“Lets just go and don’t come back for a while “, I heard her say one fine day,rather vehemently.
It was Nishtha,my lovely wife. I too, as a matter of fact, was bored to hell due to office ,meetings, note sheets,drafts blah blah blah and desperately wanted to wander out somewhere far off .As for Yuvi,the kiddo, well he was little small then to express his boredom but i felt that he too was showing languor in his own weird but cute way.And after a series of discussions and around 10-12 phone calls to travel agents ( failed attempt to get some freebies ) ,Dubai was finally zeroed in !!
We booked few months in advance and since this was our first foreign trip, so we felt goosebumps way too often resulting into non-sense celebrations for the event called ‘Dubai Vacations’ at least 3-4 times during waiting months.
You know ,as an Indian , the thing that gives us an extreme high is telling our relatives & friends that hey, we are going to foreign for vacations and they all be like ‘ waaaooooo man, Great ,God has bestowed everything on you dude ,its your time man,enjoy ! ….For a minute ,you wonder that Well fellows , we haven’t found life on mars ,we are just going on vacations.And the best part is, at least half of these dear relatives & friends wish that you miss your flight on the D Day 🙂
Anyways, amidst all the hue & cry ,we reached the airport ,super excited & super charged up .We collected our boarding passes and straightway did our photo session .
Then came the final announcement for departure from New Delhi Airport to Dubai and we were all set to go. Yuvi in particular was having a blast.
As we ventured out of the flight after landing at Dubai, we were guided by a number of conveyors to another set of conveyors and the process continued but we had no issues as the Dubai airport in itself is a marvelous infrastructural beauty (You see, civil engineer inside me takes over sometimes).
Finally, we reached at a point at Emirates terminal from where Dubai metro took us to Immigration & baggage collection counter whereby we were given special priority and were called out of que as we had little kid with us.All of sudden, yuvi appeared to as as super important and love deserving child .
But I must underline the fact that the hospitality shown by whole of the Dubai is par excellence and worth really appreciating,especially if you are accompanied by family .
Finally we reached pick up point at airport exit,but as anticipated out of anxiety (it was our first foreign trip guys, I told you) , no body was there to pick us up.We waited for few minutes when a familiar sound in our very own national language Hindi reached us ” Rahul bhai, aayie ” (Rahul ,please come).As we turned , a slim man in his 40s probably, was smiling at us.He was Wasim from Pakistan but his words in our mother tongue eased the distress in a foreign land and made us all feel really good.
And then ,as we sat in the traveler and left for our hotel , we saw the first glimpses of Oh so beautiful DUBAI from window and my god,its incredible ,breathtaking & spectacular,really can’t put that magical moment into words.Those majestic sky scrapers combined with dazzling lights on the either side of road leave you awestruck.And then the window of our traveler displays the extraordinary sight of Dubai’s Pride ,The Burj Khalifa.We didn’t bat an eyelid for few seconds. Yuvi was like,”Papa, where are we ?” .” In the middle of some paradise “, I whooped with my eyes wide open.
Eventually, we reached our Hotel – Corp Executive Al Khoory Hotel on Al Wasl road and it looked wonderful.
More about the hotel ,what all followed thereafter , along with tips & tricks for smart shopping and travelling ,in my next write up -> The Dubai – Chapter 2- in & out of Dubai.
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