Our Emirates flight departs Istanbul Ataturk at 4:30 p.m. for Dubai. This is our 2nd time visiting Dubai but the 1st disembarking at Dubai airport itself. Previously we had landed in Abu Dhabi and then taken a courtesy bus to Dubai.
This is the new Dubai airport and similar to any other major airport, it’s huge and spacious thus making it comfortable to walk around or window shop. As expected with a new building, Dubai airport was glittering from floor to the metal panels.
Upon arrival, we had to take a shuttle train to the arrival concourse. Immigration was quick but we had to wait for some time for our baggage at the carousel. One word of caution, the baggage trolley retains static electricity and at certain times you can actually hear a ‘buzz’ when you touch the trolley’s metal parts. When this happens, you’ll feel a biting sensation to your hands. This happens both at arrival and departure.
Shuttle train at Dubai airport.
The spacious and un-crowded Dubai Airport.
Dubai Airport. The glittering floor and metal penal.
Sort of futuristic elevators.
Dubai airport duty-free shops.
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Useful Dubai metro route. Click to enlarge. Credit : discover-dubai.ae
We arrived at Dubai International airport T3 at 9:45 p.m. and thereafter took the metro to Al Fahidi station where our hotel, Regal Plaza is just in-front of it. We had stayed here before and due to the proximity of Al Fahidi to the hotel which is literally steps away is why we stayed here again. As we have known the hotel has a disco, we have booked on higher floor, 6th and above is alright. We were given room 702 and to our amazement, this room is B-I-G. Since we have been on the road for more than three weeks, being very tired and Dubai is our last leg, this room is god sent.
The cocoon shaped Al Fahidi metro station in-front of Regal Plaza hotel.
Dubai wasn’t initially in our itinerary. Since Emirates offers the best flight deal for our Europe trip, Dubai then became a two nights stop over. This is because wife wanted to buy silk for the coming Eid festival in July. Since we’ve been to Dubai before, we headed straight to Naif Souq and the vicinity as this is the place to find silk and abaya. From Al Fahidi station we took the metro to Baniyas Square and walked over to Naif Souq. To our surprise, it was jammed packed today with locals probably because it’s Saturday.
Metro to Baniyas Square via Etisalat.
Baniyas metro to Naif Souq.
Baniyas Square metro station.
Vicinity of Baniyas Square.
Naif Souq, two floors of Abaya.
Outside the souq, you’ll find Anas Cafeteria. They serve inexpensive and delicious meals which we recommend you to try. Seating may however be a problem as there are lots of customers. Just be a little patience, they’ll get seats for you once available.
Exterior of Naif Souq. Anas cafeteria is the blue umbrellas.
Try a delicious meal at Anas open air cafeteria in-front of Naif Souq.