The word Dubai itself had impressed me as I had read a lot about it on the internet which is a renowned city in UAE. I was surprised to know that am gonna visit Dubai on a special occasion -My birthday, which was even more exciting. This trip was completely planned by my husband and it was the most wonderful trip ever. The excitement level was so high in me that I was literally counting days to depart. As I had a dream of being on top of Burj Khalifa and it’s gonna be true and my joy doubled when I understood we will be flying in world-class airlines Emirates, which is one of the top airlines in the world.
It was March 1st, 2017, we had a flight from Mumbai to Dubai at 10.25am. As we had to be in airport 3hrs before for an international departure, so we started from Pune at 3 am early morning. We had reached Mumbai International airport by 5.45am, but our check-in counters were not yet opened. We had a hot cup of coffee just before check-in. We waited for some time for the counters to get opened, within no time there was a big queue formed. We also had to go through the queue and get our baggage checked in. Now it was time for immigration. From our past experiences, we had spent more than 2hrs in immigration queue which was tiring. Fortunately this time it just took 2mins to clear the immigration. Ahh..we felt so lucky to have a day flight !!!
We had 2 more hours to depart. So we had to roam around in the airport to pass the time. But our favorite thing is to see taxied aircraft or it might be landing or a take-off. A small quiz would always happen between my husband and myself to guess the aircraft type. We both enjoy doing this and no doubt, he always wins as he is too crazy about aircraft. After all this, we had light breakfast in one of the restaurants and sat near our boarding gate. As we were nearing the boarding time, I could see the sun in the sky shining brightly and Mumbai was gearing up with its heat. At the same time, I got a thought about the heat which we would face in Dubai. This was my husband’s second visit to Dubai, so he had an experience of Dubai heat and he was mentally prepared for it. But there was a surprise for both of us. ????
We boarded our Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, everything looked clean, tidy & refreshing. My husband also had told me Emirates was the largest customer of Boeing 777 & Airbus A380. We got into our seats which were behind the wings and settled down. In-flight amenities were amazing. I could see some Kannada movies too in its channels which made me happy. It took off over the Arabian Sea from Mumbai and the 90% journey was over the sea. After some time, we were served with Indian cuisine veg meal. It was tasty and I enjoyed having it. A glimpse of it is below.