My First and Not Last Trip to Dubai, UAE

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A random couple of people I met in line, turns out they were UPS pilots on overnight.

My Dubai Trip May 2010

My trip to Dubai, UAE was to interview with Emirates Airlines and was given notice about 5 days out that I will been flying out for a three day interview. This was a little never racking, given that I have not flown an airplane is 10 months. My lack of flying was due to that fact that I left my old company due to frustration. I digress; I was not sure what to pack for Dubai, and my impending interview, so my main focus was the trip and enjoying it. I had done some research on the company and did not know if the company was a right fit for me along with living in Dubai, so I just wanted to go and have a good time and if I got a job that might be cool too.

Indian section of the Ibn Battuta Mall

I flew from Phoenix to Houston to catch my flight on Emirates to Dubai, I was surprised to Business Class and was overjoyed by this, and given it is a 15 hour flight. The cabin crew was very nice and provided top-notch service. I was impressed by the service and made me think about being more serious about this interview that did soon pass. Three movies, 4 hours of sleep, and three meals later I arrive in Dubai, with an amazing display of the money of this country with the size and decor of the airport. I got into Dubai at 8pm, and the heat was much like Phoenix, but a lot more humid.

I did the interview on Monday morning and again was not impressed too much, but I gave an effort of some sort. That afternoon, I got my jet lag hit and slept until I got the call form the company that I was not selected, which really did not faze me, but left me a couple of free days to discover Dubai.

China Food Court of the Ibn Battuta Mall
So I put my plan to work the next morning at 7 am, I hopped the hotel shuttle to the airport to the catch the Metro to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khaliffa. The Metro is like the rest of the city modern, clean and real friendly. The Dubai Mall is phenomenal with an aquarium, and three levels of shopping and entertainment, and works of art and displays of creative genius.

I was told the must see while in Dubai is the view from the 124th floor of the Burj Khaliffa. So this was my quest, after exploring the mall. I got into line when the office opened and was able to get a ticket at a cheap cost of 100 AED. The walk to the fastest elevator in the world was filled with the history behind the creative ideas and inspirations of the tower, along with a time-lapse display of the tower being built. The views from At the Top we breathe taking and to see all the growth of Dubai was really incredible. You are able to see 360 degrees from the tower and experience the heat from the 124th floor.

15 hours there in economy would have suck, and FREE was even better!

I walked around in the sweltering heat and seeing the growing of Dubai with the worker who was sweeping a huge area of a large walkway with a tiny broom. I jumped back on the Metro to the Mall of the Emirates with Ski Dubai, which is the indoor skiing facility in the desert. The mall has every high end store you can imagine. Not in my price range.

From the mall I walked to the Burj Al Arab   , which I do not ever recommend. I got to the Wild Widi which is the water park by the Burj Al Arab, but I could not get in without a reservation, oops. I walked to the Jurmeirah Mall, to find a cash machine and ended up in a huge maze of shops and could not find my way out for about 30 minutes, crazy.

I made my way to the beach area of… where I was later met by Mustaffa Kamaludin, who is a Couch Surfer in Dubai.

My crazy cab ride to my Interview, Oh Crap, that guy just Missed Us!
He is a Malaysian living in Dubai working for Mars Corporation, and is a great guy who showed me around Dubai, for which he has resided for three years. We had lunch back at the Jar Mall, and I snapped a few picks of the Burj Al. We drove to a few places along the coast and we spoke of the people and the Muslim religion for which he is as well. I began to understand more about the Arab nations the surround countries that make up the people of Dubai and the Middle East. 

We separated for a bit while Mustaffa, met up with friends to work out. We later went to dinner at the …Mall which is a Ibn Battuta Mall that is designed with different local cultures as the theme through the mall, China, Egypt, Persain, and many other cultures.

All-in-all my entire journey through Dubai was eye opening, mesmerizing, and very informative.

Ride in the cab cab after the interview, Damn jet lag is getting to me, time for bed at this point.
I came to Dubai with a preconceived notion that was thrown out quickly when I learned more first hand from locals and seeing things form myself. I still could not see myself living fulltime in Dubai, but it is a place I will visit again and tell others about it as a place to see. Dubai, reminds me a lot of Las Vegas, with a lot of money and the raw display of it just for show. Las Vegas for me is a place to visit but not live nor stay for long periods of time. I only spent a very short time in Dubai, but like what I saw and will be back again soon to see more and it interact with more people from all over the world. 

Thanks go out to my buddy Chris Carvelli living in Dubai, Mustaffa Kamaludin, and the Crews to and from Dubai on Emirate, and finally the people of Dubai.

Travelbuddys says:
To BAD!!! Rob, hope you have more luck with another job!!

See ya
D&J
Posted on: May 16, 2010
Sushidog says:
I did not get the job, I should have been more focused, but the job was not really for me. Dubai was my focus to see, and they were willing to send me out.
Posted on: May 15, 2010
Travelbuddys says:
did you get the job?
Posted on: May 15, 2010
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