Two Weeks in Egypt - October 2012
Day 1: Dubai and the United Arab Emirates
We flew on an Emirates Airbus A380 from Auckland via Sydney to Dubai. The large plane was full despite the 13 hour flight into Dubai. It was a pleasant flight, a good level of service from the cabin staff and surprisingly good meals, but in my view still not quite up to the standard of the Air new Zealand long-haul services. We arrived in Dubai in the early morning and after clearing immigration and customs we were met by the travel company and transferred by bus to our hotel.
A bus tour of Dubai was planned for the morning and we suspected that this was to enable the hotel to prepare our rooms - but we were wrong and after a quick shower and change we were off on the bus trip. This was a good introduction to Dubai and for many of us our first experience of the Middle-East. Despite the apparent chaos and throngs of people it was described as "Egypt-Lite" - and so it was!
We travelled by bus around Dubai, passing all the tall buildings that attempted to beat each other to the sky - as well as those on more modest faux London and New York style. We crossed the river, walked through the Old Souk and the Gold Souk, then collapsed from the heat in the hotel. These photos offer a sample of Dubai sights and scenes.
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