emirates business class review pandemic

Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition

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Dear Aviator,

In times of this pandemic, does it make sense to fly in Business Class? Pre-Covid, flying in Emirates Business Class was a truly luxurious experience with a world class service and lots of amenities for their valued guests. How is the experience now on board, with a pandemic taking place? Which drawbacks can you expect? I will share my personal flight experience with Emirates and let you know about benefits which are now more important than ever. Welcome on board my Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition. 

emirates business class review pandemic

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Pack Your Stuff and Escape

Don‘t you have the desire to pack your suitcase and fly far away to have a timeout from lockdowns and coronas restrictions? In November, I spent an amazing vacation in Dubai – the city of superlatives – where I could enjoy almost a “normal“ life.

MAY INTEREST YOU: “Dubai is open – the most thrilling activties in the city of superlatives

I flew with Emirates in their Business Class from Frankfurt to Dubai. Pre COVID flying Business Class was a luxury experience with a world class service and amenities.

 

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Stay Safe On Board

The pandemic has not affected my trust in flying with airlines, nor have I felt uneasy or not safe while on board. Airlines and airport operators have implemented lots of measurements and guidelines to make traveling as safe as possible these days. 

MAY INTEREST YOU:How risky is flying during a pandemic?

I tried to be very respectful to other passengers and crew members in terms of keeping social distancing.  But of course, to keep 2 or 1,5 meters social distancing on board is, at times, very difficult. Be respectful as well and follow the guidelines.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

Emirates Corona Precautions:

  • Travel hygiene kit (with masks, gloves, disinfection wipes and hand sanitizer)
  • Crew wears a protective uniform (gloves, masks and face shield)
  • Crew interaction is reduced by a different service concept

emirates business class review pandemic

Advantages of Flying Business During a Pandemic

More than ever the Business class can score with its amenities:

  • More space and separation to other passengers.
  • Less people sharing the same lavatories.
  • Less people passing through the aisles.
  • Smaller crowds of people during embarking and disembarking.
  • Cabin crew interacts with fewer passengers.
  • Separate and smaller cabins with fewer passengers.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

My Recommendations On Board

To stay healthy during the flight:

  • The longer the fight, the higher chance of being infected.
  • Avoid walking through the cabin.
  • Wait some time before using the lavatory after a fellow passenger.
  • Take a seat at the window and if possible, avoid sitting next to another passenger.
  • Wear a mask. Preferably a FFP2 standard. 
  • Direct the airflow of the vents onto your lap.
  • Reduce interaction with the crew to a minimum (e.g. order several drinks at the same time).
  • Delay your boarding in case passengers of economy have to board through Business class.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

Is it Still Worth Flying in Business Class?

You will still have a spacious seat/a full bed, to get some rest.  The service is still excellent, and the crew is still extremely courteous and friendly. Overall, it is still a luxury experience despite the fact that the mask can become quite annoying after some time. In my case the lounge in Frankfurt was closed due to Corona. The Emirates lounge in DXB was open. However the service war reduced offering pre packed food only. Always check for updates for your flight.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

News News News

Emirates have just revealed its brand new Premium Economy – which is a unique cabin class between Business and Economy. You can enjoy more comfort through more space and a quieter smaller cabin on board the A380. It is considered an affordable product for those who do not want to purchase a Business Class ticket.  On a day flight it is a great option. On a night flight, I would definitely prefer the Business Class Seat since you can convert it to a fully flat bed. Emirates will launch its new product on the London to Dubai route.

emirates business class review pandemic

FAZIT

More than ever the amenities of flying in a spacious Business class seat can be enjoyed. That is why I think that it still makes sense and it is worth it. Especially, in terms of increasing the chances to stay healthy on your journey.

How do you feel about flying at the moment? Please leave me a comment below and do not forget to like this blog post: Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition. 

Safe and healthy travels.

Happy landing!

Your PilotPatrick


Dubai thrill activities

Dubai is Open - Most Thrilling Activities in the City of Superlatives

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Dear Aviator,

We are living in crazy times with lots of travel restrictions and new regulations which seem to make taking a vacation almost impossible. Dubai is sending a strong signal: We are open! I followed their invitation and I had one of the most exciting vacations ever. At all times I felt absolutely safe. Safer than at home in Berlin. At all venues your temperature was checked. Social distancing was in force and people wore masks. But the best is that for all visitors activities, restaurants, shops, beaches, etc. are open! READY FOR Dubais thrill activities? 

Dubai thrill activities

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Dubai thrill activities

Dubais Thrill Activities

Drive with a Dune Buggy 

I think it is one of the activities you have to do when you are in Dubai. I did a self drive dune buggy experience with Expert Rangers which absolutely blew my mind. It was so much fun to drive with the buggy up and down the dunes. I got stuck a couple of times because I did not exactly follow the lead drive. Do not forget to bring your action camera to capture this Dubai highlight. 

Thrill factor 4/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

 Breakfast in a desert camp after the hot air ballon ride

Ride a Hot Air Balloon over the Desert

Waking up for this experience at 4 o’clock in the morning was very tough but it was absolutely worth it. For years I wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride. Twice it was canceled on me in South Africa. This time it finally took place in the desert of Dubai. It was a magical adventure to soar through the light chilly morning air and to observe the sun rise at the horizon. The landing was absolutely spectacular and a thrill in itself. After the flight with Platinum Heritage we drove to a desert camp to have breakfast. 

Thrill factor 3/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Dine in the Burj Khalifa 

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world which has not only become an icon of Dubai, but of the world. Of course, you can visit the observation decks to enjoy a breathtaking view of Dubai; but you can also definitely elevate your Burj Khalifa experience through a dining experience. Whether it is for lunch, high tea or for dinner. Dining at the AT.MOSPHERE, the highest restaurant in the world, at almost 500 meters elevation is spectacular by itself. The food becomes almost secondary. I went for dinner and enjoyed a 5 course tasting menu. Be sure to make a reservation at the window and do not wear open shoes (men).

Thrill factor 1/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Fly with a Gyrocopter 

For all aviation lovers, this activity is a must and it was also one of my favorite ones during my trip. Forget about all flight experiences you ever been on, this is the next level of flying. A gyrocopter is a combination of an airplane and a helicopter. It looks fragile and kind of  dangerous but it is absolutely safe. Even if the prop were to fail, the gyrocopter could still land safely by the wind propelling the rotor. No canopy, no wing and no doors give you 360 degrees of flying. The views and the feeling is absolutely incredible. The flight took me directly over The Palm Jumeirah, after taking off next to JBR Beach and flying next to Burj Al Arab

Thrill factor 4/5

 

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Scenic Flight in a Seaplane 

It was a premiere for me to fly on board a sea plane. It took off at the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel which is about 30 minutes from Dubai Marina in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Make sure to always plan with enough traveling times between destinations. 

Check in was quick and easy. After a short briefing and temperature control, we were ready for departure. I was excited to find out how a take off and landing felt on the water. Seawings fly with a Cessna Caravan which can carry up to 9 passengers. Unfortunately, due to Corona the copilot seat and the two seats behind are blocked to protect the pilot. 

The views from a maximum flight altitude of 1500 ft are stunning. Even if the flight is only 20 minutes you get the major sights of Dubai. Make sure that you fly on a day with good visibility. At the end of the flight I was surprised that the take off and landing did not feel much different to a runway. 

Thrill factor 2/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Step on a Glass Bottom in Dubai Frame 

This is my “hidden” gem for you, It is the world’s biggest picture frame and from a distance it looks like it is framing the skyline of Downtown Dubai. It is quite spectacular to see it from the outside since it is covered with one ton of gold! I did know that you can visit the building from the  inside until I found out that I could get a free entrance with my Emirates Airlines return flight ticket (subject to change). An elevator takes you 150 meters high to the observation platform. Be careful as the floor becomes see through when you step on it; Best to visit shortly before sunset.

Thrill 1/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Dine in the Sky at Dubai Marina

A unique experience for those who enjoy a kick of excitement during dinner. A crane lifts you and a huge construction of tables and seats 50 meter above the streets of Dubai. The view is iconic both during the day and night. I was not really scared of the height but a little concerned that I may drop something because next to your table edge was a big drop. Dinner in the sky is a nice place to celebrate something special!

Thrill 2/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Flyboard over the Water

This is something I always wanted to try out – Flying over the water with a jetpack! I had previously heard that it is quite difficult so I decided to take the flyboard of Hydro Water Sports first, which is supposingly a little easier. I must admit before this activity I was the most nervous (even though I had previously jumped out of a plane).  Here I was in control and in charge of my performance. In the beginning,   it was quite tricky to get out of the water but after a few minutes I knew how to control the flyboard. It is definitely something exciting to try out when you like water sports. It was soooo much fun! 

Thrill factor 4/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Skydive over The Palm

Normally I fly airplanes but this time I jumped out of one! It is an adventure of a lifetime you have to do if you want the ultimative adrenaline kick.

The jump with Sky Dive Dubai takes place at approx. 4000 ft directly overhead The Palm Jumeirah and I do not think there is a more epic location than this. After I landed safely on the ground (the whole flight lasts only 5 minutes) I wanted to jump again. It is worth every penny considering that an extra jumper is there solely to take photos and film a video of your experience. It is definitely Dubais thrill activities number one. 

Thrill factor 5/5

Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities
Dubai thrill activities

Covid-19 traveling

I sure had a blast in Dubai despite the pandemic. Every activity was well organized and they took exceptional care that you feel safe. In case you need a PCR-test prior leaving the country you can contact your hotel concierge. I did my test at the Palazzo Versace hotel. Thee medical staff came to my room to do the test. The costs were 200 AED (approx. 58€) and the result came via email within 24 hours. Please keep yourself updated about all travel requirements to avoid disappointment

I hope you enjoyed Dubais thrill activities. LET ME KNOW IN A COMMENT BELOW WHICH ACTIVITY YOU WOULD ENJOY THE MOST! Please do not miss to like the post.

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick


corona vacation

What is it like to spend a vacation in Croatia in the times of Corona?

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Dear Aviators,
to be honest I was a bit worried to go traveling again after we had the lockdown in Germany and borders were closed. Numerous questions came to my mind when I thought about my first vacation in times of Corona. Is it really safe? Does it even make sense? Will the restrictions impair my vacation? What are the safety measurements in a foreign country? You might have the same mixed feelings when you think about your next trip. In this blog post / report I will share with you my impressions during my latest trip to Croatia.

Dubrovnik Airport

Coastline of Dubrovnik

Old Town of Dubrovnik

Traveling by airplane

I was curious to find out how air travel will be during a pandemic. I got a little glimpse of it when I flew on my way back from Australia via China to Germany in the beginning of February. Passengers started to wear masks and the service on board was tremendously reduced. (full video here on YouTube) Now a face mask is mandatory during the flight and there is almost no food and drink service. Direct flights are also reduced from Berlin due to Corona. So to get to Dubrovnik (DBV) I had to fly from Vienna (VIE) with Austrian Airlines.

It was great to observe that Corona has not only negative aspects. Flying has never been so easy going: No major crowds at the airport, quick security checks, no pushing of other passengers. Instead smaller and clean airplanes, respectful passengers, no panic while disembarking and everyone is trying to keep distance from others. Some measurements seem awkward but it is great to see everyone is obeying them.

Staying at the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik organized by Turkfluencer

Direct Ocean front

What to expect at the hotel?

Last time I flew to Dubrovnik I was still a flight student back in 2008. So I was thrilled to come back to re-explore the region. I stayed in the Rixos Premium Hotel Dubrovnik, which is situated at the waterfront not far from the famous old town. Waking up in the morning overlooking the calm Adrian Sea and having a coffee on the terrace lets you forget about all the terrible things happening in the world right now.

Covid-19 measurements in the hotel

The hotel staff wore masks. There are plenty of stations to disinfect your hands. At the buffet restaurant you were required to wear a face mask and gloves but besides that you did not have to.

I really enjoyed that all facilities of the hotel, like the outdoor pool, indoor pool, sauna, bars and all the food outlets were completely open. The Rixos hotel really spoiled me with their Turkish hospitality. I enjoyed a dinner show at Umi Teppanyaki, Dry aged meat at the Turquoise restaurant and a romantic dinner in their open air fish restaurant  by the sea.

Are restaurants open?

Most of the restaurants in the city were open even with a fewer number of tourists which normally would visit during the summer. Make sure to visit restaurants outside of your hotel as well. 80% of the people are dependent on tourism in Croatia. To go outside for dinner to support local businesses like the Gverovic Orsan restaurant, a traditional mediterranean restaurant which is also one of the oldest ones in Dubrovnik. Their signature dish is the black risotto and during all meals you can enjoy stunning views of the Adria. Don’t miss trying fresh oysters from Croatia.

Cabana day

Fish restaurant at the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik

Umi Teppanyaki restaurant at the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik

Protection is key

The face mask has become a mandatory accessory in our daily lives. You need to wear a mask whenever you get into an enclosed public building in Croatia. You are supposed to keep at least 1,5 meter to others but this is almost impossible in the narrow streets  and small houses of the old town.

Please do not to forget your other safe companion: sun protection. As you know I have a long lasting partnership with Eucerin to spread the awareness of the importance to protect yourself from the sun.

Why should you use suncare?
First of all not to get a painful sunburn. Secondly to lower the chances of getting skin cancer. Solely in Germany, 200.000 people became diagnosed with skin cancer for the first time in 2016. Additionally, the sun is the reason for many other skin damages. You should protect yourself during any #sunnymoment and it is never too late to start with it!

For your health and beauty

I never really thought about it, the UV- Light and HEV- Light does not only influence the healthiness of the skin, but also the aging process. The research of Eucerin revealed that the high-energy visible light (HEV) induces free radicals which also cause visible signs of skin aging and hyperpigmentation. About 90% of the visible skin aging is caused by UV- Light and HEV- Light.

Three easy tips for the proper protection

  1. The right product: Find the right product for you and your skin type. Eucerin Sun Protection has a huge product variety thus meets your age, preference, and needs.
  2. The right amount: Think of the size of a golf ball. That is the quantity you need to cover your whole body.
  3. Think twice: Best is to apply sunscreen twice, so you don’t miss out on any unprotected spots on your skin.

What are my favorite products?

Eucerin offers a wide range of sunscreen products for any age, skin type and occasion.
For the face: SUN OIL CONTROL FACE GEL-CREME
For the body: SUN OIL CONTROL BODY DRY TOUCH (NEW) and TRANSPARENT DRY TOUCH (refreshing)

All three products have an ultra-light texture and dry really fast on the skin. A big plus is that they are not as sticky as you know it from other suncare products. Additionally the Oil Control products have a mattifying effect so your skin is less shiny for your vacation photos.

Activities in Dubrovnik

Now it is the time to discover and re-explore  European cities which are normally over crowded with people. Normally, Dubrovnik is packed with tourists during high season. Thousands of day visitors come by cruise ships and it is hard to enjoy the full beauty of the city. In the last two years the city became even more famous because Games of Thrones and Star Wars used the scenic city as their movie set. This is summer, it is all different. I spotted only a few tourists strolling through the old town. I can recommend booking a city tour by @experiencedubrovnik, the official tourism board of the city and do the walk on top of the city wall.

Fun fact: Did you know that Dubrovnik was the first city to have a quarantine?
Back in the days mariner returning from their trips had to isolate themselves in a building for 40 days before they were allowed to enter the city. They never had the black death.

Old Town of Dubrovnik

Adria from the Cable Car

The Old Town Dubrovnik

What can you do?

I decided to do activities which did not require me to be surrounded by a lot of people.

  • Cable Car ride to have stunning views of the city, the Adrian Sea and the islands surrounding Dubrovnik. Do this prior sunset for the best light and pleasant temperatures.
  • A private boat trip. I chartered a Jeanneau 30 boat with @Dubrovnikboats for the full day. My skipper Frano showed me the old town from the waterside and took me to some beautiful bays at the Elaphite islands to go swimming, cliff jumping and diving into caves. Be sure to stop at Bowa restaurant for lunch.

Boat Day are the best days

Bowa Restaurant

Bowa Restaurant

Drinks on the island

Local Oysters from Croatia

  • Day trip to Montenegro. @finestluxurytours from Dubrovnik took me ona full day trip to show me the highlights of Montenegro. Within 10 hours I visited the picture perfect cities Perast, Kotor, Budva and Porto Montenegro. “At birth of the planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast line” Lord Byron.

Luxury Mercedes Car of @finestluxurytours for the day trip

Sokol Fortress in Dubrovnik

Comfortable Montenegro day trip

Yachts at the Porto Montenegro

Perast, Montenegro

Verige 65 restaurant in Montenegro

Verige 65 restaurant in Montenegro

Verige 65 restaurant in Montenegro

Did Corona impair the quality of my vacation?

At no time did I have the impression that Corona impaired the quality of my vacation. Moreover, the hotel was not that crowded, reservations were not required for restaurants, less waiting time for attractions, the city was less crowded and activities were more affordable. The only thing I was worried about was that Croatia will be determined as a risk country which would require me to self isolate myself when returning to Germany.

Gverovic Orsani in Dubrovnik

Are you planning to go on vacation soon? How do you feel about it?
Let me a know in a comment below and please do not forget to like the blog post.

Happy and healthy travels

Your PilotPatrick