London to Dubai
We woke ahead of our alarm and quietly dressed and dragged our cases downstairs. We had no way of knowing if they were under or over the 30Kg limit on the Emirates flight. We woke Bronwyn and said our goodbyes. Our taxi arrived on time at 6.20 am and we loaded up and headed for Heathrow Terminal 3.
Bronwyn had done web check in for us and printed our boarding passes. That saved us some time and allowed us to arrive at the airport later. Fortunately our cases were under the limit. We had some light breakfast at the airport and went to the gate to await our departure.
We left about 15 minutes late but as is often the case the pilot found a short cut and made up the time. We landed about 10 minutes early. Ian watched a movie and then listened to some music and watched out the window. For the latter part of the flight (post movie) we tracked over Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf. For all of that time you could see that the wind had raised dust into the air from the deserts. At times it was so dusty you could not see the ground at all.
In Dubai it was still dusty with visibility reduced to less than a kilometre. We caught a taxi to our hotel. The airport is just north of the city centre and we were staying at the Pullman Hotel attached to the Emirates Mall which is south of the city. On the way we passed the newly completed tallest building on the world. It was approaching dusk and with all the dust in the air it was darker than it should have been. The tower was impressively lit up and temporarily brightened the gloom.
After checking in we wandered into the mall for a light dinner and to look around. This was a Friday and shops are open to midnight Thursday to Sunday and to 10 pm for the rest of the week. The mall was busy and seemed to get busier as the evening progressed. We covered a bit less than half the mall in 2 hours by which time Ian had had enough. Darlene reluctantly accompanied him back to the room for some rest.