Sharjah Journals

Flying to the Middle East and back the long way

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A travel journal to Sharjah by dangaroo

Quote: A collection of airport reviews from a route I took - Berlin - Tel Aviv, Amman - Sharjah, Sharjah - Yerevan, Yerevan - Vienna, Vienna - Riga
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Jordan's main flight hub is Amman's Queen Alia International Airport - it is based 32km south of Amman and should cost no more than 15JD to reach, however, taxi drivers are known to try and charge 25JD upwards. Make sure you agree your price first and also try to have the correct money.If you are looking to travel towards India then Air Arabia flying via Sharjah in the UAE is an ideal option. Despite rumours, exit tax IS ALWAYS included in the price of the air fare from this airport. The airport has 2 terminals made up of 2 separate sections, arrivals and departures, the departure areas have very little in the way of entertainment or food and it's mainly just a gate into the departure loun...Read More
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Recently, I was supposed to fly from Yerevan in Armenia to Riga in Latvia but Air Baltic the company flying between the two destinations, closed the connection and they re-routed me via Vienna with the first leg of the journey being ran by Austrian Airlines.It didn't actually occur to me that this was happening until t he airport, firstly the Austrian Airlines staff at Yerevan airport were really quite helpful and their efforts can't be faulted. Whilst I waited in the new snazzy lounge at Zvartnots airport, I couldn't help but notice that the clientelle ont he plane looked a little bit classier than on a budget airline, considering I was knackered (flight left at 5.45 am - had been in the ...Read More

Riga International Airport

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Riga International is the largest airport in the Baltics and is owned by the Latvian government, they have 3 terminals, one for incoming Schengen flights, one for outgoing Schengen flights and one for None Schengen flights.I had the pleasure of flying to Riga International Airport from Glasgow Prestwick last year, after a rather uneventful flight we arrived in Riga International smoothly at around 10 pm. The walk from the tunnel leading from the aeroplane to the passport control was quite long for a small airport but the passports were checked quickly and our bags were already waiting for us.I was very impressed with the efficient service, I then headed outside where a friend o...Read More

Air Arabia

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Air Arabia was a company who I had been aware for a long time, even during their days as Sharjah Air. It hasn't been until this December that I finally got round to using them. I was a little bit disappointed with them at the beginning as they postponed my flight by 3 days between Sharjah and Yerevan, leaving me with 4 days in the Emirates, something that I couldn't really afford. An e-mail explaining that I'd be happier leaving Jordan at a later date, to avoid spending so long in Dubai was quickly replied to and the response was positive but from then onwards there was a bit of a mish mash of e-mails between us, leaving it almost up until the last minute to finally sort it out.This was pa...Read More

No Shaving in the Sink!

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First things first, on arrival customs seems incredibly straight forward - the airport is well laid-out and sign-posted and if you are just transferring they have a shortcut which avoids needing to even enter the UAE. The queues are well separated so that those who do not need visas can quickly get through without having to wait for others. As a UK citizen, I was allowed 30 days from arrival for free and I had been slightly worried due to getting an Israel stamp in my passport (quite a few muslim countries do not recognise Israel so this incurs the wrath of the border guard and you will be sent packing in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon as well as Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and most likely Libya, Algeria ...Read More

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dangaroo

dangaroo
Warsaw, Poland

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