TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

TRYP is located in Barsha Heights and offers a variety of rooms and services. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019

TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

  • The hotel is located in an urban and busy location
  • It also has numerous environmental initiatives

DUBAI: Although a lot of people head to Dubai for a fly and flop holiday, it is also a good choice for a city break.

Tecom, or Barsha Heights, is one of the places to go to if you want a more urban escape. It is located next to some of the busiest areas in Dubai such as Internet City, Media City and Sheikh Zayed Road. The area is packed with restaurants and hotels.

TRYP by Wyndham is one of the hotels in the area that combines a great stay with a convenient location. Its facilities and interior decor are geared toward a young and professional clientele.

The premium room was spacious and divided into a sleeping area with a big comfy bed and a living area with a TV and sofas. It was very user-friendly. The TV was set up in a way that allowed it to be rotated to face the bed and one of the couches could be turned into a bed.


TRYP has several eco initiatives to help the local environment. The toilet paper, tissues and hand towels are manufactured in the UAE from locally recycled cardboard. The plastic used in the packaging for the bathroom amenities and toiletries, as well as the handles of the toothbrushes and combs, are made from recycled plastic.

Although we had a full-board stay, we were only able to enjoy breakfast and dinner. For dinner we ordered a camel burger and steak. The portions were slightly smaller than we expected, but enough for dinner.


The breakfast buffet at Local had a variety of cheeses, cold meats, vegetables, fruit, cereals and other traditional dishes. The waiter approached each guest to ask if they wanted eggs, their preferred cooking method and other add-ons. Pancakes were also available.

The staff at the hotel were friendly and welcoming, doing their best to help us with our inquiries.

TRYP has a gym and a pool, as well as two other restaurants, L!qd and Barbary, for guests to enjoy. The gym is small, but has basic equipment. The pool is an average size, but has cozy seating around it.


The hotel’s location allows visitors easy access to popular areas in Dubai such as Marina, Jumeirah Beach Walk, Downtown. The building is also a five minute drive from Dubai Internet City Metro Station.

What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

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What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

  • Some of the gifts have either gone missing, were stolen or destroyed over the decades

HOUSTON, Texas: US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill.
While some hold pride of place in museums and scientific institutions, many others are unaccounted for — they have either gone missing, were stolen or even destroyed over the decades.
The list below recounts the stories of some of the missing moon rocks and others that were lost and later found.
It is compiled from research done by Joseph Gutheinz Jr, a retired NASA special agent known as the “Moon Rock Hunter,” his students, and collectSPACE, a website which specializes in space history.

• Both the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 moon rocks presented to perpetually war-wracked Afghanistan have vanished.

• One of the moon rocks destined for Cyprus was never delivered due to the July 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and the assassination of the US ambassador the following month.
It was given to NASA years later by the son of a US diplomat but has not been handed over to Cyprus.

Joseph Gutheinz, an attorney known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," displays meteorite fragments in his office on May 22, 2019 in Friendswood, Texas. (AFP / Loren Elliot)

• Honduras’s Apollo 17 moon rock was recovered by Gutheinz and Bob Cregger, a US Postal Service agent, in a 1998 undercover sting operation baptized “Operation Lunar Eclipse.”
It had been sold to a Florida businessman, Alan Rosen, for $50,000 by a Honduran army colonel. Rosen tried to sell the rock to Gutheinz for $5 million. It was seized and eventually returned to Honduras.

• Ireland’s Apollo 11 moon rock was on display in Dublin’s Dunsink Observatory, which was destroyed in a 1977 fire. Debris from the observatory — including the moon rock — ended up in the Finglas landfill.

• The Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 moon rocks given to then Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi have vanished.

• Malta’s Apollo 17 moon rock was stolen from a museum in May 2004. It has not been found.

• Nicaragua’s Apollo 17 moon rock was allegedly sold to someone in the Middle East for $5-10 million. Its Apollo 11 moon rock ended up with a Las Vegas casino owner, who displayed it for a time in his Moon Rock Cafe. Bob Stupak’s estate turned it over to NASA when he died. It has since been returned to Nicaragua.

• Romania’s Apollo 11 moon rock is on display in a museum in Bucharest. Romania’s Apollo 17 moon rock is believed to have been sold by the estate of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day 1989.

Spain’s Apollo 17 moon rock is on display in Madrid’s Naval Museum after being donated by the family of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, who was assassinated by the Basque separatist group ETA in 1973.
Spain’s Apollo 11 moon rock is missing and is believed to be in the hands of the family of former dictator Francisco Franco.