Travel to Dubai
16.04.2011 - 17.04.2011 7 °C
On Saturday, Apr 16 about 7pm we boarded an Air France jet after waiting in the very comfortable lounge at the airport. The flight was a bit bumpy but the service and food were excellent. We watched The Social Network and then both fell asleep until we were ready to land. In Paris it was 2 am EST and 8 am where it was a lovely, sunny morning – about 12 degrees. They are a good 4 weeks ahead of us in the growing season – the fields are growing, the grass is green. We found the Air France Lounge and settled in to wait for our 1:30 flight to Dubai.
The Dubai leg was a 6 hour flight. We watched True Grit and ate another amazing meal. We arrived at the hotel around midnight local time. Clearing customs was a bit of a wait and when we got there they told us that we had to go to another floor of the airport to obtain the originals of our visas (they don’t accept photocopies). It is quite efficient – someone in the country has to sponsor you to obtain a visa. When they create the visa they retain the original and they send you a photocopy (pdf) which you use to travel with until you get here. Then you pick up your original.
Our residence is a very nice 2 bedroom apartment with 3 bathrooms, a big kitchen, and a large dining/living room area and 2 small balconies. The internet is wired so we will get a wireless router to provide access for the laptops, iPod and iPad. We got hooked up, figured out how to work the TVs, unpacked and finally got to bed about 2 am.
Dubai Harbour from the Dusit