As I sat at the airport on standby I got a call from scheduling an hour before sign in. I didn’t answer my phone. A half hour before sign in another call and I didn’t answer again. Finally five minutes before signing in I called scheduling. “You’re going to Dubai head to the gate.”
There is was a trip to Dubai something I’ll never see until I either learn Arabic or worked with the airline for 20 or more years. It was an opportunity I wasn’t going to give up. Besides I had no choice.
I headed to the gate and worked a 13 hour flight to Dubai. We landed at 10pm their time. The next morning we had 24 hours to layover. I did what I could.
Since I had a sleeveless shirt on I didn’t want to disrespect anyone so I stayed with my crew and didn’t travel alone. I headed to the supermarket where I got my dad a few sweets and got to sample many. In the same market we sat and had some excellent coffee.
After the market I had some food which tasted amazing!! I can still taste the deliciousness of the lamb when I close my eyes. It was too good to be true. Wanted to take some home!!
One of the workers had to get a hair cut so I heard with him to the barber shop and sat there as I watched the men get their hair cuts and speak in their native language. It was a bit surreal because I just kept looking everywhere and trying to absorb all I saw in case I never came back. As I sat there I had a cup or Arabic coffee that I ended up buying because it was so good.
Soon after the hair cut I headed to the pool and sat there thinking and counting my blessings. What a surreal moment to go to another country for only 24 hours but experience as much of the culture as I could.
With no disrespect I went into a boutique where they sold hand made burkas for women. The sales man allowed me to wear the latest trend there. I felt so overwhelmed and great full that he would allow me to wear something so religious to them. Of course I hesitated but when he insisted over and over I couldn’t say no anymore.
I tried on the burka and a bunch of feelings just flowed through my body. Feelings are so indescribable. I was very thankful.
When I left I thanked the sales man a million times because I did not want anyone to think I was there joking around.
As I left the boutique I walked by a mosque. I wanted to walk in to experience it but again I was not dressed properly. My arms and my head were not covered. It’s an opportunity I had to pass up but will not next time (if there is ever a next time).
The weather was about 100 degrees and climbing. As I walked on the streets my sandals felts as if they were melting on the cement. But I kept trooping with the guys because I wanted to see it all.
After a market, pool, boutiques, and amazing food I had to end my adventure. It was time to relax before I had to work the 14 hour flight back to ATL.
I made a list of places I have to go when I go back. From now on I’ll pack right because I never know when Dubai will call for me.
My list: see the tallest building in the world.
Go to the gold market.
Go to the beach.
Go to the spice market.
Try and visit Abu Dhabi.