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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!

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.

One Of The Many Food Stations In The Lounge
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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