Last Friday on 12.12.08, our office and staff celebrated the 15th anniversary / annual dinner. First time for me as i joined the firm just for 7 months. Although there are rumours and gossips on economic downturn, the anniversary was celebrated passionately. Mungkin all the staff nak melupakan kerisauan mereka, and just enjoy the moment. Me? yup, enjoyed the night very well.
For this year, the celebration held in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The hotel is located in the main Dubai - Abu Dhabi road. The hotel is within easy access to Dubai International Airport and main business and shopping area. It also located close to the biggest water park (Wild Wadi - oh, i'm dying to go there, tapi tadak member nak join, lagipun sekarang winter, gila jugak la kalau nak pi waterpark), and opposite to the world renowned - Burj al Arab.
Jumeirah Beach hotel is a 5 star hotel in Dubai. The hotel which opened in 1997, is operated by the Dubai-based hotelier Jumeirah (the same operator of Burj al Arab, Medinat Jumeirah, Emirates Tower and my very own Bab al Shams Hotel project). This wave shaped hotel complements the sail shaped Burj al Arab, which is adjacent to the hotel. When first completed in 1997, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel became the 9th tallest building in Dubai. Today, it is ranked lower than the 100th tallest building. Bayangkan, dalam masa 10 tahun saja, lebih seratus bangunan dibina lebih tinggi dari hotel ni. Wow.
Beautiful night view of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj al Arab Hotel. hari tu masa malam hari kebangsaan UAE ada jugak pergi ke Jumeirah open beach, waiting for the fireworks. tunggu punya tunggu, haram takde pun. Rupa rupanya, memang diorang tak celebrate with fireworks. tapi malam tu, all the arabs acting weird (macam mabuk pun ada) - berarak naik kereta tengah tengah malam, menjerit jerit dan keluar dari tingkap kereta - arab woman pun sama!
Another view of the hotel from the private beach.
View of the hotel from the swimming pool
15 years anniversary. congratulations! this is the foyer decoration, for our celebration. from the drop off area, there is a long red carpet waiting for us (with photographer at the main entrance). Everybody (especially the ladies) dressed up like a star. make an entrance. before entering the main lobby. macam macam jenis fesyen ada! from abaya, sampai la 'cheetah-print' dress. nasib baik takde 'fashion police', kalau ada, ramai la yang kena masuk jel.
the grand lobby. grab a drink and move around before register and get our gifts. Though takde ang pow (huhuhu), but the gifts are not that bad. we got poster, notebook, chocolate, cap, booklet, glass cube with a form of meydan gateway tower inside it, and not to forget, a very speacial gold coin with our firm name on the surface (ini kalau sesak sesak takde duit, boleh gadai kat kedai pajak ni...).
this is the hall of the event. nicely decorated. hampir semua staff berkumpul, even from kuching branch, kuala lumpur branch, singapore and not to forget, dubai branch (both headquarters and site office).
few photos in the grand lobby, just after we received our gift. from left, hady, aie (oh, miss D, she got the same name with you) and sairie. i dont dare to dress to kill, hehehe.
From left Miaw, Hady, Sairie, Aie, Ninien, Shahril and 'i dont know who'. oh, sorry!
a very sweet couple. beautiful beautiful dettol with her boyfriend, rizal. did u guys notice that the girl has a look of kirsten dunst?
headquarter's babe: ninien and cherrie
hey all hijjas kasturi peeps out there, still remember her? Sau Lin lorr...
and of course, our very own mr Teo, my ex-associate in my previous firm, hijjas kasturi
nice table decoration - but not so delicious menu (or maybe becoz i'm too selective, ..maybe..)
our vj of the night, mike krishnan and melinda (of 8tv quicky). dont recognize her? of course! coz she's wearing abaya!
fashion show. yup. we had a fashion show that nite! our new staff uniform. but of course only for the administration staff. at first i thought that all the architect will have to dress like this, mampos!
the models and the designer, Azah - wife of jamel. he is so lucky to have her - beautiful and talented!
one of the model of the night, Farah in action.
jeng jeng jeng, surprise of the night, the first malaysian idol, Jaclyn Viktor diterbangkan khas dari Malaysia ke Dubai. Powerful voice. and sangat la selamba dia, sempoi saja. kool.
one of the performance by the Pinoy group (our very own staff). boleh la tahan jugak tarian diorang, at least they tried (do u all know that its very hard to learn how to dance, been there, done that). and i just lurve the performance by '150 fingers' group. very touching.
our 1st prize winner for lucky draw, my roomate kat office - eddy. dapat i-mac siot! hadiah hadiah lain pun boleh tahan jugak lah. touch screen computer. hot balloon trip. LV bag. Plasma TV. Dinner in Atlantis. dan banyak lagi. cuma yang tak best tu, i didnt win anything. hahaha.
Jac did what she need to do : sing.
in overall, agak puas hati juga to join the events. boleh la sekejap lupakan perihal kerja di ofis dan keadaan ekonomi out there. dan paling tak lupa, bila my big boss gave his speech saying that:
"tough days (economy downturn 2009) will come and go, but tough people (staff) will stay..."
hmmm, dalam maksudnya tu..