Published: July 3rd 2010July 2nd 2010
What can I say... after 14 hours and 40 minutes*, all I could think of was a bed. However, before I managed leaving the airport, I had to find out myself about 2 other places I had to stop by before I was okay for immigration. Done that, hotel shuttle found, checked in at hotel, planned a two-hour tour, grabbed some water at the coffee shop and bought some postcards: I was ready to find my room. :)
I got about 4 hours sleep (since I didn't manage to sleep on the plane) and at quarter to six, I was at the hotel lobby waiting for Alexandel (colleague at work) and the tour guide. I was a bit anxious about the tour since I wasn't sure I'd see much in 2 hours only.
Surprise, surprise, the driver turned out to be excellent tour guide and fun. I gotta tell you that one of the majors surprises I had was also to deal with the high temperature there: 35 Celsius degrees. Not that I haven't experienced it before but it was only six o'clock in the morning! I was shocked when I learned that it can get up to 50
C degrees!!! When I stepped on the warm sand of Jumeira beach, I found it pleasant temperature. However the water was warm... warm like I could never expect sea water to be like.
What can I say, Dubai really suprised me with it's amazing architecture, clean streets and boiling hot temperatures: I could definetely go back there (having in mind I'd need to save considerable ammount of money) and live it up! :)
As soon as I got back to the hotel, I had the chance to shower, have breakfast and get ready to head back to the airport once again... this time to Bangalore!!!!
* PS: Flying Emirates Boeing 777 rocks! Best onboard service ever! Considering there's always room for improvements: Dear Emirates, please make more room for my buns in your Economy class seats. I could only envy the Business and First Class folks. :)
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