Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
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Next, we headed for the airport, stopping briefly at a nice shopping center for lunch.
I'm sorry Egypt, but Cairo airport has to be the stupidest, most inefficient airport I've ever been to:
- You can't drive up to it - you have to get out & walk for ages
- They scan your luggage at the entrance to the airport, then you walk 50m inside the building & they scan it again.
- You then go through ...
... the hotel in size, but also in over-the-top extravagant bling-ness. Take that Dubai – we’ll show you who’s boss around here!! As it’s Friday, we aren’t able to go into the snow-white Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s new Grand Mosque which can accommodate 40,000 worshippers and who’s other claim to the extravagance crown, is the world’s largest Persian carpet which “took 2000 craftsmen ...
... so back to the parking bay. The problem with delays on the ground on these really long flights (14 hours) is that you are cooped up in the plane even longer!! We eventually got underway nearly three hours behind schedule. Of course that put into doubt our Syd - HB connecting flight, the only direct flight for the whole day. A flt via Brisbane, making the journey even longer seemed on the cards. However by some magic we made ...
... only airport in the world that does not have any form of transport connecting it's terminals that are not within walking distance. I am forced to pay for a taxi which of course takes the long way round. It probably would have been better to just take a taxi to my hotel. Staying in Deira it is not very far from the airport and after later looking at a map Terminals 1 and 3 are so far away they might as well be a completely different airport. I finally arrive at my hotel and I ...
Brunch...a prestigious Friday tradition here in Dubai, an extravagent weekly event which is so much more about the booze than the food. Locals, socialites and food snobs alike will mention The Atlantis hosts THE creme de la creme (or 'best of the brunch'). The nautical-themed pink palace that calls itself The Atlantis homes around 1,500 rooms which have evolved into hotel rooms, restaurants, ...