Part 2: A Soggy Stopover In Dubai

Intro – An African Safari With A Little Seychelles Sprinkled In
Part 1: Getting To The Seychelles Via Dubai
Part 2: A Soggy Stopover In Dubai
Part 3: Stunning Seychelles – Praslin And La Digue
Part 4: Stunning Seychelles – Mahe Island
Part 5: Kilimanjaro Bound
Part 6: Tanzania – Beginning The Adventure At The Arusha Coffee Lodge
Part 7: Game Drives in Ngorongoro, Ndutu, Serengetti, Lake Manyara, And Tarangire

Upon arrival at DBX, I made my way to the chauffeur desk to pick up the voucher for my ride to the Radisson Royal.   Once through immigration and after exiting, its located to the right.  I made a left.  Whoopsie.  I eventually turned around and found it without issue.  My reservation was located, voucher issued, and I was on my way.

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Emirates Chauffeur Desk

There was no delay and 15 minutes later, I was deposited at the Radisson Blu Royal.  Club Carlson recently upped the category of this location, but I had booked it pre-deval so it cost 50k CC points for 2 nights (with the Visa card benefit.)  The new rate is 70k, which is still reasonable given the quality of this property.

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View From My Corner Room With Stunning Views

Check in was quick and before I knew it I was tucked in and ready for a good snooze.  Even though I was booked for two nights, my onward flight would leave at 3:20am the following night /morning, giving me with essentially one full day in Dubai.  I really didn’t have an agenda for the day, and it was raining so I spent the day wandering around trying to stay dry.

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The Burj Kahlifa Appears From The Cloud Cover

After a few hours exploring, I headed back to the Radisson to prepare for my flight to Mahe.  My ride would be waiting for me just after midnight, so I decided to call it an early day and try to catch a few zzz’s before the very early morning.

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My chauffeur was on time, and I arrived at DBX in about 20 minutes where an Emirates rep was waiting to escort me to  the business class check in.  A nice touch.   After an ultra efficient check in, I headed to the lounge.  My flight would be leaving from the new terminal specifically built to accommodate the huge fleet of A380s.

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Business Class Lounge Lobby

The terminal is unique in that business and first passengers board directly from the lounge, which is essentially the 3rd and 4th floor.  And its massive!

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Rows And Rows Of Lounge Chairs

The food spread was extensive, and if you had a layover, lots of private places to relax and even sleep.  It never felt crowded.

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One Of The Many Food Stations In The Lounge
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Private Resting Area

Overall, probably the best business class lounge I’ve ever been in.   I definitely wouldn’t mind a long layover here at all.

NEXT:  Part 3 – Stunning Seychelles – Praslin And La Digue

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