28 December 2014

FLYING EMIRATES TO DUBAI: THE GOOD LIFE


Dubai Airport-Duty Free.
On Emirates airlines, each seat in economy is equipped with its own monitor and touchscreen remote attached to the back of the seat. Additionally, each seat features USB ports which are handy for charging iPods, phones and other gadgets. If you're a techie and gadget junkie, you'll fall absolutely in love with Emirates ICE entertainment system, like I did. ICE (Information, Communication and Entertainment) was unlike anything I had ever experienced aboard any flight. Admittedly impressive, it's a bit intimidating and somewhat overwhelming at first. First off, there are three options on how to control the system: touching the screen, using the removable touch screen remote or using the smaller wired remote. I really didn't know how to operate anything at first, so secretly glancing at other passengers to see what they were doing was one of the ways I got around to figuring things out.
The Information feature of the system allows you to access the flight's status and information about the particular flight such as how many feet we were at, hours until landing etc. It also features live updates from CNN  on whats happening around the world. There was even a map that showed the flight's progress across the world map, so for instance I knew when we were flying over Iraq and Turkey.
The Communication feature allows passengers  to make phone calls and send text messages on board to anywhere on the ground (CREDIT CARD fee applies). What impressed the heck out of me was the fact that Emirates airlines has Wi-Fi up and running on all their flights. Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet? Hell yeah, I can handle that! Being able to update my blog in the sky and post instant photos of myself savoring Emirates' delicacies or sandwiched between two strangers- a shy, Qur'an-reading Afghan and a seemingly restless, can't-stop-peeping-at-my-screen Indian, is definitely something to talk about. The Entertainment feature of the system - and this one is my favourite, because Im a movie and music junkie- features a wide range of new movies and TV shows to watch, something I really appreciate on long flights. It also has over 1000 songs in various genres and languages. Emirates, by far, has the largest selection of movies and entertainment I have ever experienced, with over 2000 channels to choose from. On my bid to explore as much as I possibly could I ended up on shows I didn't even know existed, for example Arab Idol. Habibeeeeezzz. After flying a total of 20 something hours on Emirates from London - Dubai - Jakarta and back I still had not explored everything it had to offer, though I did manage to watch a handful of movies I had not seen before. For any frequent flier on the airline, this would be a huge perk. One of my favorite things on the ICE system, is that it offers passengers the ability to see whats happening on the outside, via outside cameras that are accessible on the screen. It was handy watching the aircraft take off and land via the cameras.  I was just about settling in after a full course meal when I  randomly looked up and to my utter amazement, saw stars twinkling on the cabin ceiling. I was like "NO WAYYY! This is so unbelievable! "
This incredible feature is called StarLight and is unique to Emirates airlines. It was so extraordinary to be at 30,000 feet, and seeing stars....that looked REAL. First, they have the ambient lighting; going from a soft white/yellow to pinks to purple for the different light cycles. Then when all main activities are done, the cabin lights come off completely and the stars come out. STUNNING. I really loved the stars and the graduated lighting because of there uniqueness and the ambiance they created. Kudos to the engineer(s) behind that scheme. It totally made my entire trip worthwhile.
Flying with Emirates was more than awesome, and there’s no airline I’m more obsessed with traveling on in the future than Emirates. The first class suites were uncomfortably amazing. Extremely classy to say the least. The food was fantastic and the amenities themselves were great. The cabin crew were professional and genuinely friendly and supportive. Economy class in Emirates is perhaps better than many airlines' first class and that's on a real note. Emirates has most definitely lived up to its reputation for providing a fabulous flying experience. 






I was also offered noise canceling headphones.


One of the first things passengers aboard Emirates receive is a "Hot Towel". Its a hand towel the size of a handkerchief that's damp and soothingly warm. You can use it to freshen up your face, neck and hands etc.


The lighting though..pure luxury!







Half of the stuff I ate, up until this moment I have no clue what I ate. Thank God Emirates' food are Halal and I have no allergies.



Assortment of drinks.

Totally loved my snack basket with my favourite...PRINGLES and oh! Isnt the purple orchid just oh so amazing?! I love orchids. How could they have known?



When the lights go down, the stars come up. Emirates offers a special StarLight feature providing a great sleeping atmoshphere.

This is what it looks like when all the cabin lights are turned off.

Touchscreen monitors from the Economy section of Emirates










The size of those tennis balls though...


Shopping at the duty free grocery.


I like my coffee sweeeeet.

Only in Dubai....tsk tsk.


Flight to London...

Look who else from the Caribbean is in Dubai.

What a name! But his beard though...