Thursday 5 June & Friday 6 June 2014 – Start of my overseas trip

Peter and I left for the Canberra airport at 4.15. Checked in my 18 kgs of luggage and went through Immigration. Boarded my Emirates flight 5737 for Adelaide and left at 5.55. Arrived in Adelaide at 7.15.  Went through Immigration and then Customs before boarding Emirates Ek441 and left at 9.50.

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The flight was really smooth. Served a meal and then it was a 12 1/2 hours to DUBAI. We arrived there at 5.35am on the Friday.  Another lot of formalities before boarding Emirates EK73 for departure at 8.20.  Was another 6 1/2 hours until we arrived in PARIS Charles DeGaulle Airport.  Collected my luggage and waited for my transfer to Hotel Rue de Paix.  Had 3 stops for other passengers and finally got to my hotel about 5.00 as delayed because of an accident on the motorway.

I was quite tired as only catnaps on the flights so it was an early night.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 – 3rd and Last day in Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Home

Thursday, 27 June 2013 – 3rd and Last day in Abu Dhabi – Dubai- Home

Woke up quite early as already the day was quite warm. After breakfast we left the resort and was driven back to Abu Dhabi in the same 4 wheel drive that we had been over the sand dunes in – our super driver. Was a pretty good drive – once more passing most of the buildings I had seen before – some different when we branched off the road for Dubai.

As my plane wasn’t departing until later that night, I decided to go to Dubai – main reason  – just to see the tallest building in the world.  The easiest way was for me to take a taxi as the price was reasonable.  The drive is only about 2 – 2 1/2 hours depending on the traffic. The roads are so straight and very good for miles.

Dubai’s wealth came about by the discovery of oil. It is hard to imagine that little more than 50 years ago Dubai’s desert skyline was largely undiscovered. The late ruler of Dubai, His Royal Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum was very wise in his utilisation of the wishes created by the sudden discovery of oil. It allowed for the development of an economic and social infrastructure that is the basis of today’s modern s

We went straight down to the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. 

Bringing Burj Khalifa to life required a combination of visionary ideals and solid science. In the process, the project amassed an awe-inspiring number of facts, figures, and statistics.  It holds many World Records.  At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:      Tallest building in the world  – Tallest free-standing structure in the world  – Highest number of stories in the world – Highest occupied floor in the world – Highest outdoor observation deck in the world – Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and Tallest service elevator in the world.  It also boasts  – Tallest of the Supertall  – Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.My taxi driver let me out near the Dubai Mall as it was difficult for him to park and for me to easily find him. I went straight along to the Burj Khalifa – what an impressive building for sure and saw the lovely Dubai Fountain which shoots jets of water 150 m up.fountain
fountain 2 highestI could not go up into the building itself as it was all booked out until the evening. Think I saved my money as it was a very hazy day so even if one could have gone up, I don’t think you would have got a good view. Was happy enough just to say I have seen it. Had a quick look in the souvenir shop and then came out and found my patient driver and we headed back to Abu Dahbi.  I had a late lunch and then returned to my hotel and did my final packing and booked out of the hotel when my cab driver returned to take me to the airport.I did the usual formalities before boarding my Ethiad Flight EY0454 leaving at 2035. I managed to have some sleep on the plane and it was into Sydney now being Friday 29th at approximately 18.00.  By the time I cleared Customs it was time to board my Virgin Airline EY6829 leaving at 20.35 to arrive into Canberra at 21.35 but instead of that, the flights were suspended due to storms, so instead of arriving in Canberra I was now taking off. I arrived in Canberra nearly an hour later but there was Peter and Lauren faithfully waiting for me to drive me home.  I thought I would be tired and go straight to sleep – instead I was wide awake so unpacked and did a couple of loads of washing!!!!!!!!And that is the final chapter of just an amazing and exciting adventure of six weeks away from home. Now looking forward to seeing Robert, Tina, Alicia and Adrian and to get back to reality BUT to look forward to my next trip.