My First and Not Last Trip to Dubai, UAE
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.