Saturday, March 13, 2010
Dubai, day one at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
After an uneventful, but long flight (14 hrs+) on Emirates Airlines from Houston to Dubai, we (me and several other SATW Freelance Council members) arrived at the spectacular Dubai airport, almost Vegas-ish with the columns, glitz and luxury. Customs went smoothly enough before our transport to Burj Al Arab Jumeirah by Desert Adventures, the amazing destination management company.
After that, it was all about looking up. Dubai (United Arab Emirates) met and exceeded my expectations. I'd heard Dubai compared to Las Vegas and as the New York City of the Middle East, and all are true. We've all heard about the sky-scraping architecture, but seeing it is simply saying WOW. You look up and up and up and the top of these amazing buildings seemingly disappear into the clouds. Then the world's tallest building came into view, the Burj Khalifa tower, pushing straight to the sky, reminding me of my "religious" upbringing the Tower of Babel, the top floor stretched so far into the mist that I could barely see it tonight.
We didn't know that we would be staying at the most luxurious hotel in the world until we arrived. After a 14 hour flight, any room would almost do, but our hosts have been more than gracious, and all I can say is let my pictures do the speaking, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than I could have imagined.
My personal butler escorted me to room, and it took 15 minutes of instruction to grasp the magnitude of technology...click this button to open the curtains...to turn on the TV...to open the door...to turn on the lights. It was so overwhelming that I had no choice but to sample the bottle of Dom Perignon and taste the white chocolate dipped strawberries.
Tomorrow is an early day with a whirlwind tour of Dubai, but tonight, maybe I should enjoy my in-suite Jacuzzi?
Until next time, Diana