Since my undergrad graduation, I have not been able to take more than two-three work days off so as I saved up some money and pooled some vacation days….I waited for an opportunity to use them. I’ll preface this by saying I tend to love the more adventure bound type vacations so seeing something so opposite to my reality was exactly what I wanted. Ultimately I was happier in the developing countries we were able to visit on this trip then I would have been in any luxury hotel in Europe.
My college roommate Ben and his friend Matt both quit their jobs and bought a $10,000 ($5,000 each) round-the-world Groupon. They are currently on a six month trip around the world. Brian and I decided to meet them on the India leg of their trip! This first post is of our 15 hour layover in Dubai on the way to our first pitstop: Delhi.
We got to the airport bright and early Friday morning…
On a…Magic Carpet Ride?
Brian and I were both really excited about flying the A380 which yes is the full Double Decker. Despite the overblown nature of rumors, they were pretty accurate in this case. Flying Emirates, especially on this plane was the most luxurious experience. (Sidenote if this wasn’t enough for you, here is a pretty neat video from Business Insider: http://read.bi/154Od25)
Let me break this down in order of amazing-ness
1- Children got amazing sets of toys, beach towels, smiley faces in their pudding and backpacks
2- The first class level had this crazy staircase complete with waterfall, seems that this is worth the price
3- The mood lighting in the plane recreates shades of sunrise and sunset with the bonus of a constellation of stars at night time.
Here are a few pics I snapped before I got off the plane. From, the warm lemon scented towels and multilingual staff to the delicious cocktails and full stocked and lit bathrooms. I will be back Emirates. I will be back.
Dubai: The 15 Hour Layover
We finally landed. After being cooped up for 12.5 hours and exhausted from the jet lag we hit the ground running at 9 AM Dubai time. Start your clocks, here is what we did:
I first want to mention that everyone is dressed like epaulettes have never gone out of style. Also this terminal is nothing like the others as it is an over the top glamorous wing aka Terminal 3 aka only for Emirates. U.S. Citizens get in free for short term stays so visas were not a problem. [Sidenote: Having traveled to the Middle East before, i.e. Israel, Jordan etc I will say that this is more like the Vegas of the Middle East then, well, the Middle East so if you go in with this mind set you will have a great time]
Bing, bonggggg – Riding the Rails…
We took the choo choo, er, the metro. You have the option of a Gold Class car, a Ladies & Children car and the regular cars on the Dubai Metro. It is clean, beautiful and efficient, we didn’t need a car once and took it straight from the airport.
Before heading into Downtown Dubai we headed to the Gold Souk. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Dubai is notorious for it’s gold goods in fact they are giving away grams for people dropping pounds right now!