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Trip Report Short stop in Dubai on our way to Bangkok for a few days

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Last Fall I read a notice that said that Emirates Airways was adding several new cities to it’s American service, among them Boston. I registered on their site to begin receiving emails from them… Around Christmas one of these emails contained the announcement that Boston to Dubai and beyond service would commence on March 10, 2014. As Karen and I have long wanted to visit Dubai, probably as a stopover on our way to India or Thailand, I checked out prices being offered. They were offering an introductory offer of $891. (all in) to Dubai, and just a couple hundred more to continue on to Thailand. We talked about it that night over dinner and decided to book a 10 day trip commencing on March 11. We would enjoy 5 nights in Dubai and 5 nights in Bangkok.

Hotels are very expensive in Dubai. I of course began with a Marriott search of availability. They have several hotels as well as serviced apartments in Dubai. The Dubai Marriott Al Jaddaf caught my eye as it was slated to open in January. I booked 5 nights for 100,000 points (50,000 less than the other Marriotts). Now I just had to keep my fingers crossed that it would open on time---it did about 2 weeks late.
Bangkok was a cinch as we would return to the Anantara Riverside as we often do---already we have 9 nights scheduled there for October. We have planned a very simple stay for Bangkok—lots of pool time.

The Trip Advisor reviews have all been favorable on the Al Jaddaf thus far, so I am pleased with that. We will be anxious to see the progress at the Anantara on it’s new sister hotel and mini mall replacing the former underground garage and mall out front. Last fall it was a dirt lot that they had begun to dig in.

We have booked a 2 day hop-on, hop-off bus tour for Dubai for about $70 each. We plan to see the highlights that way and then return to specific places we may want to see more closely, like the spice and gold souks and probably the Dubai malls, one with it’s indoor snow ski trail.
I remembered also that our driver, Anoop, from our first India trip, now lives in Dubai, so I have contacted him and we have scheduled to spend Saturday together. He also insists on picking us up at the airport when we arrive, which is very nice. It will be fun to experience Dubai from the eyes of an ex-pat from another country.

Our flight on the 11th is at 2315 and we arrive in Dubai at 1930 on the 12th. We will leave my car at the Boston airport in the Thrifty lot while we are gone as this is such a short trip. The planes they use are Boeing 777 (Bos to D), the same one as is now being searched for in the Bay of Thailand. Just like the 747, it has 4 rows of two seats at the rear and we will be seated there with a big gap between the window seat and the window. The flight to Dubai is 12 hrs and 15 min and next Monday’s flight to Bangkok is another 5 hours and 50 min.

Updates will probably be made when we return as I am not taking my computer this time, although I may

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