April 27, 2010 – My friend and I left Al-Manzil Hotel early that day to catch a flight going to Bangkok via Qatar Airways, the lay over was more than an hour in Doha, Qatar. We were running late and upon arrival at the Terminal 1 airport I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of people rushing to their flights, wow that was a first. Many times I have been flying in and out of Dubai, usually it’s flocked by people. This time it was very convenient checking in, it was a breeze. After we checked in, went to the Immigration area and there were no long lines of passengers trying to get out of Dubai. When it was my time to meet the immigration officer, I asked him why there aren’t a lot of people this time. He just said “sssh be quiet”. Hmmm, that was odd for an I.O. to say that.
Even the Duty Free was almost empty, what does this means? Many I guess, Dubai is definitely affected with the recession going on in United States, and obviously a lot of people left Dubai for that reason. What will happen to the constructions of the new Skyscrapers like the Dubai Towers that I talked about recently?
I’ll be in Dubai again this August and I’ll let you know if there are changes. Good or bad?
Here are some photos inside Dubai Terminal 1 Airport.
The last time I was trying a necklace for my Mom here in this Jewellry store, I had to wait for a sales personnel to attend me. But this time you can see in the photo that some sales personnel don’t have any customers to attend to.
A souvenir shop where you can buy Disdasha (an Emirate local attire), shirts with Dubai printed on it, a mouse pad that looks like an Alladin carpet.