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Greg Lindsay In Transit Blog
Longtime CITY contributor Greg Lindsay is spending the next six months on the road reporting for his forthcoming book "Aerotropolis" (John D. Kasarda and Greg Lindsay; Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He's filing dispatches along the way, covering the best hotels, restaurants, gear and airlines the world's "airport cities" have to offer.
arror June 07: Etihad Airways
by Greg Lindsay

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IN TRANSIT: ABU DHABI -- I had the good fortune of flying to the Gulf aboard Etihad, the UAE's #2 airline (and, like Avis, they try harder). Etihad was Abu Dhabi's response back in 2003, when Dubai's Emirates was already well on its way to world domination. I was lucky enough to be upgraded to Pearl (i.e. Business) class for the 14-hour non-stop to Abu Dhabi, which included one of the softest, 180-degree lie-flat beds I've ever slept on at 36,000 ft. Emirates may be serving New York with three flights a day, and Qatar Airways may have just started service (via a stopover in Geneva, which means your sleeping patterns have more time to adjust, I guess), but I arrived on Etihad with one of the milder cases of jet lag I've ever known. We'll see how I do in coach on the way back -- a 2 AM departure, and an 8:30 AM arrival. Ugh.

Read more of Greg Lindsay's travel blog, IN TRANSIT.

arror June 07: Don't Board Without It
by Greg Lindsay

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IN TRANSIT: NYC -- Typically, I like to fill notebook after 99-cent notebook from CVS when it comes to jotting down thoughts in the field. But Studio Touristique's double-sided "Observations In Airports/Observations On Planes is too convenient (and too cute, really) to resist. It will no doubt come in handy on July 3, when I end up in Abu Dhabi International with 8 hours to kill before my 2 AM flight back to New York...

Read more of Greg Lindsay's travel blog, IN TRANSIT.

arror June 07: Dubai Summed Up In One Image
by Greg Lindsay

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IN TRANSIT: DUBAI -- Taken on the runway of Dubai World Central, the $42 billion airport that will be the world's largest someday (around 2017 or so, they're hoping). But for now, it's just 140 sq. km of desert, and they can't keep the camels out.

Read more of Greg Lindsay's travel blog, IN TRANSIT.

arror June 07: Dubai! Doha! Abu Dhabi!
by Greg Lindsay

tallburjdubai.jpgIN TRANSIT: DUBAI -- Sorry for the light (read: nonexistent) posting schedule. I've been in the Arabian (sorry: "Persian") Gulf region for the past week already, hop-scotching from Dubai, to Doha (the capital of Qatar) to Abu Dhabi (the capital of the United Arab Emirates, not that you'd ever know it with Dubai glittering nearby so brightly. I'll be doing my best the rest of this week to get caught up, starting with a few photos. The tower to your left is the Burj Dubai, rising above the smaller towers of the "Old Town" development that surrounds the Burj itself. An example of typically witty Dubai real estate humor is to dryly mention that "the Old Town isn't finished yet." Get it? BTW, the Burj Dubai itself will cost $1 billion to build, while the complete 500 acre development (which includes the Dubai Mall, the world's largest) will cost a cool $20 billion. As you'll see, that's merely the ante for building in Dubai.

Read more of Greg Lindsay's travel blog, IN TRANSIT.

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