Medinat Jumeirah

Its always one of the fun the places to walk around it but you really don’t know where it starts and where it ends. I always want to jump in the waist level water of theirs were the boats keep going back and forth. I have an idea of where things are but I really don’t know how to navigate the whole place. I do like the architecture even though it doesn’t feel authentic. But I really like how they laid out the shops and it feels like a bit of maze, there are some very good restaurants that need reservations and a few normal places where you can stop by for a quick bite.

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Kuwait Airways – No Water For You!

What can be said about Kuwait Airways that hasn’t already been said. They have an abysmal record for customer service and I doubt its going to improve any time soon. There is a lot that can be said for Kuwait Airways, but I’m going to break it down by flights just to give people an idea of what happens on a Kuwait Airways flight.

KA to Dubai:

  • The plane was about 85% full, but in economy there were a few empty seats. We were six guys and had a full row to ourselves which made things a bit easier.
  • They loaded us into the planes but A/C wasn’t really working so it was getting hot and damp in the plane.
  • The seats need to be reupholstered, out flight had no screens on the way to Dubai which is odd for a plane in 2008.
  • They served us food which looked like fish but was really chicken.
  • We asked for water the first time they passed by, she said “ok” and didn’t come back for 20 minutes.
  • We asked for water again, and then again, nothing, they just said yes and passed by.
  • 45 minutes later still no water and we were pretty much almost to Dubai.
  • The staff didn’t give a damn about the people they were either rude or indifferent towards everyone in economy.
  • The seats are relatively tight, it wasn’t comfortable at all, and to recline the seat there are strange buttons
  • The A/C was barely working on a plane that is at full altitude, they might as well have opened a door to let some cool air in at that height and speed.
  • The plane was 45 minutes late

KA to Kuwait:

  • I’m going to start off with the plane being 1.5 hours late.
  • A fight almost broke out in the bank from three drunk Kuwaitis who were rude to the stewardess and the whole crew were in the back of the plane. It took them over 45 minutes to get them off the plane. That was rather entertaining for keeping us delayed, but in reality it was originally delayed but taking the passengers bags of the plane was taking some time as well.
  • There was a level of excitement on the plane at this point.
  • There were screens on this plane but I think the screen on my Sony Ericsson is bigger then the ones they had on the plane. Upgrading their equipment is not going to happen any time soon.
  • The stewardess was very rude to an Indian gentlemen, and it was really getting on my nerves, he was very polite and asking to move he seat around to sit next to his wife and daughter, but she was acting like a complete bitch which really pissed me off. Again some of them were very indifferent to our requests.
  • I decided to sleep most of the plane ride to not waste any time being awake on this plane.
  • The landing was decent but the staff is lacking any level of customer service, the plane feels like its falling apart, and they are habitually late.
  • If you can, really do avoid flying Kuwait Airways.

Dubai in the Summer

It doesn’t feel like it yet, but summer has kicked in. It feels like there is still a lot of work to be done and we are far away from a vacation but this heat has kicked in. In Dubai it was humid and a little hot, you find people just wiping the sweat off their brows. If you walk out of a cooled building wearing sunglasses you won’t be able to see anything since your glasses fog up.

Dubai felt a little on the empty side, most of everyone was in the malls during this period. This is the first time I see Mall completely packed so early in the afternoon, but it seems that its so humid outside that nobody really wants to be outside. It did feel nice for once that there wasn’t a lot of traffic on the streets.

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Comfortable Travel

I don’t think anyone could travel more comfortable then this on a plane. I was laughing when my friend decided to wear these slippers or en’aal naydeyah to the plane to and from Dubai. Its really easy but don’t think you can start running without losing some traction.

Short Trip

It was a nice break, got some work done but still very exhausting. It was an eventful weekend, we finished a good amount of work. Me and few people had meetings on Friday and Saturday afternoon, we which went pretty well.

Saturday we stayed up and enjoyed ourselves, it was a very good dinner. But Friday everyone was pretty much dead, we saw the movies we wanted to see. The funny part is that this whole trip was a very good trip, but nothing in comparison to how eventful, interesting, and bad the Kuwait Airways flight is. I’m going to write up all that happened on the departure and arrival flights, and Kuwait Airways is pretty much as bad as people think it is.

Just a Few Days

Its always fun to get these types of trips together, some of the guys proposed a quick trip to Dubai to get a few things done. That was last week and it tumbled into a movie filled weekend and a change of scenery. I think it will do some good to get a quick break from the usual trend of things.

I want to see two movies while I’m there:

  • Indiana Jones
  • Speed Racer

And probably what ever else is going to be out. One thing I am really looking forward to is the riblets from The Meat Company, it tastes really good and it gets really messy. The funny part is that we are flying Kuwait Airways most probably so there is no clue exactly when or if the plane is going to fly, KA doesn’t have the best track record.

Emirates New Flights

Recently Emirates has been making some big announcements, they now have 3 very long haul flights. They are really taking over some of these long haul flights, I know someone who just tried the Brazil flight and they said it was very comfortable for 16 hours. It is a little bit more expensive then planes with stop overs. BA Flight from Kuwait to London, then London to San Paulo is cheaper then the Dubai to San Paulo for 400 KD. So sometimes it might be a little bit more expensive but still very convenient flights to have, some of these flights are booked up ahead with no availability for a few months.

  • San Paulo, Brazil
  • Los Angeles, United States (Sept 08)
  • San Francisco, United States (Oct 08)