I recently flew Emirates Airline from Chicago to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The first leg of the trip was about 13 hours, from Chicago to Dubai. Although I was in coach, the Emirates flight attendants were very attentive. Plus, the seats were comfortable and each seat had its own TV with more than 100 channels and movies.
The food was amazing, not just for airline food; and, there was free wine. The flight attendants came around a few times in between meals with snacks, including chocolate bars and apples. In the back of the plane, there were different drinks poured, which you could help yourself to.
The airport in Dubai was very large, yet very clean. It was about a 15-minute walk from our gate to the customs desk. Since I hold a U.S. passport, I could have gone through the express customs lane. However, I wanted the passport stamp, so I went to the actual desk.
Since I had more than an 8-hour layover in Dubai, and there was no earlier flight, Emirates gave me a free hotel for the night. I took the Emirates free shuttle along with about 10 other people.
The hotel was in the city. I had a few hours before I went to bed, so after my free dinner at the hotel, I went on a tour of the city. The tour was about $32 USD. It was three hours, which was a little long for me since it ended at 11 p.m., but I was excited to see the famous sights of Dubai, including the world’s tallest building and the world’s biggest indoor shopping mail.
The only downfall of my first two days with Emirates was that I had to pay for Wi-Fi at the hotel. The hotel room was a bit bare, but it was a bed for the night.
The next day, I had a free breakfast at the hotel and took the shuttle back to the airport.
The flight from Dubai to Dar es Salaam was about 5 hours. The flight attendants spoke Swahili, English, and Arabic.