Burj Khalifa, shopping malls and sand dunes, 24 hrs in Dubai

Mar 18, 13 Burj Khalifa, shopping malls and sand dunes, 24 hrs in Dubai

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Shooting up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, it takes less then a minute to go from sea level to the 124th observatory floor of the building. That’s about 10 metres a second but the ride is so smooth, the only thing you notice is a slight popping of your ears. When you think about it, it is a bit scary, I mean that is a loooooong cable pulling you up and back down again. I was on my way to Adelaide with Emirates Airlines and to make the journey a bit less “jet laggy”, I had a 24 hour layover in Dubai. That was the idea but there was so much to do and see in 24 hrs that I really didn’t get a chance to relax… First off was a trip to The Address, one of the mega-malls in Dubai that houses the entrance to the Burj Khalifa. Someone told me that going to the top of the Burj is on many peoples’ bucket lists but seeing as I’m a bit afraid of heights, I was a bit apprehensive going to the top but once I got there, the views were so amazing, I spent an hour wandering around the observatory decks both indoors and outdoors. Luckily, it was a fairly clear day although it was a bit hazy in the distance. Stepping off the elevator, a few steps in front of you, is the door to the open deck. However, for ‘fraidy cats like me, I could edge around the interior walls of the building before screwing up my courage to step outside. And what a lovely day it was, being up 800 metres with the sun beaming down and a warm desert breeze blowing through the open slats that were about at shoulder height. I would love to be up there in the evening, that much closer to the stars, I imagine. Inside, the walls are floor to ceiling windows with interactive telescopes situated at various intervals, giving you...

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Flying on the Emirates A380 to Adelaide, Australia

Mar 12, 13 Flying on the Emirates A380 to Adelaide, Australia

Posted by in Australia, Travel

My recent trip to Adelaide was great but it was even better by the fact that I flew with Emirates Airlines. Emirates recently started flights from London to Adelaide via Dubai and I was invited to see just how nice it is to fly with Emirates. I got to the airport early (!) so I was able to hang out in the Business Class Lounge at Heathrow before boarding. Nothing like a nice open champagne/wine bar to start off the trip. Once seated in my cozy little demi cabin, the flight attendants came round with Veuve Clicquot 2004. I was flying on the A380 to Dubai enroute to Adelaide and if you haven’t been on an A380 yet, I’d highly recommend it. Take off and landing are so smooth on the A380 that it’s hardly noticeable, it it weren’t for the fasten seatbelt signs, it’d be hard to tell. Business Class on the A380 is lush. Lots of leg room, mini bar, huge tv screen, seats that lay flat at the push of a button and plenty of counter space even, next to your personal mini bar. I should also mention that Business Class also has a full on bar at the rear of the compartment, complete with bar snacks of olives, nuts and finger sandwiches all laid out for you to munch on, complimentary of course. And they even have a little happy hour, putting out chips and salsa in mid-flight. I went back there to hang out for a bit and seriously, it’s easy to forget your on an airplane, once they pull the curtains closed. The only tip off are the seatbelts on the lounge benches that I suppose they have to have in case of turbulence. I have to say the flight attendants, who double as bartenders, make some mean Manhattans (in a good way)! From Dubai to Adelaide we switched to the Boeing 777. The level of service doesn’t dip though and Business Class is just as nice although...

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