We managed to get bulkhead seats on the flight over - although in a middle seat - my legs were quite happy about the extra room.
Emirates is quite an airline - I love that there is a camera at the nose of the plane that shows take off and landing on the monitors.
I also loved that when they turned down the lights for people to go to sleep - the ceiling lit up with a constellation of LED stars.
We got off in Dubai - and the massive airport is like a Blade Runner Airport as coceived by a vegas review designer. A large metallic space ship that lit up was the first thing we saw when getting off the plane. The airport is filled with huge white columns that glitter and sparkle, multi-color LED walls that light up surrounding a black marble waterfall.
Being surrounded by this crisp, clean, illiminated, over the top environment as the day's final call to prayer came over the speakers made the whole place seem otherworldly while familiar all at the same time.
It is nighttime so we made our way to the hotel - within spitting distance of the airport. Its a resort geared towards business travelers, le Meridian Dubai - with 16 restaurants and 3 pools.
It felt similar to resorts you would find elsewhere - with the requisite over-priced restaurants (French! Sushi! Italian!). I could be in Dubai or Puerto Rico and not really know - except for the number of Sheiks walking around and the arabic writing on each sign (under the writing in English, of course).
Its a good place for transition though - and that was the whole idea. Today we will tour many of the over the top sites in Dubai - indoor snow skiing, Palm Island, etc.
We are going to try to do most of this via the brand new metro which just opened last week.
More after we tour - when I have had the chance to see more than the lights on the ceiling of my Emirates flight.