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Apr 10, 21, 5:09 am
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Posted By stargold

Of course, it usually helps to have actually...

Of course, it usually helps to have actually stayed in (or, at least, have seen in person) the hotel and its rooms before making such sweeping statements. A comment like "PH rooms are the same as...
Apr 8, 21, 2:20 am
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Views: 721
Posted By stargold

Seems almost too good to be true... given how...

Seems almost too good to be true... given how many people have large balances of convertible CC points accrued. I would definitely use 250k within a year or so anyway.

I wonder what the chances...
Apr 2, 21, 2:23 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

Thanks all! Although I think my comment about the...

Thanks all! Although I think my comment about the new employment visa gave the wrong impression - it was a new visa because of a change in employer, but I've been in the UAE for about 6 years already...
Apr 2, 21, 2:10 am
Replies: 594
Views: 477,997
Posted By stargold

Andaz hard product is higher quality and more...

Andaz hard product is higher quality and more modern than the Conrad. With the new subway stop next to the Andaz, transport would no longer be such a distinguishing factor for me personally. As for...
Mar 30, 21, 11:24 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,195
Posted By stargold

Assuming you're looking to do a paid rate rather...

Assuming you're looking to do a paid rate rather than awards, another good way is to apply Club Access awards for the remaining rooms (where possible), so that there's no question of having club...
Mar 30, 21, 8:13 am
Replies: 149
Views: 39,459
Posted By stargold

I stayed here quite recently and also was offered...

I stayed here quite recently and also was offered dinner in the restaurants in lieu of the club lounge benefit, but in my case it was useless because I had dinner plans outside. I asked whether they...
Mar 30, 21, 7:07 am
Replies: 682
Views: 142,291
Posted By stargold

Sheraton Grand used to be great when it first...

Sheraton Grand used to be great when it first opened (which I think coincided with the launch of the Sheraton Grand branding) but, similarly to the Conrad down the road, took a fairly sharp dive in...
Mar 30, 21, 7:01 am
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Views: 142,291
Posted By stargold

Currently staying at the JWM (the Ren is my usual...

Currently staying at the JWM (the Ren is my usual preference between the two, but it's a long stay and the corporate rate was much better at the JWM). A few observations/tips:.

* Hotel is really...
Mar 27, 21, 11:36 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

To report back on the experience this AM: *...

To report back on the experience this AM:

* Arrived at 0440 and cleared immigration and customs as normal. (By the way, was stunned to arrive at a bus gate, despite presumably plenty of contact...
Forum: Middle East
Mar 20, 21, 9:51 am
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By stargold

It looks like quite a pleasant new terminal,...

It looks like quite a pleasant new terminal, along the lines of Muscat where they have done a great job of making a terminal that is modern and well designed but also not too big for the demand,...
Mar 16, 21, 5:10 am
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Views: 142,291
Posted By stargold

Just to add to that, rooms and suites are...

Just to add to that, rooms and suites are generously proportioned in the UAE compared to many other parts of the world (Europe and Asia, at least). I don't think it will make a great deal of...
Mar 15, 21, 2:04 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,363
Posted By stargold

QR is a very pleasant option in J/F (DOH-BEY will...

QR is a very pleasant option in J/F (DOH-BEY will be classed as F) but a massive detour and probably 3x in total duration compared to the non-stop. In Y, however, it makes little sense to do so much...
Mar 13, 21, 4:36 am
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Views: 188,815
Posted By stargold

2 nights or more is ideal for adults, but if you...

2 nights or more is ideal for adults, but if you only have 4 nights in total in Dubai and you have a 12-year old, then 1 night is probably enough - you'll find it much easier to keep children...
Mar 12, 21, 7:36 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

As soon as you leave Abu Dhabi, then Abu Dhabi...

As soon as you leave Abu Dhabi, then Abu Dhabi quarantine rules no longer apply. That said, even if you landed in Dubai, if you are tested on arrival, then you're supposed to stay in your room until...
Mar 11, 21, 1:31 am
Replies: 198
Views: 34,712
Posted By stargold

Good point, but do the Neos have convertible...

Good point, but do the Neos have convertible seats? My understanding was that it is just the usual table in the middle (upon further checking) a blocked middle seat?
Mar 10, 21, 9:23 pm
Replies: 198
Views: 34,712
Posted By stargold

1. Not sure whether Covid has affected the...

1. Not sure whether Covid has affected the service offering, but RJ is not normally a dry airline.
2. Whichever way you cut it, the BA 32N seat is just not acceptable when you're paying for J on a...
Mar 10, 21, 7:54 pm
Replies: 198
Views: 34,712
Posted By stargold

Sure, although I'd say that CE seating with 29...

Sure, although I'd say that CE seating with 29 inches of pitch more than reflects the differential in price. That's 3 inches less than what you get in RJ Y.

Just over 200 one-way to upgrade from...
Mar 10, 21, 7:45 pm
Replies: 198
Views: 34,712
Posted By stargold

5hh35m in CE - why would anyone fly this over RJ...

5hh35m in CE - why would anyone fly this over RJ if at all possible?
Mar 7, 21, 6:18 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

Thanks very much, gemnbowcup - really useful data...

Thanks very much, gemnbowcup - really useful data point. I am aware of the FB group but I'm currently not using FB so it's hard to look up the group for info unfortunately, therefore much...
Mar 7, 21, 4:34 am
Replies: 257
Views: 71,231
Posted By stargold

I do think that luxury hotel prices in Dubai have...

I do think that luxury hotel prices in Dubai have been simply unreasonable for the last few months, and most properties seem to be charging significantly more than even pre-Covid. I'm not averse to...
Mar 7, 21, 4:22 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

Right... Anyway, I'll just wait for someone with...

Right... Anyway, I'll just wait for someone with some actual useful info to come along.
Mar 6, 21, 8:12 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

That's for getting into Abu Dhabi, and I agree...

That's for getting into Abu Dhabi, and I agree that it's very strict whether you're coming from abroad or from Dubai.

However, Etihad has been advertising the fact that if you're arriving into AUH...
Mar 4, 21, 10:26 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,552
Posted By stargold

Arriving in AUH and going up to Dubai

Does anyone have experience of arriving into AUH recently and going up to Dubai instead of getting a wrist tracker and quarantining in Abu Dhabi? Just trying to understand the precise procedures...
Mar 4, 21, 5:40 am
Replies: 54
Views: 8,568
Posted By stargold

"Where can I buy the arab attire in the desert so...

"Where can I buy the arab attire in the desert so I won't pay a fortune?" - when you get here, you'll quickly realise that non-Arabs simply do not wear a kandoora out in the open in public (apart...
Mar 4, 21, 12:34 am
Replies: 54
Views: 8,568
Posted By stargold

The two hotels (and their locations) are too...

The two hotels (and their locations) are too different for it to be a direct comparison. If you want the beach and extensive pool facilities, then you'll need to be at the Palm (or RAK, depending on...
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