For my birthday, my boyfriend gave me a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Even better, we were flying with Lufthansa on Business Class. THANK YOU HUBBIE!!!
This would be my first time on a flight longer than 4 hours.
Super early connecting flight to Frankfurt. Ugh. Very gusty during takeoff, but awesome german pilots did the trick. Got a great breakfast.
In Frankfurt we checked in for our next flight, and I got the news that my boyfriend had got me great seats for the flight. 3A & B! YAY!
The flight was super comfortable. No pig meat on the menu though….!! LOL 😉
I had some pasta for dinner, then I fell asleep and woke up above the Carpatians.
Landing in Abu Dhabi and immigration was pretty quick. Suddenly I was further away from home than I’d ever been. I’ll forever remember the feeling of exiting the terminal with our rental car-guy. It was so warm, the terminal was so over-extravagant, I felt like I was in a James Bond movie there and then. I’ve never felt like that ever before.
Our hotel was super nice and luxurious; Sofitel. And don’t get me started about our rental car which was ridiculously cheap and SO SEXY. SERIOUSLY. Merchedes GLK 350. The sound that car made on the roads were just…. Eargasm. We had room-service bring us food since it was my birthday. What a fantastic day.
The next day we got up early and ate some delicious breakfast, before we went outside and started sightseeing. Just driving around was an experience, people were crashing (honestly….!) and the buildings were ridiculously high. The whole town was decorated in the United Arab Emirates colors due to the 42-year celebration of the state. They sure know how to party down there… 🙂 We checked out Ethiad towers, Emirates palace, several shopping centres and went for a walk in Abu Dhabi Marina (where they had speedboats!) before we drove out to Yas Island and checked out Ferrari World. Crazy stuff! I still feel the funniest part was driving our own car super fast on the roads…. hahaha 😀
We ate some great food in a restaurant that night, and got to bed a bit early. Because the next day we got up early to go to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Just magnificent! They held a prayer session when we were there, which was quite special and rewarding to hear and see. After that we drove to Dubai and my mind got blown away again. All these places I’ve seen on pictures started popping up everywhere. And Burj Al Khalifa…. Seriously, that tower is crazy! We visited the tower, and then spent the rest of the day at Dubai Mall + eating at a restaurant and watching the light/water show. Was pretty cool 🙂
The return was also with Lufthansa, on business class. And thank god for that, leaving from Abu Dhabi airport was pretty horrible. Overcrowded undersized airport with bad facilities. It felt so good getting onboard and falling asleep!!! Landed in Frankfurt the next morning, before transferring to the next flight back home. What an experience, super way to celebrate my birthday 🙂