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Today was dedicated entirely to Etihad Airlines which is one of region's leading carriers. We caught an early ride to Abu Dhabi to its Headquarters which was a complex of two main buildings; a Training Centre and an office building. Milica was our host for the day and she jump-started the presentation with few interesting facts:
- Etihad is only 12 years old and has reached a passenger capacity of 20 million in such short time which is not achieved by any other airlines in ...
... heading off on our Arabian Safari into the desert. After some 4 wheel driving and sunset photo taking atop the dunes we headed off for an evening of wine, belly dancing, camel riding and delicious local cuisine. Travelling a good hour or so back into the city, we unfolded ouselves out of the very back of the 4 wheel drive - yes all you tall people, count yourselves ...
... near the end of the exhibits we saw the massive crocodile in person. It was bigger than we could have imagined but not that exciting after the shock of his size wore off since he just laid perfectly still the whole time we were there. After the King Croc we got to walk through the tunnel portion of the aquarium which was very cool, although not unlike others that we have both been through. The number of sharks and stingrays that were swimming by was really impressive ...
... Control. Only 2 staff were on in this area.
Then at Terminal 3 had to work out where to find the shuttle to the Premier Inn Dubai International Airport hotel which eventually came. By now it was an hour after touch down and oh how that bed awaited me.
... t help wondering who they were selling them to, given that this is Dubai's winter and it's better than our summer.
The thing that surprised us most on this outing was that there were men everywhere, but practically no women. It definitely wasn't a tourist area and we stuck out.
We had a meeting at noon with a tour rep and arranged a city tour for to tomorrow. After that we walked again in the opposite direction along ...