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A date with Dates!

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A date with Dates

#inabudhabi on Friday morning is the most interesting thing you should try out, if not done already. The quietness, neatness and peace surrounding is something you enjoy along with the breeze. A bonus now is the beauty of the date palm trees that are filled with dates ready to harvest. Summer holidays and thinking of some quality time with children. This will be good option.
Ensure to follow safety guidelines using the biking tracks.


Example of trust and safety through Elephants and mahouts

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See the trust and confidence shown here. A mahout taking the elephant back after a temple festival. Attitude and Respectforeachother is also another element. Thought of adding my safety campaign to it too. #StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely.

മഴയിൽ കുതിർന്ന ബാല്യം

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മഴയിൽ കുതിർന്നു കിടക്കുന്ന ഈ കളിസ്ഥലം പലർക്കും സുപരിചതമാണ്. അവിടെ ചിലവഴിച്ച ബാല്യകാലം ഓർത്തെടുക്കാൻ വേണ്ടി 2010 ഇൽ ഒരു മഴക്കാലത്ത് ആ വഴി കറങ്ങി എടുത്ത ഒരു ഫോട്ടോ.

ഓർമ്മകൾ കുറച്ചു കൂടി പുറത്തേക്കെടുത്താൽ പലർക്കും ഇത് തീർത്തും മറക്കാനാവാത്ത ഒരു ചിത്രമാവും. അന്നൊക്കെ കാലത്തു സ്കൂളിൽ നേരത്തെ വന്നാൽ ഫുട്ബോൾ കാളി ഒരു ഹരമായിരുന്നു. ക്ലാസ് കഴിച്ചു വൈകീട്ടും. മഴയിൽ കുതിർന്നു കിടക്കുന്ന ഈ കളിസ്ഥലത്തു പുല്ലിലും ചേറിലും കളിച്ചു ഷർട്ട് എല്ലാം അഴുക്കാക്കി വീട്ടിൽ തിരിച്ചെത്തുമ്പോൾ കിട്ടുന്ന ചീത്ത ഒന്നും അപ്പോൾ ഓർക്കാറില്ല. ഒന്നോ രണ്ടോ ജോഡി ഷർട്ടും ട്രൗസറും മാത്രം കിട്ടുന്ന അന്നത്തെ സ്കൂൾ കാലത്തു, ആ ചേറിൽ കുതിർന്ന ഷർട്ടും ട്രൗസറും വീട്ടിൽ വന്നു കഴുകി ഉണക്കി എടുത്തു തേച്ചു വൃത്തി ആക്കാൻ ഉള്ള പെടാപ്പാടു അന്നത്തെ അമ്മമാർക്കെ അറിയൂ.

എന്നാലും, അതൊരു സുവർണ കാലം ആയിരുന്നു. ഇന്നത്തെ പോലെ കുട്ടികൾക്ക് പുറത്തു കളിയ്ക്കാൻ അവസ്സരങ്ങൾ കുറവാണ്, നിഷേധിക്കപ്പെടുന്നു, എന്നുള്ള വസ്തുതകൾ ഒരു സത്യം മാത്രം. ഇന്ന് ബാല്യ കാലം മൊബൈൽ ഫോണിൽ കളയുന്ന കുട്ടികൾക്കായി ഈ ഫോട്ടോ സമർപ്പിക്കുന്നു.

വായിക്കൂ, കളിക്കൂ, പുറത്തിറങ്ങി ധൈര്യത്തോടെ ഇടപെഴകൂ, വളർന്നു വളത്താകൂ. കൂടെ ആൺ പേന വ്യത്യാസം ഇല്ലാതെ സ്വയരക്ഷക്കു ഉള്ള വഴികളും പേടിച്ചു മുന്നേറൂ. പരമാവധി മൊബൈൽ ഓൺലൈൻ കൂട്ട് കെട്ടുകൾ ഒഴിവാക്കൂ. നിങ്ങളുടെ മാതാപിതാക്കൾ ആവട്ടെ നിങ്ങളുടെ മാർഗദർശികൾ. അല്ലാതെ ഇന്നലെ ഓൺലൈനിലോ മൊബൈലിലോ പരിചയപ്പെട്ട എവിടെയോ ഉള്ള സുഹൃത്ത് ആവാതിരിക്കട്ടെ!

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Visit Al Wathba Wetland to Click & Win

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Several times we go far away to see beautiful places and subjects. Many times we forget to visit the natural beauty which is close to us. Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi is one such place that UAE residents and visitors should never miss to visit.

Al Wathba is globally recognized as a national and regional hotspot for scientific research and contributes to developing the global scientific knowledge on wetland ecology and the biology of breeding resident and migratory birds of the UAE, including the flagship species, the Greater Flamingo. The reserve supports a rich array of wildlife and many globally and locally threatened wetland species. The reserve is one of the first protected areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the first to be declared as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The reserve supports a rich array of wildlife and many globally and locally threatened wetland species. Since 2011, flamingos have regularly bred in Al Wathba.

Total has extended its collaboration with EAD through a new partnership to protect and develop Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. The objectives of this partnership is to support the agency in its efforts to protect  the wetlands of the Abu Dhabi region.

Environment Agency Abu Dhabi has launched Al Wathba photography competition to win a prizes up to AED 24,000. Starting from now to the 30th of April, 2017. You are encouraged to participate in it.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve was established in 1998 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It was the first place in the Emirate to be designated for protection by law and was declared a Ramsar site in 2013. This means that the site has been recognized by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and joins a list of over 2,000 other internationally recognized wetlands around the world.

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve covers a total area of five square kilometers, comprising wetlands, sabkhas (salt flats), fossilized sands and dunes.

Despite its relatively small size, it simply teems with life. You will discover an amazing diversity here, including several endangered species who have made this their home and found shelter, protection and nourishment.

The presence of so many different habitats and types of vegetation within one compact area has attracted many different forms of life. More than 250 species of birds have been spotted, along with an abundance of aquatic life, as well as 37 plant species. Al Wathba also features a rich variety of dragon flies and damsel flies.

But its greatest and most spectacular attraction is, of course, its flamingo population. When these migratory birds fly in to spend autumn until spring here, as many as 4,000 can be counted. Even when the majority return to Central Asia for the summer months, they still leave behind a resident population which can be seen all year round. In July 2013, the Greater flamingo colony successfully hatched 231 chicks at Al Wathba.

When to visit?

Since Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is an ecologically sensitive area, visiting hours and days are limited.

The reserve is open for public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8.00am to 2.00pm and for schools on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

What will you find there?

Recent on-site construction has made Al Wathba more visitor-friendly including a bird hide that provides easy, close-up viewing.

There are also two clearly marked walking trails, of one and a half and three kilometers respectively, which give great views of the flamingo colonies.

What species can be seen there?

There are hundreds of bird, plant and other species to be seen at Al Wathba – these are just some of them. To get more information, click on the name of the species that interest you.

– Greater flamingo

– Black winged stilt

– Spiny tailed lizard

How Do you Get There?

The reserve is squeezed between Baniyas City, Musaffah, and the Abu Dhabi Al Ain Truck Road.

Al WAthba Wetland Reserve map


 Spread the word. IT’S BACK! The “Al Wathba Photography Competition” is back for a third round starting from November 6th, 2016 to April 30th, 2017.

Snap an amazing photo and participate in the “Al Wathba Photography Competition”.

The competition will have two categories this year amateur photographers and professional photographers. Participants will get the chance to participate with one photo.

The reserve is open for the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

To participate in the competition, follow us on our Instagram account (@EAD_Community):

Upload the photo with the hashtag: #capturealwathba

As a caption :“Participating in the competition”

Please read the terms and conditions of the competition. By participating, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions, the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi will not be held responsible if the terms and conditions were not followed. All the photo that are submitted by participants in the competition will be owned by EAD and will be evaluated and uploaded with the list of all participating photo’s.

Prizes worth AED 24,000 in the forms of vouchers:

 2 Categories:

Professional photographers:

First place winner – 6,000 DHS

Second place winner – 5,000 DHS

Third place winner – 4,000 DHS

Amateur photographers:

First place winner – 4,000 DHS

Second place winner – 3,000 DHS

Third place winner – 2,000 DHS

A team of qualified judges will evaluate the photos and choose the winning photos. The winners of the competition will be announced in a special event.

Best wishes to all participants.

To know more details + Click here to visit the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve website.

Photo credit: Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi. Text source: Al Wathba Wetland reserve site

Photo Speaks: Walking in the moonlight

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It was a casual walk on last thursday evening and suddenly my phone started beeping. Looking at the messages, it was a chat conversation on whatsapp from friends in Kerala about a surprise circle surrounding the moon when they observed it from their locations in Kerala. It created a curiosity element in me and then I started walking in search of a clear location away from the tall buildings. As usual my camera was with me and hence this click and presentation. May be useful for children.

Walking in the moonlight #inabudhabi


Photo Speaks : Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikyam Temple

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Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikyam temple – a prominent temple dedicated to Bharatha, the thrid brother of Sri Rama. Clicke here and read more about the Koodalmanikyam temple.

Tabalatronic in Abu Dhabi – an international musical fusion event

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Tabalatronic by Subash Dhunoohchand and Ramesh Menon

Alliance Française Abu Dhabi is organizing Tablatronic, an international musical fusion event, on Friday, 30th September 2016 at Novotel Al Bustan Ballroom, Abu Dhabi.

The event will have Subhash Dhunoohchand (from Réunion Island) and Ramesh Menon (from Abu Dhabi), performing on various percussion instruments at this cine-concert of worldwide music and an exhibition of fascinating images of Réunion Island.

Performing on stage along with them will be Solange and Nino, the singers of Gayamb, a Creole band that used to play in Reunion Island many years ago. They play original and traditional songs with this particular rhythm from the Indian Ocean called “Sega”: a music mixed from African, Indian and European origins, reflecting the great melting pot of people in Réunion Island that live together for centuries in harmony. Their recent performances included Southern Africa, Bahrain, Oman as well as in UAE.

Tabalatronic tickets can be availed online on Time Out (online) and at Alliance Francaise (paper ticket – contact 02 6122900).

If you, or any of your friends are interested, kindly extend the invitation to them. I will be happy to arrange passes for them to be attend.

Thanks and sincere regards for your support.


Eid Wishes

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Dear all,

Wishing you and your family Eid Mubarak.

With my sincere personal regards,

Ramesh Menon

p.s: Happy to see my click of Sheikh Zayed mosque being used for Eid greetings.

Ganesan K Ganesan & Dhanushya – Melodious father daughter duo

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Ganesan K Ganesan & Dhanushya – Melodious father daughter duo

During my recent visit, I got to listen to the father-daughter duo at a private function. Amazingly talented, combined they take us to the yesteryears melodious musical numbers. I sincerely wish them good luck in their musical journey ahead, a unique, as the father and daughter sing with pleasing voice the songs which you always wish to hear again again the songs of yesteryears as well as contemporary ones.. Good luck and god bless.

My best wishes to Sr Ganesan K Ganesan and his daughter Dhanushya