Monday, March 09, 2009

Fantastic Architecture of Dubai Airport

I arrived via Emirates Airlines at Dubai International Airport around 5.20am (Dubai time). Didn't really sleep in the plane and managed to watch three movies during the seven hours flight: Quantum of Solace, Slumdog Millionaire and Bangkok Dangerous.

At last I'm catching up with the movies.

The Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 has been put into maximum usage already and it's really huge. The place is new and looked so clean. The interior design was nicely done and it stood out giving a first hand good impression to travellers.

This particular terminal is fully dedicated to serving only the Emirates Airlines and bearing in mind that it was built to cater for the large double decker Airbus A380 plane.

The long walk to the exit door from the customs or immigration checkpoint. Things didn't start smoothly on my arrival. Was supposed to board a bus provided by the hotel but missed it.

That was due to my stomach upset ....... had been eating too much along the way from KL itself. Digestion came too early. Never mind about the bus and went to relieve myself and found myself missing the bus.

Had to wait for another twenty minutes for the same bus (or another bus) to turn around. The Millenium Airport Hotel gave me a room on the 2nd floor but it was the end of the hotel wing. A good solid one minute walk from the lift. With my long legs and walking speed, it's considered very far. Now, good thing I relieved myself earlier. Never regretted that long wait for the bus.

By the time I got myself settled down in the room, it was already past 6am and I decided not to go anywhere in the morning and stayed in to sleep till 12 noon. Went downstairs for a good buffet lunch before joining another colleague of mine for our trip to Sudan.

Funny that the office booked the two of us into two different flights on the same morning. His flight departed at 12.30am and mine departed at 2.10am. There's only one flight to Sudan per day so we definitely will meet at this hotel. After our lunch, we hopped into our hotel bus to go to the airport for our connecting flight to Sudan, scheduled to depart at 3pm.

As we alighted from the hotel bus, I saw this ambulance that looks like one of those that I saw in the USA movies. Similar built.

Nice architecture design seen at the outside of the Dubai International Airport. Now, that's not the airport.

The main entrance of the airport with its superb curved in roof.
That part of the building is the part of the Dubai Light Rail system. This is one of the stops for people to alight at the airport.

Surprisingly, the winter is still hovering around Dubai. During the early morning, I could feel the cold air (17 degree celcius) and during noon time, you don't really feel the heat (25 degree celcius) at all as cool wind was blowing against your face.

That's the Dubai Police car, Toyota Prado!

The well covered escalator area for travellers coming from the monorail station to / from the main airport building.

What more can I say about its architecture design ............. more facts here. With this new Terminal 3, I can see that this airport will just win more awards.
Tags: Emirates Airlines, Dubai International Airport, Quantum of Solace, Slumdog Millionaire, Bangkok Dangerous, Dubai Light Rail, Dubai Metro Project, Millenium Airport Hotel Dubai, Dubai Police

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14 Comments:

OpenID sjtl said...

Hope you'll have fun and be safe whenever you travel^^

09 March, 2009 05:30  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

Nice. I'm sure it is better than KLIA

09 March, 2009 09:33  
Blogger foongpc said...

I think the airport looks very nice and majestic! Everything just looks expensive in Dubai!

09 March, 2009 15:10  
Blogger Ai Shiang said...

Impressive building. Is the train system ready yet?

09 March, 2009 15:40  
Blogger Harogenki said...

Woo, looks very magnificent.

09 March, 2009 16:31  
Blogger kenneth ling said...

miss the trips.......

09 March, 2009 19:21  
Blogger bokjae said...

Hi Johnny, can we exchange links? I am trying to connect with bloggers on similar topics such as life experiences! Thanks!

My url is http://jangbokjae.com

09 March, 2009 19:41  
Blogger Kev said...

People say "Money Talks", and this is evident in Saudi especially in large cities like Riyadh and Dubai. The buildings are modern, the facilities are top notch. Why not? They could afford the most unthinkable luxuries in life like living in a room laced in pure gold and owning a few high-speed race cars. As long as oil is in production, they'll continue to be rich...

09 March, 2009 19:51  
Blogger jeremytuah said...

It is always my dream to visit Dubai.. i guess i hv to wait till ????? (*sigh).. Visiting ur blog was never enough.. huuhuuhu..

09 March, 2009 20:06  
Anonymous twenty-six said...

damn..state of the art..lucky you to be there :p

10 March, 2009 11:01  
Blogger LEon said...

Dubai is a happening place now.

13 March, 2009 14:08  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

sjtl - thks. will do so wherever

borneo - of course

foong - no idea but definitely not cheap at all

ai shiang - the train system still under construction

harogenki - oh yes, indeed!

kenneth - hehehe .... find anor company that is somewhere in this region

bokjae - yeah, why not

kev - oh yes, the oil production has really helped this region to prosper really well

jeremy - hahaha, just get an air ticket and visit this place once and for all

26 - blessed to be here

leon - oh yes, cldn't agree more

26 March, 2009 06:23  
Blogger Robin de Bean said...

i am going there too this july
cant wait!!
btw, how was the food there?
good?

31 March, 2009 23:38  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

robin - international food available everywhere haha. since u'll be in dubai, just try the local food as it is quite ok too

01 April, 2009 03:12  

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