Travel

I’m going to Dubai for a couple of days and won’t be back in Paris until late Monday night. Don’t expect any posts until Tuesday. I’ll be cheering on France in the World Cup final, but won’t be unhappy if Croatia win.

Have a nice weekend.

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  1. Dubai in summer I am sure that you must have a good reason. Enjoy your trip anyhow.

    I normally wouldn’t travel to the Mideast in summer but I have some unavoidable appointmmemts that have forced me to come to Doha and I am here now and also going to Kuwaiit for site visits. It’s just too bloody hot for me up here.

    Will do my best to avoid those mad Friday afternoon booze up sessions that the expats indulge in up here. Fat chance.

    Mad dogs and Englishmen and all that!

  2. What did you like about it?

    I have only been once but did not warm to the place at all. Vile climate, terrible traffic, expensive booze, expensive everything in fact. Some good hotels and I did go to a great nightclub with a massive open-air dancefloor.

    The people-watching is good, I have to admit; Dubai seems to attract a wide selection of the world’s dodgiest. And what looked like top-notch hookers for those with the inclination and budget.

    I would like to go back though, to see the completed Burj Khalifa.

  3. “What did you like about it?”

    I was only there four days (on my way to Auckland) but I just loved it…

    The people were lovely (although the only local we came into contact with checked our passports when we arrived), taxis were cheap and fast – I loved the driving!

    The climate was not really an issue – it has been >35 here for weeks and humid so I am used to that. Food and booze expensive but we expected that – ‘Stralia and NZ were not cheap either.

    Hotel was fab (business district).

    Then we mostly did tourist stuff, shopping mall, up the Burj Khalifa, fountains… I did the zip ride at the marina… and then the Van Gogh Alive exhibition to finish it all off…

    I’d love to go back, I bet it looked different the day after we left – they have cornered the world market in cranes!

  4. Moved to dubai with work in 2006 and still living there 12 years later.

    Would have volunteered to meet up and take you out for a few beers, 12 hour boozy brunch or even a visit to the pubic triangle if that’s your thing.
    However, have just landed back in Scotland for a few weeks to escape the summer heat.

    45’c when I left yesterday………..enjoy!

  5. Dubai in summer I am sure that you must have a good reason.

    Yeah, I used to live here so I know what it’s like. And yeah, I’d forgotten what the heat was like, it hit me hard when I was stood out in it for a few minutes. I’m basically breaking the economy-class journey between Phuket and Paris by staying with a mate from Mackay and his wife, who I knew from Sakhalin. It’s always good to meet up with old friends when you can, even if it’s just for a day or two.

    I am here now and also going to Kuwaiit for site visits. It’s just too bloody hot for me up here.

    Heh, I know what Kuwait summers are like an’ all!

    Enjoy your trip anyhow.

    Thanks, mate!

  6. Dubai seems to attract a wide selection of the world’s dodgiest.

    Yes.

    I would like to go back though, to see the completed Burj Khalifa.

    It’s enormous, but less impressive than it should be thanks to the forest of 300m+ towers that are also in Dubai. The Shard in London looks as tall, but would not even be in the top ten towers in Dubai. The Eiffel tower still looks tall, even though it’s really not.

  7. Would have volunteered to meet up and take you out for a few beers, 12 hour boozy brunch or even a visit to the pubic triangle if that’s your thing.

    Heh. I’d have taken you up on part of that. 😉

  8. “I’m basically breaking the economy-class journey between Phuket and Paris by staying with a mate”

    Yes, that makes sense since I started going to Dubai I have always recommended it is a great location to take a break from a long haul flight particularly say from Aus to UK. As others have said there are some very good aspects to Dubai, it is also a great spot for a short family holiday as well, say stay at the Atlantis or similar.

    I normally fly Emirates and go through Dubai frequently but flying to Doha is now very tricky with the Qatari embargo so no Emirates and a round trip ticket for me from Brisbane including Hong Kong with Qantas was AUS $17,000 with Qatar Airways getting $13.5K of that, this embargo would have to be an upside for them charging prices at a take it or leave it basis.

  9. Just got back to my hotel with the gaffer to watch the game only to find out that it is being screened live, in the beer garden. Too hot, so I will be down there with my tee shirt, jocks that look like shorts and those white bathroom type sandal things that you get in your hotel room!

  10. @Bardon . I fly through Doha to get to Singapore. The prices for flights are volatile. Business class from London can be rammed or empty. Business class to Singapore the same. I fly at the back but keep asking to upgrade and use my bloody useless qpoints, and the answer is always no, even when it’s empty. How the airline makes money with the new planes they have and the prices I don’t know. Beats BA though by a mile.

  11. Absolutely.

    Whenever I have flown long haul flights by QA I have found them to be so so but not so on price. Emirates is far more competitive for business class and a far higher level of aircraft and service, their lounges I would say are the best, plus Emirates do upgrade you to first if you are a frequent flyer and they have some spots available, I have been upgraded on numerous occasions. I don’t know of any other airline that does that. First class mind you on most airlines is a dying relic.

    I actually fly a bit between Brisbane and Singapore and I go business class with Singapore Airlines, whilst okay not a patch on Emirates.

    BA yes what a chav airline they have become.

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