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HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
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South India: Gallery 36
A DUBAI STOPOVER
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Web Images: Dubai Airport and Dubai City

Dubai International Airport is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is also the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the 6th busiest cargo airport in world, the busiest hub for the Airbus A380, and the busiest airport in the world operating with two runways only. In 2015, DXB handled 78 million passengers, 2.51 million tonnes of cargo and registered 403,517 aircraft movements. The airport consists of three terminals and erminal 3 is the second largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world.


The Capital city Dubai is located on the northern coastline of the Emirate of Dubai and is the business hub of the Middle East. The emirate's Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai has been criticised for human rights violations concerning the city's largely South Asian workforce. Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East.



We flew Emirates Airlines from Kochi to Dubai -- excellent service. After landing, however, we boarded shuttle that took us across the tarmac to Terminal 3 -- the longest airport shuttle trip we have ever taken. The airport is huge. Despite warnings about long queues to pass through Customs we had no problem. The experience was made easier by our not having luggage to claim -- we had arranged for it to be carried from Kochi all the way through to Toronto. Unfortunately, Bill's backpack was rerouted to Frankfort and it didn't find its way home for a few days after our return. 

Our stopover in Dubai was to be about 12 hours so we had time to explore. After clearing customs we purchased Metro tickets from Terminal 3 to the Mall of the Emirates. The trains left every few minutes and the fare was only a couple dollars. The ride was comfortable and gave us a good chance to marvel at the spectacular buildings. 

Dubai Mall has more than 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton, a huge indoor waterfall, a luxury hotel, the biggest choreographed fountain in the world, a giant aquarium and more. The entrance to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (828m tall) is in the mall. The observation lounge was on the 148th floor but we decided that at US$145@ for the peak afternoon time it was too pricey to visit.

We strolled through the Mall and saw most of its attractions, looked around in a few shops and ate lunch in one of the food areas. Our visit to the food court coincided with hundreds of very noisy school kids. The cavernous size of the mall made their excited shouts and squeals almost deafening. Taking a break from the traditional food fare we took a chance on fast food at Burger King. Obviously catering to Middle Eastern and Indian religions, chicken was the base for nearly all the meat dishes on the menu: chicken burgers, chicken bacon, chicken salami, etc. 


DUBAI AIRPORT FROM THE AIR

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The endless shuttle ride from the aircraft to terminal 3
Then. . . riding the Metro into Dubai
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View of the airport from our Metro carriage

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The first of Dubai's spectacular buildings
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Approaching the Burj Khalifa Tower and Dubai Mall

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Arrival at the Metro station and taking the long skywalk to the mall
Dubai views from the skywalk
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Entering the Dubai Mall of the Emirates
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Our first meal in Dubai

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The Mall's massive aquarium
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Sue-On and friend in the queue for the Tower
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GALLERY 36
DUBAI STOPOVER :: ON TO HOME

1. Dubai Stopover :: 2. Dubai Mall  :: Outtak


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