After my long plane ride to Dubai, I was told I could easily take the Metro from the airport to my hotel. I used the free wifi in the airport to see if that was true and to make sure I knew where I knew where I was going. By the way, I’ve found that Google Maps has done a really good job with metros/subways these days. I checked out the map and it definitely looked easy. So, I decided to be brave and try the metro to my hotel.
Before hitting the metro, I had to pass through immigration which was actually quite easy. I’m also now registered for quick entry into Dubai. Next time I go (in August) I’ll be able to just scan my passport and not have to wait in line at all. That will be nice. Although, I think I’ll have Kristine, so I’ll probably have to wait for her. I’m told the lines at immigration in Dubai can be hit or miss on how long you wait. It was pretty fast for me.
Luckily I was able to go with all checked luggage so I followed the signs to the metro. There was a nice information booth where I could buy a ticket and ask which metro I needed to take. Of course, I learned that they didn’t take American Express and so I had to use my Visa debit card which I think charged me an international fee. Lesson learned. There were a bunch of places that didn’t take American Express. I should have known that Visa is everywhere you want to be.
The metro was about the easiest metro I’ve ever done and I’ve done them in NYC, Chicago and all over Italy. All the signs were in Arabic and English, so there were no issues with reading any of the signs. It was super simple and I felt really safe. Here’s a picture of the Dubai metro station from my hotel room:
The trip on the metro to my hotel and once I was in my hotel, I would have thought I was in any big city in the US like Chicago or New York. There were a lot of really big buildings and the hotel was just like any hotel you’d find anywhere else as far as amenities. Luckily, it was a nice hotel and it only cost me like $50 a night. Of course, I was there in the hot season they tell me. Here’s some pictures from my hotel room and the street in front of my hotel:
Speaking of which, it was definitely hot. After getting to my hotel I went searching for food at about 10 PM and it was still really hot. On the edge of sweating hot at 10 PM. Pretty crazy. You’d think I’d be use to it in Las Vegas, but even Vegas doesn’t get that hot.
I walked up and down the main street in front of my hotel searching for food. There was a wide variety of food and I’m a picky eater. So, I thought I wouldn’t tempt fate that first night and I just wanted to get something quick before I went to bed. I finally chose to get some pasta and breadsticks from Pizza Hut. I figured that would be safe.
Boy was I wrong. The pasta was awful and the breadsticks were almost ok, but there was just something that wasn’t quite right. I was disappointed, but the breadsticks got me through the night.
The funny story about Pizza Hut though was that I texted the Crash Wife that the Pizza Hut had like a 24 page menu. I didn’t note that it had about 3 items on each page, but the menu was thick. I guess she told Crash Kid #1 about it and so now when anyone asks me about Dubai and he’s around he quickly informs them that the Pizza Hut had a 24 page menu. It’s always funny to see what kids glob onto.
That was night one in Dubai. I honestly felt like I could have been in any big city. I thought it would be much different, but I found that it felt almost the same. That was a surprise for me.
Next up is what I call Dubai Honolulu and Dubai Las Vegas.