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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2013, 03:13:49 PM »
I Was in Dubai several Months ago for Shabos, KTM- Big Stopover in AUH-JFK Etihad First Class Suites using AA 90K, AUH Arrivals I was a bit nervous after seeing that our cousins were in full control of Passport control Emigration, all luggage is inspected right after Passport Control which meant my Tefilin and siddur were scanned and no questions asked, my first name in my passport if fully Jewish.

  I stayed at a 5 star Ibn Battuta Hotel which I found on Priceline, I did walk around Dubai with baseball cap, Dubai reminded me kind of Las Vegas with out the Casinos. if anyone has questions about the UAE or Dubai feel free to ask. I did wear my yarmulka on both of my Etihad Flights KTM-AUH-JFK,  KTM-AUH the Arab flight attendent gave me stairs but the European and Asian flight attendants seemed to know passengers like me. the Personal Chef on AUH-JFK was from Bondi Beach, Australia.

 Also when people in the shops or Taxis asked me  where I'm from I said, I'm from Canada did not want to say I'm from the USA.

We'd all love to see a Trip Report!

How was Etihad First from AUH-JFK? Did you use the free limo transfer in AUH? How was KTM-AUH? etc
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2013, 03:47:40 PM »
We'd all love to see a Trip Report!

How was Etihad First from AUH-JFK? Did you use the free limo transfer in AUH? How was KTM-AUH? etc


Arriving into AUH I had an Audi drive me from AUH to Dubai which is a good hour drive, return to AUH Etihad claimed that since I'm on transfer no limo pickup from Dubai, but I could take the free Etihad shuttle bus from Dubai which you get a free bottle of water, I arrived 10pm the night before for my 10am flight because I love good premuim first class lounges, had a great 15 minute massage then had a great veggie dinner with loads if lechaims, had a great shower, smoked in the cigar lounge then was off to bed in the day rooms, woke up to another massage great shower awsome breakfast of bagels lox and eggs.

The flight:
The only first class I've ever flown are CX,Etihad and JL (I will not include AA and UA as a first class) but Etihad AUH-JFK Suites was AMAZING, I did not order KSML but I did pre order Vegetarian and there was also a fish option which was amazing, I did also eat the desserts it was WOW! Then after landing in JFK I had a free suv bring me to my house.


 I do have pics, but can I post veggie meal pics? Don't want maaris ayin on anyone here.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2013, 03:49:57 PM »

Arriving into AUH I had an Audi drive me from AUH to Dubai which is a good hour drive, return to AUH Etihad claimed that since I'm on transfer no limo pickup from Dubai, but I could take the free Etihad shuttle bus from Dubai which you get a free bottle of water, I arrived 10pm the night before for my 10am flight because I love good premuim first class lounges, had a great 15 minute massage then had a great veggie dinner with loads if lechaims, had a great shower, smoked in the cigar lounge then was off to bed in the day rooms, woke up to another massage great shower awsome breakfast of bagels lox and eggs.

The flight:
The only first class I've ever flown are CX,Etihad and JL (I will not include AA and UA as a first class) but Etihad AUH-JFK Suites was AMAZING, I did not order KSML but I did pre order Vegetarian and there was also a fish option which was amazing, I did also eat the desserts it was WOW! Then after landing in JFK I had a free suv bring me to my house.


 I do have pics, but can I post veggie meal pics? Don't want maaris ayin on anyone here.
interesting....post pics pls :)

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2013, 03:56:02 PM »
Actually the trip was CX F JFK- HKG-PVG     PEK To the middle of China then train to Lhasa, tibet then driving to Everest base camp then driving Everest base camp to Grand Hyatt KTM. I'll post the pics soon.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2013, 03:56:45 PM »
Actually the trip was CX F JFK- HKG-PVG     PEK To the middle of China then train to Lhasa, tibet then driving to Everest base camp then driving Everest base camp to Grand Hyatt KTM. I'll post the pics soon.
Sounds like you should start a new thread with a full TR :)
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2013, 03:58:03 PM »
Sounds like you should start a new thread with a full TR :)
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2013, 04:09:00 PM »
Sounds like you should start a new thread with a full TR :)

Dan I will start a new thread for this amazing trip report.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2013, 04:20:00 PM »
Wow! TR is a must. I'll be holding my breath waiting for it.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2013, 04:25:32 PM »
Actually the trip was CX F JFK- HKG-PVG     PEK To the middle of China then train to Lhasa, tibet then driving to Everest base camp then driving Everest base camp to Grand Hyatt KTM. I'll post the pics soon.
How did you drive EBC to KTM?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #49 on: April 19, 2013, 04:53:12 PM »
How did you drive EBC to KTM?

There are side roads that goes from EBC to KTM, we hired a driver, Guide  and a 4 wheel,   just be forewarned , I consider myself very healthy someone who rarely gets a cold so is my friend who I went with and we both got High Altitude sickness I vomited like 4 times during my stay in Tibet\EBC even our guide who is Native to Tibet got headaches and felt sick @ EBC.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #50 on: April 19, 2013, 04:54:28 PM »
There are side roads that goes from EBC to KTM, we hired a driver, Guide  and a 4 wheel,   just be forewarned , I consider myself very healthy someone who rarely gets a cold so is my friend who I went with and we both got High Altitude sickness I vomited like 4 times during my stay in Tibet\EBC even our guide who is Native to Tibet got headaches and felt sick @ EBC.
Was it easy to arrange visas? Who did it for you?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #51 on: April 19, 2013, 04:59:31 PM »
Was it easy to arrange visas? Who did it for you?
 
 Our tour company arranged all the Visas for us A to Z before we departed to china, it was a package deal for Tibet Hotels, SUV, Driver and guide, you must have a guide in Tibet anyways.


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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #52 on: April 19, 2013, 05:15:37 PM »
There are side roads that goes from EBC to KTM, we hired a driver, Guide  and a 4 wheel,   just be forewarned , I consider myself very healthy someone who rarely gets a cold so is my friend who I went with and we both got High Altitude sickness I vomited like 4 times during my stay in Tibet\EBC even our guide who is Native to Tibet got headaches and felt sick @ EBC.
thanks for the warning, I've been to the area :)
 Seems like you weren't there for too long, did you take time to acclimatize?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #53 on: April 19, 2013, 05:19:17 PM »
thanks for the warning, I've been to the area :)
 Seems like you weren't there for too long, did you take time to acclimatize?

No, we did a quicky using a vehicle,  unlike trekkers who trek on the Nepal side from Lukla to EBC, which I would have loved to do, but no time.  I did trek some of Annapurna in 2008 from Pokahara we were in EBC from late noon till 8AM, those wind GUSTS during the night were WOW, just like in the movies we slept in a massive tent @ EBC.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #54 on: April 19, 2013, 05:26:08 PM »
No, we did a quicky using a vehicle,  unlike trekkers who trek on the Nepal side from Lukla to EBC, which I would have loved to do, but no time.  I did trek some of Annapurna in 2008 from Pokahara we were in EBC from late noon till 8AM, those wind GUSTS during the night were WOW, just like in the movies we slept in a massive tent @ EBC.

 How many pics can I post in one message? I know Flyertalk allows 20.
there's a DEFer who did it, I'm on my phone but you can search 'Everest base camp's to see his TR ;)

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #55 on: April 20, 2013, 03:10:15 PM »
wouldn't mind some more info about Dubai.. did you see anything?

planning on going skiing, and to burj khalifa.. any other musts? although arrive early morning, and leaving later night, will probably take a hotel to rest a little.. planning on staying near the mall...

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #56 on: April 20, 2013, 05:41:38 PM »
wouldn't mind some more info about Dubai.. did you see anything?

planning on going skiing, and to burj khalifa.. any other musts? although arrive early morning, and leaving later night, will probably take a hotel to rest a little.. planning on staying near the mall...
if you could get a seaplane tour its definitely worthwhile

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #57 on: April 20, 2013, 05:44:26 PM »
seems like a waste of money at $400 pp...

did the seaplane thing in maldives for cheaper...

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #58 on: April 20, 2013, 05:48:01 PM »
check cobone.com

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #59 on: April 20, 2013, 06:01:33 PM »
thx i'll keep an eye on it..

seems like this dessert safari thing is offered all over, but I would hate to waste my time at their BBQ, belly dancing and beduin tents.... would much prefer having a short visit with only the things that we want to do.

what else did you do?

any tips for deals on hotels? want something near the ski/mall...

tons of great hotels, but feel stupid spending $200 for a day...