We flew Emirates this time for our India travel. Sydney to Dubai was the worst flight I have ever traveled. Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines or even China Air will be best Airlines if compared to Emirates. For the 14 hours long flight, they only served breakfast & a pide!! Just imagine, checking in at 3.00 am early morning, catching a 6.00 am flight, eating breakfast at 9.00 am in flight & then lights are turned off & you have nothing to do just sleep or watch movies!! After 6-8 hours you will be served a small vegetarian pide with juice, tea or coffee & that’s all. I was starving like hell in the whole flight.(Or I eat way too much??)
We had 10 hours transit in Dubai. Hotel transfer, meals & accommodation were provided by Emirates. I had to get transit Visa as I am still an Indian passport holder while PK has Australian passport so it was easier for him to go out of the Airport. I must say Dubai Airport staff is one of the most unorganized staff I have ever seen!! You go at one counter to ask the process, they will send you to another counter.. Go to that counter they will ask you to go to another counter!! We wasted our one and half hour like that at Airport. I know people say Emirates is best airlines & Dubai Airport is one of the best but my experience was not good with both. Yeah, Airport was no doubt very beautiful but staff was very unorganized & irresponsible!!
Anyways.. We reached our hotel, threw our cabin luggage & went downstairs to have food. Again, food smelled exactly like Airplane meal, you just could not eat it!!
Then we hired Lexus with open roof, with a driver & went out to see the city. The infrastructure was amazingly beautiful. We went to see Dubai gold market, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai mall & dancing fountain there, all celebrity & king houses – they were simply spectacular. And then when we had only half an hour left, we went to the mall called Lulu mall & bought 2 TVs from there, Samsung LEDs, one 32 inch & another 40 inches, in half price than in India or Australia. We did paid extra to check them in at Airport but still they were cheaper!!
We boarded our flight from Dubai to Ahmedabad at the very end moment & reached our own country in about 2 hours. Coming out of the airport was very easy but we waited for our TVs to come out. We were surprised to see that every passenger had at least one TV purchased from Dubai. We paid duty to the customs manager on the airport, he said “Pay half of the money under the table if you don’t want to pay full, I won’t make a receipt for you!!” Corruption!!!
When we came out at the arrival gate, I was so delighted to see my Dad & my brother waiting for us with flowers bouquet. Gosh.. I am getting emotional just writing about this moment. I could see my small little brother has become so tall, he was feeling shy to even give me a hug, I could see my Dad looking bit old than I had seen him last. We seated in car and brother took out a bag that Mum had given him to open. I could see my small brother who was born back in 2000 has become so big that he was taking out Mum made Pav-Bhaji and salad for us in plates, gave napkin to both of us, Juice for me & cold drink to his Jiju(PK). I was telling him that even though he is big boy now he is still smaller than me & that I can take out the dinner myself but he just did not allowed me to do anything. I hugged him for 1000 times, chatted with him non-stop till we reach PK’s home!!
Yes, now that is the twist. We were to go at my place since MIL & PIL had stayed with us for 5 weeks but we went to drop their 40 inch LED at their home first so that they are happy that they got big gift & also they see us once, so that they don’t keep calling us to go at their place while we are at my home!! They were happy to see their TV, we had tea & left in about an hour. I was bit sad to see that MIL did not asked my brother to have something else because he does not drinks tea, perhaps she could have asked him to have some milk or something. It was 7.00 am in morning & poor child was traveling whole night to pick us up. I did not said anything otherwise MIL would have become upset that I am worried for my brother, she does not likes if I give importance to my family so we left like that. Were not even served a single biscuit with tea but it’s ok, I was more excited to reach my home rather than spoiling my mood.
Some pictures for you 🙂