We’ve transited through Dubai several times and always wondered what it was like to leave the airport. I was also keen to do what I could to minimise jet lag and the completely wrecked feeling I’d have for several days after long flights.
I’d decided no coffee was one thing to try, and no alcohol sadly. The flights over worked well – helped by Business Class no doubt. The flight back from San Francisco to Dubai was longer than the outbound flight to Seattle and I survived that okay too – with minimal disruption to being able to sleep tonight on arrival. This has been a win so far.
It meant we were both in good shape to get the most from Dubai, and after our breakfast at the hotel Ibis, I did an unusual thing and asked at the tour desk. This is a simple solution where you pay a premium price for them to sell you the best tour that pays the highest spotters fee. Cynical perspective maybe. This young guy heard our needs and without question recommended the nine hour Best of Dubai tour – and I thank him for it. It was exactly what we needed, and for around A$90 each including a meal, it was great value and a good way to see Dubai.
We were picked up after midday and dropped back by 9pm. Yes it was a little warm and humid, and yes we walked a bit around the various shopping areas, but he no complaints from us. Eleven or so stops, with plenty of time to look around and never feeling rushed we visited the spice and gold souks (shops), Palm Island and it’s features, big fancy hotels, old museums with good history lessons and got a great appreciation of the city. With the highlight being the end at the grand Dubai mall and the dancing fountain beside the Burj Khalifa – it was a grand day.
At midnight, we checked out of the hotel and caught a charter cab from the hotel for 40 dirham to the airport – about A$15. Easy.
Check in, easy with friendly staff. Security easy with smiling and chatty security staff – it WAS 1:00am after all. Flight departed on time at 3:30am and we were greeted by family on arrival at 5:40pm – thanks guys.
I went to work the next day at 8:30am, not feeling the jet lag at all.
Kerry’s got a cast on her arm that will have her off work for five or six weeks. We did a good job taking care of it for a week.
Trip’s over, thanks for following.