Dubai Journals

Geting there: Dubai

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A June 2010 trip to Dubai by MagdaDH_AlexH

Burj Khalifa + shoes Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates More Photos
Quote: How we travelled to and from Australia
On board Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Emirates is a Dubai-based airline which is a major player in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceania while connecting Europe and the Americas to Asia and environs via their massive hub in Dubai. We used Emirates as our long-haul carrier during our six-month family trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2010. The traveling party included two adults and two children aged four and nine, all with quite a lot of previous experience of flying, but with relatively little long-haul experience apart from a ThomasCook flight to Canada from the UK. This meant our comparison was mostly with European short-haul scheduled and budget airlines. We flew from Glasgow to Brisbane via Dubai (with...Read More

Dubai International Airport

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Attraction | "Hub of the Old World"

The airport Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai Airport is a huge regional hub, mostly due to its use by the Emirates airline, connecting destinations in the Middle East, South and South East Asia, Oceania and parts of Africa to Europe and Americas. It is also something of a showcase for this most confident and most glittering of the Emirates, an icon of profligate shopping and building that borders on (if not exceeds) arrogant. Dubai has artificial islands (one of them looking like the world – from air, anyway), ski-slope in the middle of the desert, seven-star hotels, the highest building in the world (looking quite a bit like the tower of Babel). It also has the most opulent airport that I have ever had a chance to visit. ...Read More

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Dubai International Airport

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

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Hotel | "Great for families on a Dubai Airport stopover"

Premier Inn Dubai International Airport Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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We stopped in Dubai for one night during our flight from Glasgow to Brisbane, just to get ease the time zone change. I was worried that it would be difficult to find a cheap hotel in a place known for opulent excess of commercial nature, but in fact there was plenty of options. We chose Premier Inn because it offered free shuttle to and from the airport 24 hours a day and family rooms at the same rate as other rooms. We weren't after an "experience" but practicalities, and thus a budget network hotel seemed like a reasonable option – and at a price that worked out as something around 65 GBP at that time, it seemed like a good value. And it was.The shuttle was a mini-bus and too...Read More

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Premier Inn Dubai International Airport
52B Street
Dubai, Dubai 35118

Dubai in one jet lagged day

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The airport Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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We travelled through Asia on the way to Australia and New Zealand in 2010, and our first and only experience of Asia was a short stopover in Dubai: but I have to tell you, this was enough to make me feel that we shouldn't skip this vast continent, full of cultures, landscapes, peoples and climates, languages and cuisines to go – where? - to Australia??? A parochial Little Britain on the Indian Ocean? What were we thinking about! We arrived in the middle of the night, dazed after a long flight from Glasgow, and the Dubai airport was ablaze: white, possibly marble columns covered with what appeared like glitter, and (this time for sure) marble on the floors, everywhere.Airport of...Read More

Dragon Mart

Attraction | "Chinese Market"

Who works in Dubai? Behind the Dragon Mart Photo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dragon Mart, or the Chinese Market, was conceived as an exhibition, wholesale and retail space for Chinese goods. It is, apparently, the "the largest trading hub for products from China outside the Chinese mainland" and it is not only adorned with a dragon at the front, but also dragon-shaped itself (but you can only see it from above).For the casual visitor, the Market has showrooms and stores of all kinds, restaurants, fast food outlets and cafes as well as warehouses. It is, essentially, a low-level, long (over 1km long in fact) shopping mall full of Chinese stuff of all kinds, from electronics to textiles. I was not there to shop, so can't really comment but prices seemed low while qua...Read More

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Dragon Mart

Dubai, Dubai