The start of a new adventure and a ‘new’ country for us visit! I woke up with nervous excitement but having everything packed and ready was able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at home before setting off.
We had booked an evening flight from Manchester which meant I could travel into the city and spend the afternoon there. Unfortunately, it was a cold, damp day and I didn’t really feel like wheeling my luggage round the shops so opted for a cosy cafe instead before heading off to Piccadilly station for the train out to the airport, the journey taking only 20 minutes. Here I met up with my travelling companion for our Asian adventure!
Our flight with Emirates was scheduled to depart from Terminal One. Check in was already open when we arrived but there wasn’t a queue so it only took a few minutes. Being a Thursday evening the airport was very quiet with very short waits at both security and border control.
Formalities out of the way, we enjoyed a pot of tea in one of the airside cafes before boarding our flight to Dubai. We’d chosen seats in economy class on the upper deck of the A380 airliner as there is no longer any first class on this aircraft, an airbridge took us directly to this level. We were seated by the window at the very front of the aircraft and the configuration being 2-4-2 meant that we didn’t have another passenger next to us. Being on the upper deck the windows slope down steeply resulting in window tables with extra storage cupboards below and more space.
The flght departed promptly at 21.20 and dinner was served approximately 90 minutes into the flight.
Following this, we settled down with a glass of wine to watch some films on the Emirates ‘ICE’ entertainment system which is one of the best I have used, the A380’s having large seat back screens. I started off with ‘Brooklyn’ which I’d been wanting to see for awhile and thoroughly enjoyed, then moved on to ‘The Dressmaker’ with Kate Winslet, a film I thought I would like but didn’t, perhaps because I was tired, so gave up on that after 30 minutes.
Prior to landing in Dubai hot drinks and a chocolate bar were served, I’m always ready for a sweet treat! We landed in Dubai airport at 7.30 am local time, the journey taking around seven hours. Time to stretch our legs before our next flight.