Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My first taste of the Middle East



Never had the chance to visit this blogsite for a long time now. Have tons of work these past few weeks =)
Had the chance to visit Dubai last week. On board Emirates Airline flight to Dubai last 15 September, i was so excited and a little bit nervous becuase it was my first trip alone. I checked in early around 0930H at NiNoy AquiNo Int'l Airport 1. Was surprised when check-in agent advised me that I was confirmed in Business Class! hehe lucky me! It took me 9long hours from MNL to DXB. I arrived at Dubai around 530AM, dubai time (GMT +4). Was picked up by a pinoy hotel representative at the airport hotel lobby Ü Checked in at MovenPick Hotel Bur Dubai. Movenpick is a swiss-inspired hotel, staff were all friendly (majority are Filipinos..so ang tawag nila s akin..kabayan hehe).

I've met a lot of Filipinos in Dubai, specially at the City Centre shopping mall...para lang akong nasa Megamall! I need to find something for Janssen, thus i spent my last night going around City Centre toy stores. I was accompanied by my Pakistani and British friends Ali and Araf. We also had dinner together at the Hotel restaurant, this time with another friend of mine Mansi (she's from India but now she's working at Dubai).

It was a great experience for me. Had the chance to meet a lot of people from different nationalities Ü My flight back to Manila was 19Sept, 0320H. Checked in around 0100H. The duty free inside Sheik Rashid terminal was so beautiful. Based on several articles I read onboard my flight to dubai, this duty free is considered the best in the region. Was back in Manila 19Sept around 1730PM (GMT +8) Ü

Btw, this was an all-expenses paid trip! Ü