet that many of these foreign owners still have a lot to learn about the fans of these clubs. We don’t give up, we will stand up and we will be heard.

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Tribute to the Legendary Diego Maradona ⚽😍✨

Hello Friends, I am back with my new blog on Tribute to the Legendary Diego Maradona. Arguably considered as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Armando Maradona sadly passed away on 25th November, 2020 due to Cardiac Arrest at the age of 60 which bought the whole footballing fraternity into a standstill. Tributes started pouring in for the Argentine legend from his fans all across the World. So in this blog I would be giving a small tribute to Maradona. I would be writing about his career, the awards he received, memorable moments and facts about Maradona and will then end my blog with some life lessons from Maradona. So let’s get started!

Club and National Career

Playing Style

Described as a “classic number 10” in the media, Maradona was a traditional playmaker who usually played in a free role, either as an attacking midfielder behind the forwards, or as a second striker in a front–two, although he was also deployed as an offensive–minded Central midfielder on many occasion. Maradona was renowned for his Dribbling ability, vision, close ball control, passing, and creativity, and is considered to have been one of the most skilful players and one of the greatest dribblers in the history of the game.

He was immensely talented and had a great passion and love for football. He once famously quoted in an interview, “When I die, I want to be born again and want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again.” He used to dribble and beat defenders with ease when he was at his peak, opponent defenders were scared to mark him. He was a charismatic team leader, a guy who always resolved difficulties that may come up on the pitch.

Argentinos Juniors

Maradona at Argentinos Juniors

On 20 October 1976, Maradona made his professional debut for Argentinos Juniors , 10 days before his 16th birthday vs Talleres De Cordoba. He entered to the pitch wearing the number 16 jersey, and became the youngest player in the history of the Argentine Primera Division. In his Debut match he nutmegged an opponent defender, Juan Domingo Cabrera, and receive an “ole” from the crowd, hailing the arrival of a special talent. After the debut match Maradona said that he felt he had the sky in his hands. The 5 feet 5 inch Argentine achieved the highest greatness in his overall professional career and led his club teams to championships in Argentina, Italy and Spain.

Maradona spent five years at Argentinos Juniors, from 1976 to 1981, scoring 115 goals in 167 appearances before his US$ 4 million transfer to Boca Juniors. Maradona with his poise, skill and talent became the best player for Argentinos as he scored 100 goals for the club merely at the age of 19. He left Argentinos in 1981 as he needed to move to a club more befitting his new stature.

Boca Juniors

Maradona at Boca Juniors

Maradona was transferred to his boyhood club, Boca Juniors, for a fee of 4 Million US$, a club he always wanted to play for on 20th February 1981. He received offers to join other clubs, including River Plate, Boca Juniors’ Arch Rivals, who offered to make him the club’s best paid player but he declined all of them for Boca.  He made his debut two days later against Talleres De Cordoba, scoring twice in the club’s 4–1 win. On 10 April, Maradona played his first Superclassico against Arch Rivals River Plate at La Bombonera stadium. Boca defeated River 3–0 with Maradona scoring a goal after dribbling past Alberto Tarantini and Fillol. Despite the distrustful relationship between Maradona and Boca Juniors manager, Silvi Marzolini, Boca had a successful season, winning the League Title after securing a point against Racing Club. That would be the only title won by Maradona in the Argentine domestic league.

Maradona scored 28 goals in 40 matches for Boca Juniors after having a successful season with them. He in very quick time achieved the legendary status in Boca and became fan’s favorite just at the age of 20. He became an idol for many young kids all over the world due to his skill, talent and passion for football. There were reports that Boca Juniors took loan for the transfer of Maradona to Boca from Argentinos as at that time Boca were struggling with financial problems and couldn’t pay his huge fees. Maradona gave his best for both clubs which grew massively just due to his presence!!

Barcelona

Maradona at Barca

After the 1982 World Cup, in June, Maradona was transferred to one of the best teams of Spain Barcelona for a then World Record Fee of $7.6 million. Maradona was the team’s top scorer in the 1982-83 season for Barca and showed at times why he would later be considered, perhaps, the best of all time. His time at Barcelona would be marked by a bout of hepatitis, some successes, fights, a long injury, the “discovery” of cocaine, a near-riot, and a transfer to Napoli – an ultimately frustrating but sometimes brilliant two years.

In Barcelona, Spanish people nicknamed him ‘El Pibe De Oro’ which meant The Golden Boy, owing to his enormous Skill and Passion for Football. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, He had won a Copa del Rey, a Copa de la Liga and a Spanish Super Cup at and scored an impressive 38 goals in 58 matches for the blaugranes. After a controversial but successful 2 seasons at Barca, Maradona left Barca and joined Italian side Napoli in 1984 for another World Record fee of 10.4 Million Dollars. Disillusioned with life in Spain and at odds with the FC Barcelona board, Maradona saw a lucrative move to Italy as a way out of the impasse in which he found himself.

Napoli

Maradona at Napoli

History will show Napoli as one of Italian football’s most historic clubs yet there is a true turning point between life before Diego Maradona and life after his spell in Naples. The club was officially founded on August 1,1926 yet many in Italy consider the real birth of the club happened on the day Maradona was presented to supporters on July 5, 1984. Around 80,000 fans flocked to the Stadio San Paolo with tickets sold at three times their face value to see the arrival of their new hero. The club was financially in trouble, but Maradona still received 10.4 Million $ for it. The club took a loan from a bank to pay Maradona’s fee. By joining this weak club, Maradona had shown the world that he knows to take risks. Sports writer David Goldblatt commented, “Napoli Fans were convinced that the saviour had arrived.”A local newspaper stated that despite the lack of a “mayor, houses, schools, buses, employment and sanitation, none of this matters because we have Maradona”. Prior to Maradona’s arrival, Italian football was dominated by teams from the north and centre of the country, such as A.C. Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma, and no team in the south of the Italian Peninsula had ever won a league title. Many Neapolitans have named their sons Diego, for he was able to redeem a city that was often the target of prejudices and discrimination.

The famous number 10 Jersey of Maradona which was retired by Napoli in Honour of him

Napoli was the most underdeveloped city of Italy at that time, and there used to be a terror of drug mafias. This club was not in a good condition and it was called ‘Back Benchers Club’ as it did not have any good players. But Maradona reversed both the game and luck of this club as soon as he arrived and quickly became Napoli fans’ favourite. At Napoli, Maradona reached the peak of his professional career and in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. In his entire career with Napoli, he won 2 Seria A, 1 Coppa Italia, A Uefa Cup and a Supercoppa Italiana and scored 115 goals in 259 matches. Maradona changed the lives of Neapolitans so much so that they started worshipping him as a God. After his death, Napoli renamed their stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona to honour the late club legend.

Napoli Fans pay Tribute to the Late Maradona!

After serving a 15-month ban for failing a drug test for cocaine, Maradona left Napoli in disgrace in 1992. Despite interest from Real Madrid and Marseille, he signed for Sevilla, where he stayed for one year. In 1993, he played for Newell’s Old Boys and in 1995 returned to Boca Juniors for a two-year stint.

Argentina (International Career)

Maradona in Argentina

 Maradona made his full international debut at age 16, against Hungary, on 27 February 1977. Maradona was left off the Argentine squad for the 1978 World Cup on home soil by coach Cesar Luis Menotti who felt he was too young at age 17.

Maradona with the 1986 World Cup Trophy

He participated in 4 World Cups for Argentina in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 and under his leadership Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. Argentina also won the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1979 and the Artemia Franchi Trophy in 1993 with Maradona. In his entire career with Argentina, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 matches and achieved great success for Argentina. He was the star for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup scoring 5 goals in 7 matches and he also won the Golden Ball Award in that Tournament.

After his Retirement he even managed clubs like Argentinian clubs Argentinos Juniors, Racing Club, Textil Mandiyu, UAE Clubs like Fujairah and Al Wasl FC and Mexican Club Dorado. He also managed the Argentina National Team from 2008 to 2010.

Maradona with Argentine legend Messi when he managed Argentina in 2008

Awards and Honours

Diego Maradona received hundreds of individual awards and trophies in his 17 year blistering and successful career. The Notable ones include

  1. FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball in 1979
  2. Argentine Footballer of the Year in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1986
  3. South American Footballer of the Year in 1979 and 1980
  4. FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1986
  5. FIFA World Cup All Star Team in 1986 and 1990
  6. United Press Athlete of the Year Award in 1986
  7. Number 10 (Jersey Number of Maradona) retired by Napoli Football Team as a recognition to his contribution for the club in 2000
  8. FIFA Goal of the Century – For his Second Goal against England in the 1986 World Cup
  9. Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award in 2012
  10. AFA Team of All time in 2015
  11. Italian Football Hall of Fame and many other Awards

Magical Moments of Maradona

The ‘Hand Of God’ Goal

Hand of God Goal vs England

This goal is one of the most controversial goals in Maradona’s career, isn’t it? Maradona’s performance against England in the 1986 World Cup has already gone down in history as his most iconic display for his country. For a match befitting the rivalry, the action on the pitch was tense and tetchy, and it needed something out of the ordinary to bring the contest to life. Unsurprisingly, it was Maradona who provided it. When a loose ball was hacked into the air by a panicking Steve Hodge, Maradona latched onto its flight path long before anyone else, including England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Hand of God Goal

With the ball dropping from a great height in the heart of England’s penalty area, Maradona leapt into the air and, just as Shilton appeared in range to punch clear, knocked the ball past the outrushing keeper and into the empty England net. There was a brief moment of hesitation from Maradona, who knew he’d used his hand to get the better of Shilton. But, in a moment of thinking every bit as quick as the handball itself, he glanced at the linesman, saw no adverse reaction from the official, and charged away in celebration. After the match, he referred to the goal being scored by “The Hand of God.” It broke the hearts of their big rivals and helped Argentina win the match 2-1, and it was a goal that has lived in infamy ever since.

The ‘Goal of The Century’

If Maradona’s first goal against England was one of the most controversial ever scored in a World Cup, then his second was almost certainly the greatest.

Goal of the Century vs England

With Argentina 1-0 up, and with England looking to open up in search of an equalizer, Maradona picked up a loose ball in the center circle, twisted and turned, and set off on the most legendary run ever seen during a World Cup match. Maradona outpaced the entire England midfield, then tore through England’s notoriously tough-tackling back line before swerving past Shilton and passing the ball into the empty net.

Genius Goal of the Decade

It was, quite simply, a moment of pure football genius, and showed just why Maradona was considered the greatest player in the world. It’s also something that no other Argentinian player, including Lionel Messi, has ever come close to replicating on the sport’s biggest stage.

His One-Man Show against Belgium

If his two-goal performance against England in the quarter-finals was iconic, his display in the semi-finals against Belgium was arguably even more complete. With his teammates misfiring in front of goal, despite being teed up by a string of Maradona passes, the little No. 10 took matters into his own hands and won the game by himself.

Maradona vs Belgium

A beautiful flick of his left boot put Argentina into the lead after he outsprinted two Belgian defenders, and goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff, to Jorge Burruchaga’s through ball. Then, he netted another stunning solo effort when he picked up the ball 40 yards from goal, turned on the afterburners and sped past all four members of Belgium’s defense before firing unerringly into the far corner.

Maradona’s great goal vs Belgium in 1986 World Cup Semis

It was another example of Maradona taking a game by the scruff of its neck and winning it almost single-handedly, and it saw Argentina make it all the way to the World Cup final, where he would go on to set up the winning goal with a beautiful pass for Burruchaga.

His Iconic Warm-Up at Napoli

Maradona Iconic Warmup

One of the most memorable videos of Maradona features the Argentinian superstar during his pre-match warm-up ahead of a match for Serie A side Napoli in the late-1980s. While his teammates, including Brazilian superstars Careca and Alemao, warmed up diligently, Maradona instead danced and played with a football. And it was brilliant!!

Maradona’s Iconic Warm-up in Napoli

The sight of Maradona, bootlaces untied, dancing to 1980s hit “Live is Life” by Opus while juggling a football with ridiculous ease, showed the world the sheer mastery of a football Maradona possessed at his peak. The video, which has been posted and reposted online countless times, has been watched on YouTube more than five million times, and continues to captivate fans to this day.

Life Lessons from Diego Maradona

Inspite of Maradona’s controversial life affairs and his cocaine addiction, his enthusiasm towards sports was truly an inspiration for millions. He was a hero of many legends across the globe. He alleviated the standards of the game.

Here is his top 10 rules for glorified success in life:

LIVE LIFE BLACK & WHITE

He was a bold lad with no in between. His saying “I’m black or white, I’ll never be grey in my life,” should be the utmost life priority in this hypocritic world. Either you are good or you are bad, never be a dual face personality. He is been hailed as anti imperiliast, left wing socialist, who always supported progressive movements.

ONLY HARD WORK PAYS OFF

“When people succeed it’s because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.” There is no myth formula to become successful, rather it is your hard work, sleepless nights and resistance that pays you off.

BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE THE BEST

“My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me” This envisaged self-belief gives you unbreakable confidence. People having a strong belief in you should be your priority, as their hope in you creates self belief and confidence in you.

BE PATRIOTIC

“I’d give my life to be the national team coach.” Because wherever you go, you only known by your origin. Stick to your soil, stick to your people. Always try to be their pride. Never forget your roots because ultimately it’s your roots who have made you. Always remember where you came for and why you wanted to follow your passion

Progress is Important, Rather than Win

“When you win, you don’t get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far.” Always try to prefer progressive mind set, not necessarily only wining mind set, as this slow progression can lead you to the Pinnacle of your life!

Love and Follow your Passion

“To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world.” Love what you passion for, what you dreamt for. You will find true happiness whenever you pursue your passion. That passion for achieving something big should bring a fire in you it should ignite you to achieve more. Never let your Hunger and Love for your Passion Die

Take Risk to Achieve your Targets

“You can say a lot of things about me, but you can never say I don’t take risks.” Maradona’s transfer from Barca to a struggling side Napoli was an evidence that he always loved to take risks. Take risks if you want to achieve big. Step out of your comfort zone and test your potentials.

Don’t Care about Negative People

“All the people that criticized me should eat their words.” Only take advice from sincerest people around and ignore bullies around you. As those negative opinions are only here to create hindrance. Keep head straight & move on!

Have a Big Heart and Mind

“I am Maradona, who makes goals, who makes mistakes. I can take it all, I have shoulders big enough to fight with everybody.” Have a big heart and mind, if you aim to achieve big. Because only people with strong shoulders can bear expectations pressure.

Always Aim for Eternity

“I’m alive and I want to keep living.” We can live for eternity by our acts, by our performances and by our impression. Therefore, try to leave your good acts & hence good name to remember. We get Eternity not only by our performances in our professional lives but also by the acts and treatment given to other people. One should always be a good human being and help each other!

Conclusion

2 legends Maradona and Pele

Diego Maradona touched the Pinnacle of Football world and also dived into darkness. His life went from Rags to Riches and then back to darkness. He was worshipped like a god owing to his supreme talent and love for football but his demons almost destroyed him. Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his soccer-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Peron. Maradona was a player who, apart from scoring goals, also made mistakes. He once famously quoted, “I am Maradona, I make goals, I make Mistakes. I can take it all. I have shoulders big enough to fight with everybody!”

Maradona with former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly during his trip to India

A magician with the ball – deceptively quick and a visionary passer – Maradona is considered by some as the greatest soccer player ever, edging out that other great, Brazil’s Pele. In Argentina, he was worshipped as ‘El Dios’ – The God – and in Spain he was regarded as ‘El Pibe De Oro’ which meant the ‘Golden Boy’. One of the most gifted soccer players in history, Maradona’s pinnacle of glory came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986 before plunging to misery when he was kicked out the 1994 World Cup for doping.

Maradona with Ronaldo

In the language of football fans, Maradona was and will always remain immortal. But with this immortality, as a human being, he had all the characteristics and imperfections which made him different from others and also similar to others. Maradona was supremely talented and he was immensely passionate about football.

Rest in Peace Legend! Your Passion and Enthusiasm for Football will never be forgotten!

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Dazzling Dubai – Part II

Hello Friends. Welcome back to the Second Part of Dazzling Dubai. This part will be more exciting and interesting so get ready to explore the Thrill and Beauty of this wonderful city. Do read the first part of Dazzling Dubai to know more about Dubai’s Culture and Festivals, and it’s Tourist Attractions. In this blog, I will be writing about some amazing and thrilling things to do in Dubai and also some of the Interesting and Unknown facts about Dubai. So let’s get started!!

Dazzling Dubai – Part I Link : https://ananthsportography.wordpress.com/2020/10/11/dazzling-dubai-part-1/

Amazing Things to do and see in Dubai

15. Skydiving in Dubai

Skydive Dubai

Let’s start the second part of Dazzling Dubai with the most thrilling attraction of Dubai- Skydiving! What’s more Adrenaline-pumping than being thrown down from a plane at 13,000 feet above sea level and freefalling at 120 miles/hour? Fulfill your dream to fly by engaging in this thrilling activity on your next trip to Dubai.

If there’s one thing every adventure-seeker must sign up for, it’s a skydiving experience. Skydive Dubai provides tandem skydive opportunities, supervised by trained professionals. You’ll have to book well in advance to secure a spot, but it’s worth it as you dive through the clouds from 13,000 Feet and take in views of the Landmark Palm Jumeirah or Rolling Dunes of the Desert. The 2 locations of Skydiving in Dubai are the Palm Zone and the Desert Zone. In the Palm Zone you will get to view the Amazing Dubai Skyline and Attractions like Palm Jumeira Island, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, etc and it costs around 2200 Dirhams. The Desert Zone offers incredible views of the endless desert of the city. You’ll see stunning sand dunes and the Dubai skyline in the distance. Also, you can keep reliving the epic experience thanks to perfectly-captured videos by the Skydive Dubai team. It’s one for every Thrill-seeker’s Bucket-list!!

Skydive Dubai in Palm Zone

16. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an Indoor Ski Resort with 22,500 square meters of the Indoor Ski area and is Currently the Largest Indoor Ski Park in the World! It has a capacity to hold 6000 tons of snow  with various rides, shows and classes to keep the visitors entertained amidst a winter setting. The snow Park has an Interesting Chairlift ride, adrenaline shooting zipline, Tube slides, Giant ball running down, a 10 feet ramp for jumping, snowboarding, skiing and many more interesting activities.

Meet the snow penguins up close and personal as they are dedicated to teaching the snow park guests about the nature of Gentoo and King penguins. Witness the March of the penguins, a fascinating moment where the snow penguins march together several times a day to charm the visitors. Trained professionals are in charge of organizing ski classes with much care for both beginners and experienced visitors. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Ski Dubai and stay away from the sweltering heat of the city by indulging in a day-long activity at the indoor snow Park. With approximately 6000 tons of snow and a temperature of 4 degrees Celcius, grab a nice hot chocolate from one of In-house Restaurants or Cafeterias and make your visit memorable! It’s surely a Paradise for all Adventure-seekers and Snow lovers and a must visit when in Dubai!!

Ski Dubai Tour

17. Waterfront Market

Waterfront Market

The bustling Deira Waterfront Market is an absolute must-see for foodies. Although it has always been a popular souk and a visitor favourite for many years, it’s now even bigger and better. The original Deira Fish Market, which had served customers since 1958, underwent a modern-day upgrade in mid-2017 resulting in a state-of-the-art urban facility.

This makes the market even bigger, cleaner and air-conditioned. But the atmosphere is still just like the old souk, and visitors can still find a magnificent assortment of seafood, including lobster, kingfish and pomfret. Grab seafood bargains at wholesale prices, and haggle your way through. You’ll also find plenty of other meats, fruits and vegetables in the same complex. Waterfront Market offers the widest variety of fresh seafood at attractive prices. Whether you’re looking for exotic seafood varieties or local delicacies, you’ll find it all at Waterfront Market under one roof. You can’t leave Dubai without experiencing the vibrant sights, sounds and smells of the traditional souks, which really bring the city to life.

Varieties of Seafoods in Waterfront Market

18. Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Dubai

Fly above the Arabian sands with a Balloon Adventures Emirates Hot Air Balloon Tour. Balloon Adventures has created a world first– where passengers get to share the skies with the World’s Fastest Animal – the Falcons, as they experience a one-of-a-kind aerial adventure. Choose from a variety of packages, ideal for a romantic rendezvous, a corporate celebration, or an unforgettable family fun day. Dubai Hot air flight is a thrilling experience while floating over an infinite carpet of sand. The view of green patches of oasis and herd of camels makes for a perfect photographic scene.

As the longest operating hot air balloon company in Dubai, with a staff of international pilots that have logged more than 60 years of flying experience, you’ll be in safe hands as you glide 1,200m above the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The adventure starts at sunrise, followed by an hour-long flight that is definitely worth the early wake-up. Following whichever way the desert breeze blows, you’ll enjoy Stunning views of the rolling red sands, rising sun, grazing gazelles and majestic Hajar Mountains. The experience doesn’t end once you land, as you’ll ride in an open top 1950s Vintage Land Rovers to an authentic Bedouin camp where you can unwind and enjoy an amazing breakfast.

Stunning Hot Air Balloon Tour

19. Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai is claimed to be the world’s most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project of UAE. It is the region’s first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination and it receives over 5 Million visitors every year. The event is organized during the winter season between late November and late February and is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. This year the Park will reopen to visitors on October 25 and will complete 25 years of it’s opening!

This destination brings cultures together as you discover different parts of the world in just a few hours. The pavilions are designed to replicate iconic structures and local architecture. Explore it all from London’s Big Ben and Italy’s leaning tower of Pisa, or take selfies against the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal and travel back in time to ancient Egypt. Thousands of retail outlets set up shop here, wherein visitors can grab an array of products and specialities on an international scale. There are many fun activities for adults as well as for kids, with theatre and rides to enjoy on.  The event also witnesses international performances including concerts, which are performed by singers from all over the world. Many Notable International Celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Neha Kakkar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Guru Randhawa, Atif Aslam, Jason Derulo, Liam Payne, etc have performed here! So if you are looking for an entertaining day, Global Village is a must try in Dubai!

Indian Pavilion in Global Village Dubai

20. Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai is a fun-filled amusement park located in the area of Jumeirah beach, in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab that portrays the true Arabian experience. Owned and operated by the world-renowned hotel group, Jumeirah International, Wild Wadi Water Park is listed amongst the 20 best water parks in the world. This exciting park offers over 30 odd rides and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Besides the adrenaline pumping activities, this water park also has many relaxing and fun rides.

There are a number of speed slides for something with a bit more tempo and excitement. Try your hand at the Flood River Flyer, or test your limits on the Jumeirah Sceirah. There’s also a surfing simulator to try and fight the water flow on a surfboard or bodyboard. What makes the park people’s favourite is the fantastic location. Located in Jumeirah, the people on the park’s rides have the view of the beautiful Burj Al Arab, the world-famous Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach and many more! The Park has 5 restaurants and snack bars within the premises and carts moving around the property selling ice creams, popcorn, and cotton candy. The Park also has two gift shops selling souvenirs and other essentials like swimming diapers, anti-slip socks for kids, etc. If you are up for some Adrenaline-pumping activities, this Water park is a must visit destination in Dubai!

The scenic view of the Burj Al Arab from the Waterpark

21. Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Recently renovated to offer even more exceptional experiences, the 119-hectare wildlife sanctuary in Dubai is home to nearly 3,000 animals from all over the world. The zoo is divided into various zones named as ‘Villages’, and these are classified based on the regions around the world in which the animals are based. They are Safari Village, African Village, Asian Village, Wadi Village, Arabian Village and Kids Farm which is a playground for children to learn about wildlife.

The park features 15 species of carnivores alone, alongside an array of primates, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Other highlights include a new ‘behind the scenes’ experience, interactive activities such as feeding giraffes, and a dedicated Kids Farm for little ones to keep discovering. The Dubai Safari Park aims to be one of the top 10 zoos in the world thanks to its commitment to animal conservation, protection and education. This place is definitely worth a visit for all Wildlife Enthusiasts!!

A child feeding giraffe

22. IMG Worlds of Adventure

Thrilling IMG World’s of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is a mega themed, air-conditioned, indoor entertainment getaway spread over an expanse of 1.5 million sq. ft, which is equivalent to 28 football fields.  IMG Worlds of Adventure ensures best of recreation to family, adventure-seekers, shopaholics, gourmets, and movie-maniacs. The park comprising of 4 epic adventure zones, 25 retail outlets, 28 restaurants, 100 actors and entertainers and 12-screen Novo cine complex promises awesome and wholesome merriment to visitors of all ages and interests. Serviced by 1500 employees, IMG has the capacity to entertain 20,000 explorers a day.

Established in 2016 in ‘the heart of Dubai’, IMG is the city’s first mega indoor theme park with world-class amenities and entertainment. From The Avengers to The Powerpuff Girls and life-size dinosaurs in The Lost Valley, IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of Dubai’s largest and most exciting theme parks! The Haunted Hotel is a must-try attraction but only if you dare and can hold your nerve as you try to find the exit because the Hotel is full of Entertainment but is very very spooky too! Other Adventure Zones include Avengers Battle of Ultron, Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Revenge, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Predator, Dino Carousel, Adventure Fortress, Ben10 5D Hero Time, The Powerpuff Girls and many others that will surely make your day worth remembering!!

The Marvel Zone!

23. Dubai Frame

Gigantic Dubai Frame

Dubai, the City of Superlatives has added yet another feather to its cap. Dubai Frame is the world’s biggest frame situated at Zabeel park. It is the structure offering a 360-degree view of the humble past residing in Old Dubai and the plush and developing modern Dubai. The architectural wonder has two towers at a height of 150 meters joined together by a 93metre long bridge at the top. it is one of the must visit Dubai Attractions for families and photographers.

Step onto the clear 50m-long opaque glass bridge at the Sky-deck. Crafted from liquid crystal with an underlying film triggered by sensors, the floor becomes clear only when a visitor walks over it. Peer at the ground beneath, all while feeling like you’re walking on air. Don’t miss the Future Zone, where an immersive time tunnel reveals what Dubai is expected to look like in 50 years, complete with flying taxis, underwater living and incredible missions to space. It has a host of fine dining restaurants, top-rated Hotels and Café’s to offer variety and entertainment to its visitors along with the spectacular view of Dubai skyline on either side Tickets are priced at just AED50 for adults, AED20 for children and kids under three go free. It truly reflects the Architectural Success of Dubai and is a must visit attraction in this beautiful city!!

Stunning Night View of the Dubai Frame

24. Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping Dubai

Bungee jumping in a city full of skyscrapers is a must-try when in Dubai. Gravity Zone is Dubai’s first permanent bungee operator and takes you as high as 50 meters from where you will free fall! Get the fantastic view of the Dubai cityscape as you free fall to the view of the Burj Khalifa and the magnificent Dubai waterfront!!

The professionals ensure that everyone is safe while jumping off the tall crane with bungee elastic cords being attached to your body. You can jump solo or with your friends and family in a group of two and double up the fun of this thrilling activity! Gravity zone also has professional photographers and videographers that create memories with their cameras to make you remember this daring adventure forever. You can also have Dubai’s skyline or tallest Burj Khalifa as a background in the pictures or videos you pay for.

Dubai Bungee Jumping by Gravity Zone!!

Interesting Snippets and Future Dream Projects of Dubai

1. Expo 2020

EXPO 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 is not only the biggest upcoming event in the Arab world but also the first-ever World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. This phenomenal exhibition will have 192 countries participating and millions of visitors globally. This six-month event will be a celebration of culture, collaboration and innovation. The Dubai Expo 2020, that was originally scheduled to start from 20th October 2020, has been postponed by a year and will now be held from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 due to the ongoing Covid-19 Crisis.

World Expo or World’s Fair is an International Exhibition where countries all over the world come together to showcase their latest industrial and scientific achievements. The platform is open up for the latest inventions and technology. The World Expo is a festival of exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture. For visitors from around the globe, there are numerous attractions, rides and food. Do you know that the first World World Expo, the Great Exhibition happened in Crystal Palace, London, in the year 1851? Its theme was “Industry of all Nations”.  Since then, the World Expos have been significant events in the history for bringing to public something they’ve never seen before.

The Theme for Dubai Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and Subthemes include ‘Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility’! The Pavilions to look out for are the Opportunity Pavilion, Sustainability Pavilion, Mobility Pavilion, Japan Pavilion, Morocco Pavilion, Oman Pavilion, Russia Pavilion, Singapore Pavilion and many others. The highlight of the grand event would undoubtedly be the first-ever Emirati Opera of Al Wasl which reflects the History and Culture of the Emirates. With more than 50 types of cuisines and over 200 eateries expected, food-lovers are surely going to have an amazing adventure. Here’s another thing that will get you hyped, You will see food being prepared using augmented and virtual reality! Activities to do in Expo 2020 include witnessing the first ever public testing of VTOL Aircraft by UBER, experiencing Ropeless Elevator, Drench in Indoor Rainfall, Hog on Cuisines, Shopping, Glimpse the future of Travel with Hyperloop, Explore Culture of 192 Countries, Enjoy super fast connectivity with 5G network and many other exciting activities!! So if you are planning a trip to Dubai next year, make sure that you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime kinda experience !!

Dubai Expo 2020 Preview

2. Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050

Solar park Dubai

Dubai has become an international pioneer in developing the clean and renewable energy sector. It has developed a number of techniques and practices to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector while rationalizing consumption and finding alternative solutions to conventional energy. This supports the sustainable development of the Emirate. 

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020. This target will increase to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Dubai is the only city in the region to have launched such a promising strategy, with set goals and timelines that map the future of energy until 2050. To reach this ambitious target Dubai has several initiatives in place. One such notable initiative include the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the largest single-site solar energy project in the world, with a planned total production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion. If Dubai reach this Ambitious Target, they will be the City with the Lowest Carbon Footprint in the World by 2050. Such Initiatives inspire other Countries too to follow the suit!

Solar Park Dubai

3. UAE Costa Drone Drop

UAE Costa Drone Drop http://wikipedia

When you think about the kind of optimistic future promised to us by (some) science fiction writers, what could sound more fictional than a drone descending from the heavens to deliver you an iced coffee while you’re lounging on the beach?

That’s something Costa’s Jumeirah Beach Drive-Thru store Trialled in 2017 in the swanky Kite Beach area of Dubai, with its niftily-named Coffee-Copter. While there’s no guarantee that this becomes a permanent fixture of the beach scene, it speaks volumes about Dubai’s innovation that this was even trialled. Reportedly, this process took a mere 15 minutes, from the placing of an order to successful delivery. Here’s what that looked like, courtesy of Costa coffee!

Costa Coffee

4. A Real Life Robo Cop

https://www.springwise.com/dubai-launches-real-life-robocop/

Less smiley, but just as metallic as the robot host at the Rosemont Five Star Hotel is Dubai’s latest law enforcement officer. The first robot cop was introduced, complete with a camera for transmitting live images and identifying suspects, and a touch screen which can be used by members of the public to report crimes and ask questions. It will also will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government program aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines. According to the Smart Services division of the Dubai police, such humanoid robots will make up an entire quarter of the local police force by 2030.

5. Dubai Autonomous Flying Taxis

Dubai Flying Taxi http://wikipedia




Autonomous flying Taxis may seem like an image out of a science fiction movie, but the technology already physically exists: Dubai began testing electric taxi drones in September 2017. Similar to a two-seater helicopter, the Volocopter taxi is designed for 30-minute flights to and from ‘voloports,’ which are basically train stations for flying taxis. The Autonomous Air Taxi has a variety of unique features that include top security and safety standards, and multiple redundancies in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics and flight controls. Although it’s not yet available commercially, the 18-rotor flying drone promises to be the eco-friendly, electrically-powered transportation solution of tomorrow — so long as you don’t want a flight longer than 30 minutes, that is!

Dubai Flying Taxi

Other Important Information

1. Currency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dirham, also known simply as Emirati Dirham is the Currency of United Arab Emirates. The Currency is officially abbreviated as AED. Currently 1 AED equals to 20 Indian Rupees and 0.27 United States (US) Dollars. It is advisable to convert home currency into Dirham for ease of travelling and saving money and you can easily exchange currencies from the Dubai International Airport itself!

2. Languages Spoken

Arabic is the Official Language in Dubai. English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai, especially for Business, Trade and Tourism. Around 75% of the Population of Dubai are Expatriates and so most of them speak English and/or their Native Language!

3. VISA Procedures

Citizens of more than 58 Countries can avail the Opportunity of On-Arrival Visa in Dubai. To know more details about Visa Procedures for visiting Dubai, kindly visit the link given below!

UAE Visa Link – https://www.visitdubai.com/en/plan-your-trip/visa-information

Here are some more exclusive pics of Dubai

Me enjoying Quad Biking in Desert Safari Dubai
Me in Dubai
Shahrukh Khan invites you to Dubai!

So that’s it friends for the Dazzling Dubai blog! Hope you enjoyed the Virtual Tour to Dubai. I personally enjoyed my trip to Dubai and strongly recommend you all too to visit this beautiful city ! Do Like and Share my Blog with all your Travel Freak Friends!! Comment your Views on Dubai in the comment section below and also do read my first part of Dazzling Dubai Blog! I will be sharing many more Travel Blogs in days to come, Until then Stay Safe and take care of yourself!!

Dazzling Dubai Part – I Link : https://ananthsportography.wordpress.com/2020/10/11/dazzling-dubai-part-1/

Dazzling Dubai – Part 1

Hello Friends, I am back with my new blog on the most Glamorous City of UAE, ‘Dubai’! Dubai is possibly one of the most popular and desired holiday destinations for lakhs of people around the world. In this blog I will post about the Culture and Festivals of Dubai, Amazing things to do and see in Dubai, some interesting or unknown facts about Dubai and will also share my experience there. So let’s explore Dubai from the comfort of our homes!!

Introduction

Me enjoying in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most popular destination in the world. Home to the World’s largest Tower in the world, ‘Burj Khalifa‘, this global city is known for its Lavish Architecture, Incredible Coastlines and a Plethora of Tourist Attractions. Dubai has abundant opportunities when it comes to adventure activities like Desert Safaris , Skydiving , Reef and Wreck Diving, Kite Surfing, Wakeboarding, etc. Flaunting its glittering infrastructure amid the glorious Arabian desert, the city of Dubai was once known to be a barren land. Today, this man-made miracle is filled with Towering Skyscrapers, Luxurious Hotels, Shopping Malls and Restaurants.

Surreal Dubai View

Dubai is a place where rich people around the world come to spend their holidays in luxury and extravaganza. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai Shopping Mall, Desert Safari, Palm Island and so many more beautiful landmarks in Dubai, attract millions of tourists every year. The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March as during this time the Weather is cooler and pleasant than usual. Dubai has always been one of the Safest Destinations in the World. In July Dubai started a campaign ‘Ready When You Are’ as it gave a warm welcome to it’s first International Visitor to arrive in the city amid the Corona Virus Pandemic. Wearing masks and adhering to social distancing measures, the passengers were greeted on arrival by Dubai International Airport staff, who gave them welcome kits containing mementoes provided by Dubai Tourism as a token of appreciation for choosing Dubai as their safe destination of choice. Dubai, the most Populous City of UAE, will surely leave you dumbstruck due to it’s Architectural Marvel and Beautiful Coastlines.

Culture and Festivals

The Dubai Culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and Traditional Arab Culture. The amalgamation of Arabian, Islamic, Persian cultures has left its mark on various elements of Dubai. The diverse culture of Dubai is reflected in the Architecture, Cuisine, Customs and Traditions, Dance, Music, Sports and numerous other elements of the city.  

Wonderful Dubai Architecture

Heavily influenced and inspired by Persian, Arabian, and Islamic architecture, the Architecture here reflects the Age-old Customs, Traditions, Lifestyle & the Rich Culture of Dubai. Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Emirates Mall are the best examples of Architectural Marvel in Dubai. One of the the Specialities of Dubai is it’s Beautiful and Jaw-dropping Architectures! Dubai is a Paradise for all Food Lovers. The Food in Dubai is Simple and Full of Flavor which will surely satisfy your food cravings. The cuisine is a reflection of the diverse culture of UAE, augmented with a number of spices and ingredients such as dates, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, etc. Some of the well known Dubai Cuisines include Shawarma, Harees, Kabsa, Maqluba, Chelo Kebab, Biryani which are very Delicious and Lip-smacking. In Dubai all kinds of foods are available like Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc and so you can have foods according to your Taste and Cravings!! The Sale of Alcoholic Beverages in Dubai is regulated. A Liquor Permit is required to purchase alcohol; however, alcohol is available in bars and restaurants within hotels. Also, Pork is strictly prohibited to Locals or Muslims as it is against their religion to consume Pork, but is sold only to Non-Muslims in designated area of Supermarkets and Airports. If you want to enjoy different local Arabic Cuisine, then Dubai is the most ideal destination to do so!

The Delicious Shawarma in Dubai!

The Laws and Customs of Dubai and UAE are directly linked with Islamic Traditions. And there’s no better time to experience it than during Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month. Followers of Ramadan fast from Dawn to Dusk and when the sun sets in, Muslims enjoy an Iftar Meal with Friends and Family. You can join in the many Iftar Buffets across the city to experience their Local Traditions. Some of the few things to Avoid in Dubai that are against their Laws are Drinking or being Drunk in Public, Cross-dressing, Possessing even a small amount of Drug, Public Display of Affection, Carrying of Pork in Public, Eating in Public during Ramadan, Dancing or Listening to Loud Music in Public and Taking Photos of someone without their consent. Dubai being a conservative community have strict Laws and so if you don’t want an Untimely Halt to your holiday, make sure you avoid doing things that I mentioned above as they are against the Dubai Laws.

Delicious Iftar Meal in Dubai During Ramadan!

The traditional Music and folk Dances in Dubai are a reflection of the Abundant Heritage of the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE). The celebration of the various social occasions and festivals in Dubai will not be complete without these traditional music and folk dances. The famous Folk Dances of Dubai are The Ayyalah, The Liwa and The Haban to name a few which are truly Eye-catching. Various Sports that are played in Dubai with great Enthusiasm and Passion are Football, Cricket, Water Sports, Motor Sports, Horse Racing, Tennis and Rugby which forms a big part of Weekend Local Culture in Dubai. Three Football teams Al Wasl FC, Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC and Al Nasr FC represent Dubai in the UAE Pro League. Dubai also hosts Dubai Tennis Championship, Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament and Dubai Horse Race World Cup all of which attracts Sports Stars from all over the World. The Dream11 Indian Premier League(IPL) 2020 is being held in UAE from 19th September to 10th October.

Tanoura Dance Dubai https://www.memphistours.com/Dubai/Emirates-Travel-Guide/dubai-things-to-do/wiki/tanoura-dance-dubai-desert

Few of the most Astounding and Intriguing Festivals take place in Dubai where almost everything is celebrated. These Glamorous Festivals attract lakhs of Tourists every year from all over the World. Few World-famous festivals celebrated in Dubai that are must visit when in Dubai are :-

Dubai Shopping Festival – It usually happens from January to February every year and is one of the most exciting festivals in Dubai. It includes unbelievable discounts in every store and every mall irrespective of how high-end the brand is! DSF provides an opportunity for anyone and everyone to go out and shop. 

The famous Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai International Film Festival – Dubai International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Dubai and the Middle East as well. It is held at 3-4 posh locations around the city and attracts many interns, volunteers, viewers, cinephiles and celebrities from all around the world. It usually takes place in the month of December.

The Dubai International Film Festival

Dubai World Cup – Every year since 1996, Dubai hosts one of the world’s richest Horse Race, with a Prize Fund worth USD 10 Million. The race takes place at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the presence of the worlds best Jockeys, Trainers and Horses. The state-of-the-art facilities and a superb track provide racegoers with a unique and amazing venue at the city’s largest social event. The event is annually held on the last Saturday of March.

Dubai Horse Racing World Cup

EID – One of the most important religious festivals of UAE, Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when every Muslim observes fast. The day next to the evening when moon is seen in the sky is celebrated as Eid throughout the world, and UAE is not untouched. The cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are perfect to take part in these festivities as there are a number of events organized to mark the occasion. There are many more Festivals which you can enjoy in Dubai like Dubai International Boat Show, Taste of Dubai which is the Unofficial Food Festival of Dubai, Dubai International Jazz Festival for all Music Lovers, Dhow Race, etc !

Dubai is Lit Up during EID

Best Hotels to Stay

1. 3 Star Hotel

Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Hotel – This Hotel is one of the highly rated 3 Star Hotels in Dubai. Located just opposite to the Dubai International Airport, the Premier Inn Hotel has all Covid-19 guidelines in place and so safety is not an issue. It provides all basic amenities like Free Parking, Free High Speed Internet(Wifi), Fitness Centre with Gym, Bar/Lounge, Billiards, Good Room Service, different rooms according to your affordability etc. which ensures a great stay here!

The Premier Inn Hotel

2. 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Regent Palace – This Hotel is a great place to stay because it provides you with various facilities like Free High Speed Wifi, Free Breakfast Buffet, Airport Transportation, Pool, Fitness Centre with Gym, Conference facilities, Concierge, Hot Bath, Restaurant, etc. I stayed here when I visited Dubai and the Staff there were very friendly and hospitable! It is located in the World Trade Center Road and is approx 6 Kms from Dubai International Airport.

Hotel Regent Palace

3. 5 Star Hotel

Atlantis, the Palm – If you are looking for Luxury as well as Safety, there is no better 5 star Hotel to stay at than the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai. Located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island and enjoys a private sandy beach, the 5-star Atlantis offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. It provides an underwater aquarium and complimentary access to the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Other Basic Amenities like Free WiFi, Mini Bar, Over Sized Spa, Swimming Pool, Gaming Zone, Four Lane Bowling Alley, Gym, ATM and Currency Exchange Service, etc are provided which makes your Stay Luxurious and Memorable!

The Stunning Atlantis Hotel

Amazing Things to Do and See in Dubai

1. Burj Khalifa

the gigantic Burj Khalifa

When you think about Dubai, the first thing that ever strikes your mind is Burj Khalifa, isn’t? Well that’s because it is currently the World’s Tallest Tower and is also Dubai’s Landmark Building! Towering at a height of 2700 Feet, Burj Khalifa consists of 2 Observation Decks, 9 of the city’s best luxury hotels, Multiple Restaurants and also the World’s Tallest Performing Fountain that is the ‘Dubai Fountain’ which makes Burj Khalifa must-visit when in Dubai.

views from 124th floor of Burj Khalifa

For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s-eye perspective are simply staggering and Eye-capturing. The observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. The views from here were just Enthralling and Heavenly and so Burj Khalifa should always be on top of Your Dubai Bucket list

World Famous Dubai Fountain http://wikipedia

2. Palm Jumeirah

Beautiful Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is one of the Largest Man-made Island in the World and is very beautiful and unique. This Island resembles a palm tree with a circle when you take an overhead view of it.  It was one of the first major tourism projects in the UAE and currently houses some of Dubai’s top tourist destinations like Atlantis, the Palm, Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Lost Chambers Aquarium in Palm Jumeirah

The 17 Fronds of the palm have Rows of Luxury Villas, and numerous Hotels and Resorts were built on the Crescent. The Trunk of the palm has a mixture of Retail stores, Apartments, and Hotels. The most picturesque zone of Palm Jumeirah are the Long Fronds and you can catch sight of it’s real beauty with an aerial view from the helicopter or aeroplane. It’s indeed a beautiful spot and an epitome of Dubai’s Architectural Success!

3. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Dubai may be known for all things glam, but the city also has a rich culture to explore! Located in the heart of the city, this Saltwater Creek is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe established their first settlement. The waters at the Creek were vital for what used to be Dubai’s main forms of economy: Pearl Diving and Fishing. This Saltwater Creek is one of the major Port of UAE and divides the city into two parts and connects the trading port to the desert. The creek was developed with the intention of creating a custom and import duty-free trade and to make Dubai as a major hub for the merchants and traders worldwide to conduct trade activities. 

Dhow Cruise in Dubai

If you want to explore Dubai Culture and Rich History, then this is an Ideal place to visit especially during Evening time. Witness the Lights and Music Shows, Floating and moving Dhows, Yachts, Boats and Vessels to get a glimpse of old Dubai during the trade times. A Delicious Meal and a Starry Waterfront is all you need to end your journey and trip on a good note!

4. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

When in Dubai you just cannot miss Shopping, can u? Dubai Mall is one of the World’s Largest Destination for Shopping, Leisure and Entertainment with an area of 5,00,000 Square Meters. It is also known as the ‘Home of Dubai Shopping Festival‘. With more than 1200 Stores, a large Walk-through Aquarium, a world-class Ice Rink, 14,000 Parking Spaces and more exciting experiences for shoppers, the mall was voted the Best Shopping Experience in the world by Grazia Magazine in 2010. Serving as the entryway to Burj Khalifa, there are unlimited options of shopping and eating. Other than that, the mall also offers a Gaming Zone and Cinema Complex thus packing all the leisurely activities under one roof. When in Dubai this Mall is a must visit for all Shopping Lovers especially during the Dubai Shopping Festival in January-February when there are Unbelievable Discounts and Offers for all!

5. Jumeirah Beach

Beautiful Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular and most visited public beaches in Dubai. The white sandy beach stretches along the coastal area of the city and has many large resorts and hotels close to its frontage area. The stunning views of Jumeirah Beach provide the much-needed respite from stress.

Lounging here provides a complete entertainment site and visitors will enjoy everything here. The sea shore features a host of restaurants and shopping zones close to it. For those who love the sun can get their suntan while others can relax on the sand envisioning the deep blue sea.  For adventure buffs, there is the facility for various watersports like Jet Skiing, Kitesurfing and more which adds to the grace of the beautiful Beach. One of the most popular beaches in Dubai, Jumeirah is heavily crowded because of its affinity to many malls and stores on the shore. It provides a perfect escape and surely is one of the delightful experiences that you will have!

6. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

All nature lovers and adventure seekers grab this deal to explore one of the world’s largest and Stunning indoor aquarium. Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo houses over 33,000 marine life occupying 10 million litres of water within the tank. Over 300 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world.

Underwater Zoo brings its visitors up close with Penguins, Piranhas, Crabs, Water Rats, Sea Horses, Jellyfish and plenty more. You can also take a Glass-bottom Boat tour, have a mermaid makeover, get wet in a Snorkelling cage and even don an oxygen tank to go swimming with the sharks. The zoo portion of the facility has a surprising range of animals, including ‘King Croc’, weighing an incredible 750 kgs and measuring over 5 metres long. It is indeed Enthralling and Eye-Catching and so this should always be in Top of your Dubai Itinerary!

7. Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden

A world of floral wonder awaits you at Dubai Miracle Garden which is the world’s largest natural flower garden. The Garden is a heaven for those seeking Nature’s beauty in the city and it houses more than 45 Million Flowers and Plants. Marigolds, Petunia’s, Geraniums are the common ones.

Heart Shaped Pathway in Miracle Garden

There is a Replica of the stunning Burj Khalifa, Arcs, Tombs, Huts, Houses, and other structural exhibits all studded with colorful flowers. You can simply stroll through the passages or relax at the adorable cabanas or dine at some international food restaurants and kiosks. Walk down the Heart-shaped Pathway a popular spot for Instagrammers, or wander amid floral castles with illuminated nightscapes and full-size houses. There are plenty of attractions to see, with a huge variety of quirky and alternative arrangements. If you want to witness Nature up close, this is indeed a Paradise for Nature Lovers!!

8. Atlantis, The Palm

Stunning Atlantis, the Palm

If you’re looking for a one-stop holiday destination, Atlantis, The Palm has it all. One of Dubai’s most visited locations, there’s no wonder this five-star Palm Island destination appears on so many Postcards, Holiday Selfies and Instagram Posts. You can expect endless entertainment with world-class Dining outlets, Unique Aquarium experiences and outstanding architectural feats at this world-famous luxury hotel. With a private sandy beach and 5-star amenities, Atlantis is the first ever resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai.

Aquaventure Waterpark in Atlantis

All the rooms at the property feature private balconies, flat-screen TVs, seating areas, minibars, and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms also come with private terraces and spa baths in the bathroom. There is a separate Swimming Pool for younger kids and a video game zone for teens. Providing unique features such as an underwater Aquarium and Swimming with Dolphin Opportunities, Palm Atlantis is surely one of the world’s most popular attraction destination for tourists. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Dubai and so don’t forget to visit this fascinating Place!

9. Jumeirah Mosque

Elegant Jumeirah Mosque

One of the most beautiful mosques in UAE with intricate detailing is worth a visit for everyone visiting Dubai. This Mosque is an excellent example of Islamic Architecture. Adopting an ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ policy, the mosque welcomes visitors of all faiths to admire the surroundings and learn about Islam and the local culture. Its detailed architecture and design are even more glorified when lit up in the evening. It is also one of the most photographed mosques in the UAE.

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The Jumeirah Mosque, which is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. When it’s lit up at dusk, the intricate artistry and true beauty are highlighted. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes a tour of the Mosque for a better understanding of facts and history related to the Mosque and it also conveys the message of Peace and Unity as said by Prophet. This beautiful Architectural Marvel of Dubai is a must visit if you want to know more about local Islamic Culture!

10. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

Located in the Creek Park, Dubai Dolphinarium gives you complete liberty to spend some rejuvenating time with the marvelous dolphins and seals. From a unique family entertainment zone to now being one of the most adored places in Dubai, this Dolphinarium offers you an incredible adventure with these water mammals.

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Home to the majestic Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Northern and Southern American fur seals, and exotic birds, the Dubai Dolphinarium is famous worldwide for its awe-inspiring and interactive shows. This indoor Dolphinarium is renowned for its world-class facilities where guests of different age groups can indulge in a variety of fun activities like swimming with dolphins, feeding exotic birds, enjoying thrilling 5D and 7D cinema experience, bouncing on a trampoline, and walking through a maze of mirrors. Apart from the Sea mammals, you can also find 20 different species of Birds from all around the World like the Cockatoos from Australia and Macaws from South America. At the Dubai Dolphinarium, you can also buy souvenirs and have a fun dining experience at the onsite restaurant. Whether Travelling Solo or with Family, Dubai Dolphinarium has something for all age groups and so it is a complete entertainment package!!

Seal Show in Dubai Dolphinarium

11. Bollywood Parks

Bollywood Park

Bollywood Parks Dubai is the ‘first theme park dedicated to the B-town’ in the world! Located at Dubai Parks and Resorts, this exciting theme park brings the vibrance of Indian cinema all the way to Dubai, in an ode to India’s prolific Bollywood industry.  It is the perfect location to learn and experience what goes into making a Bollywood film and how the Indian movie industry works. Visitors can visit various remakes of famous Bollywood movie sets like Lagaan, have a 4D movie experience to the movie Krish, the Cinema Circle for dance workshops and more.

famous Mumbai chowk in Bollywood Park

Your visit to Bollywood Parks Dubai would leave you spellbound with its action, comedy, romance, adventure, flavor, music, and emotions. Here there are five distinct zones wherein you can find everything from Indian foods to handicraft exhibits sprawling all over. There are thrilling rides, myriad of shopping options, and dine in choices for your complete entertainment. Three Bollywood Boulevard, Rustic Ravine, Bollywood Film Studios, and Mumbai Chowk are some of the central attractions of Bollywood Parks Dubai. This Park is a complete entertainment package and is a must visit if you are true bollywood fan!

12. Dubai Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

Situated at the the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is the world’s largest covered butterfly garden, housing 15 thousand butterflies and around 50 various species of butterflies all bearing different colours, features and shape. With its butterfly Museum, Educational Centre and Cinema, the Dubai Butterfly Garden provides a great opportunity for the visitors to learn more about the advancement of butterflies through each stage making it an ideal place to visit with kids.

This indoor garden has ten domes, each of these filled with a variety of Colourful and beautiful Butterflies, which add a unique dimension to the architectural richness of this place. These domes are also climate-controlled which allows the garden to be operational throughout the year. Interestingly, different kinds of nectar plants have also been planted in the Dubai butterfly garden. This not only adds to the beauty of the garden but also ensures that the butterflies remain in the best of their health as they feed upon the nectar. This fascinating destination is a must visit and is opened throughout the Year for visitors.

13. Dubai Desert Safari

Desert Safari Dubai

Dubai, mainly renowned for its great infrastructure, is also known for its adventurous streak. At the heart of Dubai is still its desolated desert. And so, to enjoy the desert a bit more effectively, the city presents various Desert Safari options. The experience is one of its kind and worth every penny spent! Visitors can experience desert camping with a delicious Arabian dinner, belly dancers and other traditional performers. Day safaris hold you in for an adventure as you get to try out Dune Bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides and a lot more. All in all Desert Safari is one of a kind experience in Dubai and is like a paradise for al Adventure lovers!!

Quad Biking Desert Safari

14. Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Not just a beachgoers hub, but a regular spot for watersports enthusiasts, Kite Beach, is the newest beach in Dubai to have a lasting impression on visitors. Kite Beach is a local and tourists favourite beach destination with its clean sands, adventure and relaxing opportunities available at everyone’s disposal.

Thrilling Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is something you can’t afford to miss if you are visiting this beach for the first time ever! You can find all the water sports equipment on the sand. There’s kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and wakeboarding along with Parasailing, Windsurfing and Waterskis that are very thrilling to experience. If you are more of a sand lover than water activities, you can simply engage in beach sports such as volleyball or football. If still, that’s not what you want, help your child in building his small castle out of the sand. To add on more to your excitement, Kite Beach homes to beach volleyball games, bungee trampolines, climbing parks, etc. which are specifically meant for the entertainment of your children. There’s also a 14km Track which is a perfect spot for walking or jogging along the Coastline. All in all this is one of the most ideal destination in Dubai for respite from your daily hectic and bustling schedule!

People playing Volleyball in Kite Beach

The people of Dubai have converted desert into modern day oasis. Dubai has always been one of the most favored destinations by tourists all across the World. It boasts of some of the most spectacular Skyscrapers, Resorts, Malls and many more amazing things which everyone can enjoy! So it is very difficult to include everything in one blog and so I have divided my Dazzling Dubai Blog into 2 Parts. So hold on to your Breath and Stay tuned for my blog’s next part because there is more Exciting and Thrilling things yet to come about Dubai and till then enjoy the First Part of this Wonderful City!!

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Virtual Trip to Abu Dhabi✨😍

Hello Friends, hope you all are safe and healthy! I am back with my new blog on the Capital City of UAE, ‘Abu Dhabi’! It is one of the most beautiful destination I have ever seen and I am sure you would love it too! In this blog, I will post about my trip to Abu Dhabi, it’s tourist attractions, it’s culture and also the things to do in Abu Dhabi. So get ready to explore Abu Dhabi from the comfort of your homes!

Introduction

Early Morning View from my Mama’s(Uncle’s) House in Abu Dhabi where I stayed

Abu Dhabi is the capital city and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is one of the beautiful cities which is located on an Island in the Persian Gulf. Although considered as a business city, Abu Dhabi has a lot to offer for tourists of all age. From Towering Skyscrapers to Beautiful Beaches and from the Gorgeous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the World’s Fastest Roller Coaster in the Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi has a plethora of activities to enjoy which will you make u mesmerized by it’s beauty. I had visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai and was left awestruck by it’s beauty and so is definitely worth a visit. Also, Abu Dhabi has been crowned as the Safest Cities in the World for the fourth time in a row in 2020 which undoubtedly cements Abu Dhabi’s position as a Desirable Destination to Live, Invest, Work and Visit.

Me in Abu Dhabi

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is from October to March when the climate is comparatively cool and pleasant. Abu Dhabi is known for it’s Stunning Beaches, Endless Desert Safari, Magnificent Cultural Monuments and also the Best Theme Parks in the World. If you haven’t visited Abu Dhabi yet, this beautiful place should definitely be on top of your Bucket List.

Culture and Festivals

Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates, and also the second most populous city there; second only to Dubai. While Dubai catches tourists for the wide variety of luxurious services it offers, Abu Dhabi has emerged as more of a business hub centred around oil and infrastructure. Almost two-thirds of the 400 Billion Dollar economy of UAE runs because of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has a Diverse and Multicultural Society where people from different parts of the world work in the city as expats. The Official Language of Abu Dhabi is Arabic but English is most common medium of communication due to their varied and diverse culture. The Culture of Abu Dhabi includes various types of Delicious Cuisines, Gorgeous Architecture, Folk Dance and Music, Art and Craft, Sports and Festivals.

Traditional Emirati Food in Abu Dhabi

The Cuisines offered in Abu Dhabi are never ending from Italian to Arabic to Indian. You can have any type of cuisine there which forms an integral part of Abu Dhabi Culture. Few Delicious Local Cuisines include Harees, Makboos, Salona, Madrooba, Falafel and Shawarma. The Architecture is like a reflection of what the culture of Abu Dhabi is actually like. The Emirates Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque are 2 good examples of Architecture in Abu Dhabi. The Music and Dance usually tells a story about the rise of UAE or about the valiant Arab Warriors that fought in Wars.

Dance at NYU Abu Dhabi https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/news/latest-news/arts-and-culture/2018/february/an-indian-board-game-comes-to-life-at-the-arts-center-at-nyu-abu.html

Football, Cricket, Tennis and Motorsports are very popular in the city. The Sheikh Zayed Cricket stadium is located on the outskirts of the city and is currently home to the Pakistan Cricket Team. The Dream11 IPL will be played in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai this year due to the ongoing Corona Crisis in India, Since 2009, Abu Dhabi has hosted a Formula One (F1) race every year in November or December at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex hosts the Mubadala World Tennis Championships which is currently sponsored by Mubadala wherein Tennis Greats like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray have taken part. The One of the finest cities of UAE, Abu Dhabi hosts a variety of Cultural and Traditional Festivals and Events throughout the year. The major festivals celebrated in Abu Dhabi are EID, Abu Dhabi Music and Film Festival, National Day Festival, Al Dhafra Festival and Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival.

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Tourist Attractions

1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Beautiful and attractive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Abu Dhabi’s landmark building and by far the most popular sightseeing attraction in the city. It was opened in 2007 after nearly 20 years of construction and is able to hold 40,000 worshippers. It was constructed in the memory of Late President of United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art.

The Majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Non-Muslims are also allowed into all areas of the mosque and guided tours are available. It is the Largest mosque of UAE. The mosque is truly Eye Catching and is indeed an Architectural Marvel. Whenever u tour Abu Dhabi, this beautiful mosque is a must-visit tourist attraction.

2. Ferrari World

Ferrari World

After the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World is the most popular attraction in Abu Dhabi. Located on Yas Island, Ferrari World is the World’s largest Indoor Theme Park comprising of various Ferrari themed rides and attractions. It is the World’s First Ferrari Themed Park and offers u some Adrenaline-pumping experiences for adventure lovers.

The world famous Flying Aces ride

It houses two of the World Famous Rides, Flying Aces, which is one of the World’s Highest Ride, and Formula Rossa, the World’s Fastest Roller Coaster with a speed of 240 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. There’s also a collection of Ferrari’s cars, with models dating back to 1947, a Ferrari factory tour and Ferrari knowledge game show for true motorcar fans. All in All it’s a must visit destination for all Adventure lovers!!

World’s Fastest Roller Coaster Formula Rossa

3. Saadiyat Public Beach

Saadiyat Beach

The Saadiyat Public Beach is one of the best beach in Abu Dhabi. You can enjoy a relaxed and peaceful day with White Sandy Shores and Pristine Blue Waters along with a number of Water Sports and Activities. Although there’s an entry fee, still it is definitely worth a visit as it offers fantastic facilities and services. It is very clean and family-friendly and so is a must visit when you are in Abu Dhabi.

4. Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is one of the most expensive 5-star Hotels in Abu Dhabi as well as a Cultural Hub. Visitors have access to only the certain areas of the hotel like the lobby, exhibitions and outdoor areas.

Emirates Palace

The Grand Building of the Emirates Palace is an Landmark structure of Abu Dhabi in the same way as Burj Khalifa is to Dubai. The palace is renowned for hosting Operas and Orchestras during Abu Dhabi Classics Concert season. It also screens the Abu Dhabi Film Festival thus helping in cultural expansion of the city. Other attractions of the place include Barakat Gallery exhibiting the fine arts from Egypt, China, Greece, Rome and Africa and Gold Bars Dispensing ATM. Indeed it is truly worth a visit as it is one of the most beautiful Architectural Work of Abu Dhabi.

5. Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit

The Yas Marina Circuit is a lifetime experience for Racing Enthusiasts. It is located in the Yas Island which is 30 minutes away from city of Abu Dhabi. The marina-based additions also house a Theme park, a Water park, as well as Residential areas, Hotels, Malls and Beaches.

Me at Yas Marina Circuit

With a lot of thought being put into the track, it has an intricate design with 21 Corners and Twists, traversing you through with a view of the Marina and Yas Viceroy Hotel Abu Dhabi. The highlight of the circuit is that each corner is said to be different and unique. The circuit has 5 grandstands (North, South, Main, West and Marina Grandstand). In addition to this, it has a Team building, Media Center, Dragster Track and a VIP Tower. The Yas Viceroy Hotel is a 5-star Hotel which is famous for being built above and across the F1 Yas Marina Circuit and is very attractive to watch! If you are a Racing Enthusiast, you will have a memorable experience here!

Viceroy Hotel adjacent to Yas Marina Circuit

6. Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld

The Yas Waterworld has been consistently rated as one of the top 12 water parks in the world. It boasts of 40 exciting and unique rides and slides, and five other attractions that are guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout your day here. There are multiple restaurants, cafes, lockers, children’s play area and all other essential facilities to make your visit a smooth one.

World Famous Dawwama Slide

The 40 amazing rides include the World famous Dawwama, the world’s first hydro-magnetic-powered water slide (the hydro-magnetic technology offers a longer, smoother ride, according to the manufacturer) and the Bandit Bomber, a 1,804-foot-long (550-meter) water coaster. There are various rides catering to all ages so every family member can enjoy the Ultimate Water Experience of UAE! Undoubtedly it is true that You haven’t been to a water park until you’ve been to Yas Waterworld – Water’s Greatest Playground!

Bandit Bomber

7. Abu Dhabi Corniche

The Abu Dhabi Corniche is an 8 km long stretch of a well maintained Waterfront that houses cafes, restaurants, children’s play zone and separate pathways for pedestrians and cycles. After a hectic day touring Abu Dhabi, just lazing around the Corniche gives you a sense of immense satisfaction and pleasure!

Me in Abu Dhabi Corniche

The white sandy shore and generous esplanade of the waterfront, Corniche is a perfect place to spend one’s evening. The view of sunset is too beautiful to watch and it is the best time to visit the corniche as the weather at this time is cool and pleasant which will surely make your evening a memorable one! You can also go for refreshments at the local cafes and restaurants at the western site of the road.

Beautiful Corniche

8. Marina Mall

Marina Mall

A tour to UAE is incomplete without going for shopping in their gigantic malls! Marina Mall is located nearby the Corniche and is considered as one of the best malls in Abu Dhabi. It houses about 400 plus retail stores, a hypermarket, banks, specialty stores, some offices, and a Mercedes Benz car showroom. You can also  try your hand at a state-of-the-art bowling alley, or visit the nine-screen VOX cinema inside the mall. The activity spots like the trampoline, slacklines, zip line, and an 18-meter free-fall are undoubtedly a treat for adventure enthusiasts!

Bounce, Marina Mall

9. Desert Safari

Desert Safari Dune Bashing

Desert Safari is one of the activities u just cannot miss while touring Abu Dhabi! Capturing a view of the sunset and the sunrise through the eternal sands of Abu Dhabi’s deserts is an experience everyone must have once in their lifetime. You have to book a Tour for Desert Safari wherein they will pick you up from the Hotel and also Drop you back in a luxury 4 x 4 land cruiser.

Camel Riding

Apart from Safari,  one can experience Camel Riding, Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Dune Bashing and other thrilling and fun-filled activities. The Desert Safari ends with peaceful camping sites present right in the desert! Arabian belly dancers and musical events showcased under the stars along with delicious cuisines will leave you with memories that you can cherish for the rest of your lives!!  

Quad Biking

10. Observation Deck at 300

The Observation Deck at 300 provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Abu Dhabi. With the use of binoculars for a closer view, one can enjoy a unique bird’s eye view of the skyline, the Corniche and the Arabian Gulf. As the name suggests, the Observation Deck is located 300 metres above ground, which makes it the highest vantage point in the city.

Observation Deck

The Observation Deck at 300 boasts of a seafront location and can be found on the 74th floor of Tower Two of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers complex. Photography is allowed so be prepared and carry along a camera to capture the phenomenal views!

View from the Observation Deck https://pointmetotheplane.boardingarea.com/abu-dhabi-jumeirah-observation-deck-cyacle-bikeshare/

The above mentioned attractions are my personal favorite spots to visit in Abu Dhabi. There are many other exciting places worth visiting in Abu Dhabi like The Emirates Park Zoo for all Wildlife lovers, Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium, CLYMB Abu Dhabi, Wadi Adventure to name a few!

Interesting Snippets and Future Dream Projects of Abu Dhabi

1. Masdar City

Masdar City, a one-of-its-kind revolutionary wonder of Abu Dhabi, is entirely powered by renewable energy.  Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and Dongtan in China are the only two cities which are considered to be Carbon Neutral, that is it has no Carbon Footprint and it depends entirely on Renewable Energy thereby not harming the planet. Such Initiatives are incredible and it will surely pave way for more Carbon Neutral Cities in the near future.

Masdar City Master Plan

Nestled in close proximity to the Abu Dhabi Airport, Masdar City is a planned project initiated by Masdar (also called as Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) which is a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company. The City is estimated to be completed by 2030, thereby housing 45,000 to 50,000 people and 1500 businesses, primarily Manufacturing and Commercial facilities specializing in environmentally friendly products. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies on Solar Energy and other Renewable Energy sources. It also hosts the headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency ( IRENA )

The place is open for the public without any charge. The normal cars are not allowed inside the place. The key highlight of the city is a unique mode of transportation i.e. small-Unmanned Electric Cars called Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pods. Just leave your cars at the parking area and hop onto these electric pods that will take you directly to the city centre. It’s indeed a perfect spot for all Sci-Fi Lovers and Architecture Buffs.

2. Capital Gate

Capital Gate

Capital Gate is often regarded as the Landmark Building of Abu Dhabi. Capital Gate, also called as Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, is a Skyscraper and is one of the tallest buildings in the city. The Glittering 35-storyed Architectural Marvel of Abu Dhabi is located in the southeast part of the city and is 520 feet tall. Leaning westward at about 18 degrees, Capital Gate holds the Guinness World Record for being the Furthest Leaning Man made Tower in the World, which is almost 4 times more tilted than the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It also houses a Luxurious 5-star Hyatt Hotel and  serves as a centre point of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec). It is indeed a Architectural Marvel and a must visit spot especially at night when it is fully Lit up!

3. First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

The 70,000 odd Hindu Residents of Abu Dhabi will no longer have to travel out of the City to offer Prayers. Abu Dhabi’s first-ever temple BAPS Hindu Mandir is under construction and soon would be open for all. The site is located at Abu Mureikhah, which is near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway. The mandir, upon completion, will be the first traditional Hindu stone mandir in the Middle East. In August 2015, the UAE government announced the decision to provide land for building a Hindu mandir in Abu Dhabi, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit to the country. In 2018, Modi laid the the Foundation Stone for the Temple.

Upcoming Hindu Temple may look like this

The mandir, inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who is the President of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and blessed by Mahant Swami Maharaj, will be situated on 55,000 square meters of land. The temple is said to be a replica of the Akshardham temple in Delhi and another BAPS temple in New Jersey. Every corner and crevice made of pink stones from Rajasthan and marble from Macedonia are supposedly hand-carved by Indian artisans. These pieces of the temple were shipped to the UAE and assembled there. Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple boasts a cultural and spiritual centre with six to seven prayer rooms, play areas for children, lush gardens, vegetarian food courts, a library, gift store, exhibition halls, a visitor’s centre and more. Indeed it’s a Historic Moment for all Hindu Residents in Abu Dhabi because after the construction is complete they can offer their prayers from their City itself, all thanks to the Abu Dhabi Government and BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Members!!

What to Expect from Abu Dhabi?

Well I feel if you want to experience Tranquility and Thrill both in one place, Abu Dhabi is the most ideal destination for you. Abu Dhabi is a mixture of Adventure, Peace, Culture and Luxury. From the Adventure in Ferrari World and Desert Safari, to the Tranquility in the Corniche, and from the Culture in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the Luxury in the Emirates Palace you can experience everything in this beautiful city. A home to people from all different nationalities, Abu Dhabi is a fantastic place to experience a variety of food, festivals, religions and traditions, and also explore new places. Apart from Tourism, this city is the safest city in the world and so is a very desirable location not only for visiting but also for working. There are a variety of career opportunities in Abu Dhabi and so is an ideal destination for students too!

Personally I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Abu Dhabi and I strongly recommend you to visit this place! I am sure you all have enjoyed the Virtual Trip to Abu Dhabi and would be eager to pack your bags and travel to this wonderful city!! You will surely fall in love with this beautiful place once u visit it!!

Here are some more exclusive pics from my tour of Abu Dhabi!

Me in Yas Marina Circuit
View from Mama’s(Uncle’s) House in Abu Dhabi

Hope you enjoyed my virtual trip to Abu Dhabi. Do Drop your views on Abu Dhabi in the comment section and share it with your friends!!

Tarkarli – Land of White Sandy Beaches

Hello Friends, I am back with my new blog on the Pride of Maharashtra – Tarkarli! In this blog I will be posting about Tarkarli, it’s tourist attractions, Festivals the locals celebrate and also the interesting things to do in Tarkarli. I will also post about my personal experiences at Tarkarli.

Who Would have thought that Travelling would come to a grinding halt in 2020! Nevertheless I am sure that after reading my blog you will enjoy exploring this Hidden Gem of Maharashtra from the comfort of your homes!!

About Tarkarli

Tarkarli is an amazing tourist destination in Sindhudurg district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Tarkarli is 546 Km from Mumbai and 410 Km from Pune on the West Coast of India. Tarkarli is full of scenic beaches surrounded by hills and lush greenery.  Monthly, Thousands of tourists are visiting this place to rejuvenate and enjoy thrill of water sports activities. Tarkarli is famous for its Pristine Water, White Sand, and of course Sindhudurg, Maharashtra’s popular sea fort. If you are lucky enough, you might spot Dolphins too!! Tarkarli was a centre-point for Shivaji Maharaj’s Navy and so is not only a tourist place but also serves as an important historic place to visit.

Tarkarli

Tarkarli is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit it is from October to March. Despite being extremely famous with locals and vacationers from Mumbai, it is hardly thronged by tourists making it a peaceful getaway as compared to most other beaches. 

Tourist Attractions

1. Tarkarli Beach

Tarkarli Beach

Known for it’s Beautiful Coastline, Tarkarli is an instance of Paradise for all Beach Lovers! Tarkarli Beach has been bestowed with a long coastline which is ideal for those long romantic and nostalgia filled walks. One of the most fascinating things about the Tarkarli Beach is it’s Pristine Natural Beauty! The Tall Suru Trees provides a perfect setting to experience the clean and clear water.

Pristine Tarkarli Beach

Tarkarli Beach is situated almost 7 km south of Malvan between the Arabian Sea and Karli River. The beach has Powdery White Sand and Crystal Clear Water which makes it very Charming and Attractive. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) provides houseboats to the tourists to enjoy the boating with family and friends. It’s Indeed a Heaven on Earth for Beach Lovers and if you are lucky enough you might be able to spot Dolphins too!!

2. Karli Backwaters

Sunset in Karli Backwaters

The scenic beauty of Backwaters at Tarkarli is beyond imagination. Beautiful and Crystal Clear beaches surrounded by Lush Green Trees and Fresh Cool Breeze flowing around you makes you forget all your worries and have a unforgettable time.

Beautiful Karli Backwater

Backwaters of the Karli river between Tarkarli and Kudal, the Only backwaters in Maharashtra is the star attraction of a Kerala Vacation right here in Maharashtra. In 2003 M.T.D.C launched the houseboats similar to the Kerala houseboats adding a golden feather to Tarkarli Tourism. The Maharashtra Government also hosts many different Water Sports here to make the trip more Adventerous and Memorable! It’s Indeed a beautiful and lovely place to visit!

3. Sindhudurg Fort

Sindhudurg fort

Built by the Great Shivaji Maharaj, Sindhudurg Fort was the naval headquarters of the Marathas. He built the fort area to safeguard the maritime borders of his kingdom from neighbouring rulers. The construction of the fort began in 1664 and took three years to complete and took about 100 Portuguese Architects and more than 1000 workers.

Beautiful view of the Sindhudurg Fort

The word Sindhudurg in Marathi means “A Fort built on Sea“. The fort is home to several Temples but is most famous for a Temple dedicated to Shivaji Maharaj himself! Shivaji Jayanti, Ram Navami, Janmashtami, Mahashivratri and Ganesh Chaturthi are some of the prominent festivals that are celebrated in Sindhudurg on a grand scale. The Fort is a beautiful historical monument to visit!

4. Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple

Shivchhatrapati Temple

This Temple was built on the Sindhudurg Fort by Shivaji Maharaj’s son Rajaram in 1695. This is the only Temple dedicated to our Great Warrior Shivaji. You can reach the Temple from Malvan through Ferry Ride which takes very less time to reach. If you are interested in History or Old Heritage, this temple is a must visit!! The temple is well maintained and kept Clean and Tidy!

Idol of Shivaji along with his Sword

At the Temple, don’t forget to see the Sword that once belonged to Shivaji Maharaj along with his Footprints and Palmprints. The main idol of Shivaji is carved out of black stone and represents the king in the kneeling Yogic pose called Virasana or Hero Pose

5. Achra Beach

Beautiful Achra Beach

Located at a distance of 22 kms from Tarkarli, Achra Beach is a Paradise for Nature Lovers, Adventure Enthusiasts and Photographers! The Clear Waters and High Waves along with several Adventure Sports are some of the main attractions of the beach. It also consists of some old temples like 260-Year-old Lord Rameshwar Temple along with the 115-Year-old Library. The nearby village of Achra is popular for its medicinal treatments and farming. Overall the Beach is very beautiful with Crystal Clear water and is also famous for Dolphin sightings which adds on to it’s beauty and so it’s a must visit attraction!

6. Tsunami Island

Tsunami Island

Tsunami Island is an island cum beach formed in the midst of Tarkarli River and is a wonderful place both for beach lovers and nature seekers. The Island can only be reached through a boat ride which costs a minimum of Rs. 500 per boat and offers a variety of activities for the adventure enthusiasts, like kayaking, jet skiing, banana and bumper boat rides etc.

Picturesque Tsunami Island

The uniqueness of this Island is that it was formed after the Tsunami that struck in 2004 and so the Name Tsunami Island. My experience in this island was a different one because the water here is shallow but there were various water sports to enjoy so I would definitely recommend you to visit this place!!

Water Sports

Snorkelling

Water Sports in Tarkarli is a Must Visit because it is truly a once in a lifetime experience! Tarkarli is a Hub for Water Sports in Maharashtra because the beaches here are clean and well maintained by the MTDC! From Parasailing to Scuba Diving to Snorkelling to Dolphin Safari to Kayaking to Banana Boating, Tarkarli has everything to o`ffer!

Scuba Diving in Tarkarli
Parasailing in Tarkarli
Tourists enjoying Banana Boat Ride in Tarkarli

If you really want to enjoy Tarkarli to the fullest don’t miss these Adventurous Water Sports. Also in 2003, the MTDC launched the Houseboats similar to the Kerala Houseboats which is a very unique experience and one of the topmost things to do in Tarkarli. These houseboats can be found in the tranquil backwaters of the Karli River and so do experience it because I am sure it will be an unforgettable time for u and your loved ones!

MTDC Houseboat in Tarkarli

Along with the Scenic Beauty, Tarkarli is also blessed with presence of the Friendliest Mammals – the Dolphins. For around a Decade, Tarkarli has seen Dolphins playing all around the ocean. Around January – February, you can even spot a big family of dolphins basking in the warm sun enjoying the clear ocean. They swim in synchronization making it a spectacular view. MTDC have organized Dolphin Safari wherein you can spot dolphins by going in a boat which costs around Rs 800 per boat. The View is just breathtaking and I strongly recommend you to do the Dolphin Safari because it is worth every penny!

Dolphins in Tarkarli

I personally did Snorkelling, Banana and Bumpy Boat Ride, Parasailing and Dolphin Safari and I enjoyed every moment of it. Water Sports are Adventurous as well as Thrilling and is one thing every one should experience.

Conclusion

Tarkarli has by far been one of my favorite trips ever. I was filled with awe and admiration after seeing this beautiful destination! Not only does Tarkarli gives you respite from your Daily busy life but it also gives u sense of Tranquility and Satisfaction! Tarkarli is blessed with Beautiful and Clear White Sand Beaches, serene backwaters, silence and calmness in the nature, Thrilling Water Sports and lots of other attractive places like Temples and Forts! It is surely the most beautiful destination of Maharashtra and is therefore rightly considered as Pride of Maharashtra! All in All it’s a Perfect Weekend Destination for people of all ages because ultimately I feel that Age is no Barrier when it comes to Travel and Exploring New Places isn’t it? I strongly suggest u to visit this beautiful place and experience Paradise! Here’s Few more beautiful pics of Tarkarli!! I hope you enjoyed the Virtual Journey of Tarkarli and would be eager to experience an opportunity of a life-time after this Pandemic gets over. Do comment your views on Tarkarli in the comment section!!

Famous Tarkarli Fish Market

Manali Magic ✨❄️

Hii friends! I am back with my new blog on the Paradise of India-Manali. In this blog I will post about Manali, it’s tourist attractions, festivals the locals celebrate and also the things to do in Manali. I will also post about my personal experience in Manali. I am sure you will get mesmerized by the magical beauty of Manali from the comfort of your homes…..

About Manali

“Nature is Painting for us, Day after Day, Pictures of Infinite Beauty.”

A Gift of Himalayas to the World, Manali is a beautiful hill station nestled in the picturesque Beas River Valley. Manali is known for it’s Cool Climate and Snow-capped Mountains, offering relief to tourists escaping scorching heat of plains. Manali is now one of the most popular destinations of India owing to it’s cool and calm atmosphere.

Mee enjoying at Rohtang Pass, Manali

The Peaceful surroundings and Pleasant weather in Manali attracts lots of tourists and honeymooners during the hot summers of India. Manali is also famous for Adventure lovers who come here to try various thrilling activities. Manali is charming and pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit is from October to December and from March to July. If you have ever imagined sitting beside the Gushing Water of a Snow-fed Stream, or waking up to a Glorious Sunrise with breathtaking views to soak in, Manali is the place to be!!

Sunrise in Manali

Famous Tourist Attractions

1. Rohtang Pass

A View from the Rohtang Pass

It is a beautiful and popular spot in Manali with more than 25 lakh visitors every year. In winter, the mountains at the Rohtang Pass are completely covered in snow and it is impossible to get there. Hence, the pass remains closed during winters and opens in May. Rohtang pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and stunning landscapes and views.

Beautiful Rohtang Pass

Fortunately I had visited Manali in the month of May, and believe me the views were just breathtaking! Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from ‘Jab We Met’ to ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ have been shot here. When you visit Manali, make sure that you set aside one full day to visit this beautiful gift of Mother Nature!

2. Solang Valley

Snow-capped Solang Valley

When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang Valley. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in large numbers. Also known as the Snow point, the Solang valley is famous not only for the glaciers and snow-clad landscapes but also for the countless adventurous activities that one can enjoy here. The activities most commonly offered are Parachuting, Paragliding, Skiing and Zorbing.

Ropeway in Solang Valley

3. Nehru Kund

Nehru Kund, Manali

Nehru Kund gets its name from the first Prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have had water from the natural spring when he used to stay in Manali. Nehru Kund is known for the Cold and Pristine water and Breathtaking scenery of mountains and valleys all around. It is surely a beautiful place to visit with a pleasant weather and ravishing scenery to pump your adrenaline!

4. Hadimba Temple

Hadimba Temple, Manali

Located amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi (who is also a local goddess), who was the wife of Bhima one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The main attraction of the temple is the three day Hidimba Devi Festival, which attracts devotees from all over the world and features colourful folk dance performances. The Architectural works in the Hadimba Temple left me in Awe!

5. Manikaran

Manikaran Gurudwara, Manali

Manikaran is a small town situated between Rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its Hot Water Springs and Beautiful Landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and Sikhs from all over the country frequently visit this place.

Hot Water Spring of Manikaran

The water in these springs contains sulphur which is capable of curing diseases. The water is hot enough to prepare food by directly placing the vessels and is served as langar. Also there are a good number of Temples which attracts large number of tourists.

6. Kullu

Breathtaking scenery of Kullu

The sister town to Manali, Kullu too, is a hill station of breathtaking landscapes and sceneries, a hub of adventure activities as well as home to a number of sacred temples and shrines. Abundant with lush greenery, pristine river streams and a wonderful climate, Kullu is known as one of the most popular tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is also popular as a sister town to Manali, which is on much higher altitude and provides more scenic views. Typically travellers cover both Kullu and Manali in one trip. The views and nature of Kullu is truly worth-watching!!!

Kullu

7. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Western Trapogan, State Bird of Himachal Pradesh

A visit to Manali is no doubt incomplete without a holiday at the Manali Sanctuary. It is home to all kinds of species of flora and fauna  such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Kashmir flying Squirrel, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten, Barking Deer, Flying Fox and also Western Tragopan which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. It is surely a treat to watch for Animal and Nature lovers like me!!

Flying Fox

Adventure Activities in Manali

Paragliding in Manali

Manali is the hub of adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. From River Rafting to Trekking opportunities to Zorbing to Horse-riding to Skiing to Paragliding to River Crossing, Manali has everything to offer. The hillside town of Manali is famous for Paragliding. At 2050 metres above sea level, it is an ultimate location for the sport, with its beautiful green valleys, stark blue skies, and snow-capped mountain peaks. The picture-perfect valley boasts of ideal wind conditions for paragliding and is thronged by both international and domestic tourists.

Skiing in Manali

Also, Manali is known for its excellent skiing conditions with skiing enthusiasts visiting from all over the country. The undulating slopes of Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass offer a perfect terrain for Skiing Enthusiasts! Adding another feather to the list of  Manali adventure sports — Zorbing — will provide you a view of a world turned upside down.  So get ready to be Zorbed, wrapped inside a giant rolling ball, while you indulge in Zorbing in Manali

River Rafting

I personally enjoyed Paragliding, River Rafting, River Crossing and Trekking and it was a breathtaking experience for me, truly unforgettable! Whenever you visit Manali, don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!!

Zorbing in Solang Valley, Manali

Fairs and Festivals

Hadimba Devi Fair

Devotees gather for the Hadimba Devi Fair

The famous Hadimba Devi Temple hosts the famous Hadimba Devi Fair also known as Doongri fair in the months of May to celebrate the birthday of Hadimba, their local goddess. The Fair showcases various folk dance and music performances by the local artists which is beautiful to watch. The fair is held in the temple premises itself and numerous devotees visit the temple during this time and pay their offerings before the goddess.

Dussehra

Dussehra

Dussehra is one of the most heartily celebrated festivals in Manali. The celebrations of Dussehra lasts for almost a week here and you’ll find that the whole town gets together to enjoy it. There are colorful flags all around and people wear new clothes on this day. This festival is one of the most prominent occasions in the Hindu religion. It commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. on ‘Vijayadashami’ day itself and continues for seven days.

Winter Carnival

Cultural Dance during the winter carnival

Winter Carnival is a grand festival of Manali, and artists and cultural groups from all over the country come here to participate in the celebration. It is a famous 5 day festival held at Manu Kala Kendra. It is the best time to enjoy the snowy beauty of the region and enjoy winter sport activities as well! It usually takes place in the second week of January and you can indulge in various winter sports activities as well as learn a lot about food culture of Manali

Losar Festival

Losar Festival Manali

Losar festival is one of those celebrated amongst the Tibetan Community of Manali.  Losar is believed to have originated in the pre-Buddhist period in Tibet and is the New Year’s celebrations for them. During this festival, Tibetan opera and prayer ceremonies take place in different monasteries. The specialty of Losar celebration is the Chaam Dance which is performed wearing vibrant costumes and masks.

Festivals like Baisakhi and Lohri are also celebrated in Manali in a grand manner. Be a part of these Festivals and make your vacation memorable!!

Manali is truly a Paradise not only for Nature and Adventure Lovers but also for people who just want respite from their Busy Urban Life!! I personally enjoyed my trip to Manali a lot and suggest you all to visit and explore Manali at least once after Corona is over!! For now, I am sure you would have loved seeing the Beauty of Manali from the comfort of your homes!! Here’s few more pics of Manali!!

Meee River Crossing in Manali

Goal Machine Cristiano Ronaldo

Hi friends! I am back with a bang on the journey of footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo. If you really want to know the meaning of consistency, just check out the statistics of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it is just unbelievable! In this blog, I will post about the incredible and motivating journey of Cristiano Ronaldo and will also give my opinion on the ‘Ronaldo vs Messi Debate.’ I am sure that his journey will not only melt your heart but also will inspire you to chase your dreams inspite of the obstacles that come in between! So let’s get started…..

Club and National Career

Sporting Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro was born in Sao Pedro, Funchal , on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The name Ronaldo was added to Cristiano’s name in honour of his father José Dinis Aveiro’s favourite movie actor, Ronald Reagan, who was U.S. president at the time of Cristiano’s birth. As a child, Ronaldo played for amateur team Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father was the kit man, and later spent two years with Nacional. Cristiano was always dedicated and passionate about football and aspired to become a professional footballer. During his childhood, he idolised Portuguese players like Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Fernando Couto and was amazed by their brilliance.

Childhood pic of Ronaldo

In 1997, Ronaldo aged 12, was signed by Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for a fee of 1500 Pounds. At such a young age Ronaldo had to leave his home in Madeira and shift to Lisbon. Initially he had to go through a lot of trouble staying alone in a new place far away from his family. “Football gave me everything, but it also took me far away from home before I was really ready. When I was 11 years old, I moved from the island to the academy at Sporting Lisbon, and it was the most difficult time in my life.” revealed Ronaldo in an interview. His Family always supported him and encouraged him to stay there, because they knew that Ronaldo had the talent and the mentality to succeed. Ronaldo at age of 15 was diagnosed with a racing heart, a condition that could have forced him to give up playing football. But due to his determination and self-belief he managed to beat the disease after undergoing a heart surgery and returned to training a few days later. Nothing could stop Ronaldo from becoming world’s best footballer, not even a heart disease!!

Cristiano with Sporting Lisbon

 On 7 October 2002, Ronaldo made his debut in the Primeira Liga (Portuguese League) against Moreirense, and scored two goals in their 3–0 win. Over the course, Ronaldo scored 5 goals and made 5 assists in 31 matches. He also won the Portuguese Super Cup with Sporting and was one of the most exciting young players. Owing to his Talent and Hardwork he got offers from many big teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and FC Barcelona.

Manchester United

In August 2003, Manchester United signed teenage sensation Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of 12.24 Million Pounds. He was the first ever Portuguese to play for his Dream Club Manchester United. Having been so much impressed by Ronaldo’s talent and hardwork, Manchester United players urged their manager Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him instantly. When Ronaldo was signed in 2003, his father Jose Dinis had a bet with him that he will become the world’s best striker which motivated Ronaldo even more. Ronaldo came from a background full of poverty. The transformation of Ronaldo from Poverty to being one of the richest sportsmen in the world is truly unbelievable!

Ronaldo with Manchester United

18 year old Ronaldo played alongside legends like Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes to name a few and instantly grabbed the attention of his fans. His dedication and passion for football was truly commendable and that was one of the reasons why he garnered so much attention. A key element in his development during his time in England proved to be his manager, Alex Ferguson, of whom he later said, “He’s been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.”

Ronaldo scored his first goal for Manchester United with a free-kick in a 3–0 win over Portsmouth on 1 November. Ronaldo most of the times played as a left winger for ManU, where he regularly looked to deliver crosses into the penalty area. In this position, he was able to use his pace and acceleration, agility, and technical skills to take on opponents in one-on-one situations.  Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks such as the Stepovers and so-called ‘chops’ that became his trademark. In later half of his ManU career, especially after the 2006 World Cup he transformed himself completely. “From being scrawny and skinny to transforming into a middleweight boxer, he underwent quite a transformation. He also became much better in terms of agility, leap, movements,etc after 2006 WC” revealed Ronaldo’s ManU teammate Gary Neville. Ronaldo ManU career was more of a learning curve for him, he was more of a dribbler in ManU. Ronaldo made 292 appearances for ManU scoring 118 goals and assisting 69 times. He has won many trophies for ManU like 2 Premier League trophies, 2 FA Cup Trophies, 1 Champions League title to name a few. He was one of the most admired ManU players and he also won the ‘Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year’ Award twice and BALLON D’OR Award once in 2008.  His final ever goal for Manchester United came on 10 May 2009 with a free kick in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford

Real Madrid

Ahead of the 2009-10 LaLiga season, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee at the time, of 80 million pounds. Ronaldo made his debut in La Liga on 29 August 2009, against Deportivo La Coruna and scored from the penalty spot in Madrid’s 3–2 home win. This was the phase of Ronaldo’s career where he got the ‘legendary’ status from his fans. Ronaldo could now play regularly against his arch rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona. Ronaldo in Madrid was slowly garnered the status of a complete player, because he could play with his left and right foot, was good in headers, scored some astonishing free-kicks, could also score from crazy angles and was the best in penalties too! The major reason behind Ronaldo’s success was Hardwork + Dedication towards football! “Nothing happens by chance. Talent is worthless if you don’t work hard” revealed Ronaldo when asked about his secret behind his success. Who can forget Ronaldo’s trademark celebration which  is something that every football fan have seen and tried, at least once!! Every time he scores, he runs off to jump, twirl, plant his feet with his hands by his side and with the scream “Siiii”.

Ronaldo doing the Siii Celebration with Real Madrid

The Ronaldo-Messi rivalry became more intense since Ronaldo’s arrival in Madrid. The El Classico(it is among the most viewed sporting events) which takes place between arch rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona also garnered more fans since 2009. Ronaldo and Messi both push each other and raise the bar of individual excellence. Ronaldo was most successful under the management of Zinedine Zidane where he won the Champions League three successive times. Ronaldo always praised Zidane and said that “You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special” Ronaldo was very successful in Madrid by becoming the scoring the most number of goals for Madrid. Whenever his team needed him, Ronaldo was always there. He had an impressive career with Madrid that lasted almost a decade. He scored 450 goals in 438 appearances and made 131 assists for Madrid. He won the Champions League 4 times, La Liga 2 times, Spanish Cup 2 times, UEFA Super Cup three times and also the Spanish Super Cup 2 times with Real Madrid. Individually also he won several awards like the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award 4 times and also the BALLON D’OR Award 4 times with Madrid. During his time in Madrid, he became Real Madrid’s all time leading goalscorer and hence achieved the legendary status there! Cristiano Ronaldo is a part of Real Madrid’s legacy and will forever be remembered as one of the great icons throughout the club’s history.

Juventus

On 10 July 2018, Ronaldo signed a four-year contract with Italian giants Juventus after completing a 100 million pounds transfer which surprised the footballing fraternity, because no one expected him to leave Madrid including me. The transfer was the highest ever for a player over 30 years old, and the highest ever paid by an Italian club. Ronaldo always wanted to search for new challenges from the very beginning and that is the reason why he departed from Real Madrid. He literally won every single trophy with Madrid and I am sure, with his Passion and hunger to score goals and win trophies, he will be successful with Juventus too!

Ronaldo with Juventus

On 16 September, Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus in his fourth appearance for the club in a 2–1 home win over Sassuolo. In his two season career till now with Juve, Ronaldo has made 78 appearances scoring 54 goals and made 14 assists. With Juve, Ronaldo has already won 1 Italian Cup(Serie A) and 1 Italian Super Cup. He has already won “Player of the Year” Award once in the 2018-19 season, but is yet to win a Champions League with Juve. Cristiano is regarded as one of the most Decorated footballers of all time. Even at the age of 35 Ronaldo is the second leading goalscorer in 2019-20 Serie A season scoring 22 goals in 23 matches behind only Lazio’s Ciro Immobile. Age is just a number for Cristiano Ronaldo and that’s truly inspirational!

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Charity

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered selfish and arrogant by many of his haters but off the field he is totally the opposite. Ronaldo holds many ambassadorial roles for various charities and organisations. As one of the best-paid footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has done more than his fair share for charity. One of Ronaldo’s first donations came in 2011 when the Portuguese auctioned off his European Golden Boot for £1.2m, with the money going towards building schools in Gaza. In December that year, a shirt signed by the forward was sold for £31,000 with the money going to Save the Children Foundation and since 2012, the forward has been an ambassador for the charity, which aims to improve the lives of children all over the world. In 2015, Ronaldo was named as the most charitable sports star in the world by dosomething.org, which recognised his ambassadorship, his donations to charities, and varies other causes he has been involved with. On the Field Ronaldo has proven to be a thorough professional and a True Gentleman off it!!

Portugal (National Career)

At age 18, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003. He was subsequently called up for UEFA 2004, held in his home country, and scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece. After converting his penalty in a shootout against England in the quarter-finals, he helped Portugal reach the final by scoring the opening goal in a 2–1 win over the Netherland. He was featured in the team of the tournament, having provided two assists in addition to his two goals.

Cristiano with Portugal against Spain

In his illustrious career for Portugal, Ronaldo has broken many records and is considered the best ever Portuguese Player. He is Portugal’s most capped player of all time by making 164 appearances and is also Portugal’s Leading Goalscorer by scoring 99 Goals. He is the youngest player to reach 100 caps for Portugal, he achieved this when he was 27 years, 8 months and 11 days. He is the only Portuguese Player to win UEFA Champions League 5 times. With Portugal, Ronaldo was crowned as European Champion once in 2016 and has also the won the UEFA Nations League in 2019. These 2 trophies was close to Ronaldo’s heart as he always wanted to win a trophy with his country. This was one of the reasons why experts consider Ronaldo to be better than his arch rival Messi because Messi has failed to win a single trophy with his country Argentina. Who can forget the Free Kick, the 33 year old Ronaldo scored against Spain in the 2018 World Cup. He scored that astonishing free kick in the dying moments of the game and managed to Tie the game for Portugal. He is Undoubtedly the greatest player to don the Portuguese jersey!

UEFA Cristiano League (UCL)

YES you guessed it right! I am talking about the UEFA Champions League(UCL). The UCL as you all know is the most toughest and prestigious football tournament in the world because it is contested by the Top-Division European Clubs that decide the competition winners. And Ronaldo is considered the ‘King of UCL‘ by all experts!

Ronaldo with one his UCL trophies for Real Madrid

Ronaldo has won this competition 5 times, most by any player, 4 with Spain’s Real Madrid and 1 with England’s Manchester United. He is the all time Top Goalscorer with 129 goals in 173 matches. He is only Player to score 17 goals in a single season which he scored for Real Madrid in 2013. He is the only player to score in 3 UCL FINALS. He is the only player to score in 11 straight UCL games . He is also the only player to score in all 6 games in UCL Group Stage. He has scored 129 goals in the UCL till now, 105 goals with Real Madrid, 15 with Manchester United and 8 with Juventus. Who can forget the Bicycle Kick Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid against Juventus in 2017-18 UCL quarter final tie! IT was Absolutely Breathtaking! Even Juventus fans stood and Applauded his Individual Brilliance! Another unforgettable UCL moment of Ronaldo came way back in 2009 when he played for Manchester! He scored a long range freekick from 40 yards out against rivals Arsenal in UCL SemiFinal at the Emirates. Noone believed that it would go in, Not even the commentators…. But Ronaldo believed in himself! I really think that UCL’s name should be changed to UEFA Cristiano League to honour Ronaldo for his brilliance!

Cristiano’s Bicycle Kick vs Juventus

Ronaldo’s 10 Rules for Success

These are the 10 rules that our Hero Ronaldo has advised people to follow if they want to succeed in life.

  1. Just Enjoy whatever you are doing because once you start enjoying you complete the task faster!
  2. Be Competitive. Because in today’s Cut-throat World, you have to be competitive to excel.
  3. Always Take on New Challenges.
  4. Know your Priorities Well
  5. People will Judge You. There will be criticisms too, but that should not stop you from following your dreams. If you are on the right track, you will excel.
  6. Work Hard. There are no shortcuts to success, you need to work hard and be dedicated to succeed.
  7. Believe you are the Best. Always believe in yourself. You can win, you can excel. Ronaldo always believed in himself, when noone believe in him and that’s why he is the best!
  8. Play for the Team.
  9. Enjoy the Moment. Becoming successful is a long process. You have to work hard and be consistent for years together. Take one step at a time, Focus and enjoy the Present and don’t worry about the future.
  10. Have a Sense of Humour.

My Opinion on the Ronaldo vs Messi Debate

Well honestly I feel both Ronaldo and Messi are the legends of the game. We should be feeling lucky to be born in an era where we can see both of these players play. There are only few players who are as Talented and Hardworking as they are. Their consistency as i said earlier is just unmatchable. Both Messi and Ronaldo push each other and raise the bar of excellence. Both are widely regarded not only as the two best players of their generation, but also, as two of the greatest of all time. But I feel both of them are different players, Messi on one hand is full of ‘God-Given Talent’ and on the other hand Ronaldo is full of Hard Work and Dedication, Ronaldo had to work hard for his Physique, for his Fitness and also for improving his Goal-scoring ability! I guess rather than comparing these two we should enjoy their beautiful game they possess. These two are undoubtedly the best of all time

Ronaldo and Messi

But if you ask me to choose one among them in my dream team, I would definitely choose Ronaldo. For me, he has reached that position not only due to his talent, but also due to his Hard-Work and Passion for Football. He believed in himself when no one believed in him. He transformed himself from a skinny boy to one of the most athletic person in the world. He had the determination in himself to be the best footballer in the World. For me and for all football fans around the world, he is an inspiration and a role model! His Commiment and Work Ethic is unparalleled. Even Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli is inspired by Ronaldo. The Run Machine is appreciating the Goal Machine!! And Undoubtedly Ronaldo is the greatest of all times and deserves all his accolades…..

Do Comment your favourite goal and favourite moments of Cristiano Ronaldo in the comment section!! Would love to see your comments!

Iconic and Inspirational Journey of Yuvraj Singh

Hii friends. Hope you all are safe and are taking good care of yourselves. So here I am with my first blog on the inspirational and iconic journey of Yuvraj Singh! I can’t think of a better player to start my blog, because he is a role model and an inspiration for all!  In this blog I will be sharing about Yuvi’s Cricketing Career and also about his courageous fight with cancer. I hope that in this tough times my blog will bring a smile on your face and give you courage to fight this Pandemic! So let’s get started….

Cricketing Career of Yuvi

It was 20 years ago when a young, charismatic and charming 18-year-old left world cricket surprised. Yuvraj made his breakthrough in the Indian squad for the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy owing to his impressive performances for the Under-19 team. With a fearless approach, gorgeous bat-swing and immense hitting ability, Yuvraj was slowly capturing hearts of cricket fans.

A few people in Indian cricket were as blessed and talented as Yuvraj Singh was. With his unique high backlift and gift of strokeplay, he used to collect boundaries with amazing ease. Yuvi, as he is often called, always delivered whenever the captain needed him to. He also took many important wickets at crucial times for the team and so was considered an important asset for the Indian Cricket Team. Yuvi was always the one whom the captain can rely on be it with the bat or also with the ball. Yuvi always gave India the confidence to chase big totals or set up big targets. He was one of those rare players who did not get affected by the fact whether it was an off-spinner bowling, or a leg-spinner. He had the belief and the skill to do the job he needed to. He was also one of the athletic players in  the Indian Team, fielding primarily at point and covers with a good aim at the stumps. One of the main reasons Yuvi started playing cricket was his father Yograj Singh. Yograj Singh was a former Indian cricketer who played only 1 test and 6 ODI’s as a right arm fast medium bowler. He was considered to be one of the fastest Indian bowler at his time. “He’s always been like a dragon to me. He never appreciated me playing any other sport which always scarred me when I was a young kid. He always wanted me to play cricket and fulfil his dream of becoming a cricketer” revealed Yuvraj emotionally during his retirement speech.

Yuvi with his father

He is one of the only 5 Indians to have played over 300 ODIs and therefore, was a regular member of the Indian side for over a decade. Also he is the only player to score over 300 runs and pick 15 wickets in the same tournament and achieved this feat in the 2011 World Cup. So, his handy bowling must not be underrated as it helped him bag 111 ODI wickets. He also won 2 Indian Premier League (IPL) Trophies, one with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and the other with Mumbai Indians in 2019. When sledged and challenged, who can forget his six sixes against England’s Stuart Broad?!!

As every player has highs and lows, Yuvi had them too. The highs in his cricketing career was winning the 2002 Natwest Series against England in England, winning the 2007 Twenty 20 World Cup and also winning the 2011 World Cup. He won the Man of the Tournament award in the 2011 World Cup where he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets.  His major low was the 2014 World T20 Final against Sri Lanka where he scored 11 runs off 22 balls and was blamed for India’s defeat. Yuvi was a big Manchester United fan. He loved seeing players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo play for the Red Devils. Yuvi married Hazel Keech on 30th November 2016. Hazel  is a British−Mauritian film actress and model who has appeared in Indian television programs and films.

So much of India’s ODI success is credited to Yuvraj Singh and he deserves every bit of it. Yuvi was a man of high spirits and always had a mantra of “Never Give Up.” After an illustrious career that spanned almost 2 decades, Yuvi announced retirement on 10th June 2019. He is a legend and deserves all his accolades as he was a giant of the One-Day game.

Achievements and Honours

  1. In a 2007 ICC T20 World Cup match against England, he hit six sixes in a single over of Stuart Broad. He also holds a record of scoring fastest T20 fifty by scoring it in 12 balls in the same match against England.
  2. He was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
  3. He was awarded with the Arjuna Award (India’s second highest sporting award) in 2012 by the President of India
  4. In 2014, he was awarded with the Padma Shri Award
  5. In February 2014, he was honoured with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Brand Endorsements

Yuvi was signed by Microsoft to be the brand ambassador for the Xbox 360 video game console in 2006. Codemaster’s cricket video game ‘Brian Lara International Cricket 2007’ was released with his endorsement in India titled ‘Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007‘.

Yuvi has also been involved in Sports based E-Commerce. He is a brand ambassador of sports365.in, an online store focussed on selling sports goods and fitness equipment. He is also the brand ambassador for the Sports Brand Puma. He was also appointed brand ambassador of’Ulysse Nardin‘watch in 2013. He has also endorsed brands like Pepsi, Reebok, Birla Sun Life, Royal Mega Stag, Whirlpool, Revital, Cadbury and LG in the past.

Cancer Diagnosis and Comeback

Right after the 2011 World Cup Victory, Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung, which was confirmed to be Seminoma Lung Cancer.He proceeded to undergo chemotherapy treatment in Boston and Indianapolis, and was discharged in March 2012 after his third and final cycle of Chemotherapy. He returned to India in April 2012. Yuvi always considered his mother as his inspiration. Mumma’s Boy Yuvi always had his mother by his side throughout his Cancer Treatment in the US. He always had his mother’s back in his tough times.

yuvi with his mother

Cancer, one of the most common disease in the world right now, was once considered as a deadly disease whose name shakes the person from head to toe, but Yuvi chose to battle it out.“When you hear the word cancer for the first time, you really get scared. Cancer. It’s like a death sentence. You become really unsure where your life will take you” said Yuvraj.  Yuvi realized fairly soon, that the only option ahead of him if he ever wanted to play cricket again, was to receive effective cancer treatment. He got started on multiple rounds of chemotherapy and flew to Boston and Indianapolis in 2012, to meet the doctors who had previously treated former cyclist Lance Armstrong.

“The side effects of chemo made me reel on my knees some days. But I was determined to come back and play for my country. That’s the one thing which always motivated me” said Yuvi in one of his interviews. Yes, our hero was inspired by Lance Armstrong who has made many  records in his career as well and was also diagnosed with the same kind of tumour in 1996. He was treated with tumour and despite that, he began his career again. Yuvraj has also been treated by the same doctor. During his time in the U.S, he used to read the autobiography of Lance Armstrong for motivation and to get his treatment done perfectly.

We need to remember Yuvraj’s biggest takeaway, “When it comes to cancer, the only choice we have is to get up.” Finally after 3 intensive chemotherapy sessions from February 2012 to March 2012, Yuvi triumphed Cancer and returned to India in April 2012 eager to get back into his grooves i.e playing cricket for India again! Yuvi made a comeback for India on September 2012 in a 20-20 match against New Zealand. He even scored his career best One Day score of 150 runs against England in Cuttack in January 2017.

Charity and Autobiography

Yuvi after his Cancer comeback started his own charity, YouWeCan (YWC) and has treated over hundreds of cancer patients.  In April 2015, he announced the intention to invest INR 40–50 crores in online startups, expanding the YouWeCan proposition by setting up YouWeCan Ventures in order to do so. In 2015, YouWeCan also initiated the nationwide cancer awareness in association with Jayakrishnan, the founder of Heyyo Media. The campaign took cancer awareness to many students across the country. The main Motto of YWC is “ Live, Dare, Inspire.”

YWC is built around the ethos – Live, Dare and Inspire – and aims to motivate individuals to fight against insurmountable odds, have courage and make fighters out of all of us” said Yuvi in an Interview.

The charity also launched a sports lifestyle brand that offers premium apparel of the finest quality. “YWC is an athleisure wear brand offering premium apparel of the finest quality exuding the personality of our founder – Yuvraj Singh. The idea behind YWC is to link it back to the YouWeCan Foundation for cancer awareness and prevention. The idea was to make the foundations work financial independent and self sustaining. Hence YWC-clothing brand supports the foundation actively with sales revenue going directly to the foundation. The other aspect of the business model right from the launch was to make it a viable fashion retail brand ” said Shazmeen Kara who is the Founder & CEO and overall brand head for YWC  (an initiative by Yuvraj Singh).

 The book “The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back” is an autobiography of Yuvraj Singh which was released on 19th March 2013. The book has the history of Yuvi’s life. Yuvi described the Ups and Downs he faced in his career and how he comes out of stronger from his toughest days! Do read this book for getting more inspiration. I personally got tears in my eyes while reading, it will surely inspire you too!

Lessons for Us

When life knocks down you have a choice — to get up. So I thought to myself, ‘get up and do it again.” – Yuvraj Singh

In life you have 2 options – either accept the defeat and be upset or stand up and keep fighting till the time you win and winning does not mean reaching the top it means to live the life you wanted to live. It’s a choice you need to make – either Live or Leave. So Dream big and don’t stop until you achieve it!

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