Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dubai Visa

There was a confusion regarding Visa for my recent visit to UAE. For visitor visa your visa is processed either by the hotel or the travel agent of Dubai, but as i was going to stay with family there, this was not the option open to me. Next option is to ask the family there to get the visa for me, however for that the deposit asked by government is very high. Finally thought of trying the option of DVPC. On reading more figured that this is open for people flying on emirates airlines only. Finally made the papers and applied for visa. Then after 2-3 days i called up emirates airlines and they sent me an email, which was supposed to be the visa...

When i went to get foreign exchange to the travel agent, her got confused on seeing the printout.. Then i asked him to call up the emirates airlines and check on the visa. He did confirm it, and only after that gave the forex.

Flying was fine, however when i landed at Dubai terminal 3, at the immigration, the officer there was not pleased on seeing the email. He said he needed some individual email for all 3 of us. I said, this is what i have,,,,Seeing the child and the family, he said, i am letting you go, but from next time get individual visa...NEXT TIME....HMMMMMMM

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Water fountain view from the observation deck at 124th floor

Watching the dubai from burj khalifa was wonderful experience. The view was like from a plane just when it is about to land. All the buildings that appear so tall when on ground started looking so small from the 124th floor.

Getting to burj khalifa was a little expensive and tricky. There is always a 2 day waiting list for the 100 AED ticket. If you want immediate entry then the ticket is 400 AED per person.

We went to khalifa on saturday and from Monday it got closed. I don't know if its opened or not, but we just made it in the nick of time.

I have also been to empire state building observatory in New york, but the view from here was much more awesome. But in empire state you go to the open balcony on the 80th floor, but here it was a closed observatory. There is an outside open balcony on 124th floor also, but the same was closed for maintenance. Probably because one suicide has already happened...

Many indians were involved in senior and important positions in making of this building and it was a nice experience to see their names on the way out..