|simple and adequate meal|
At approximately 6.30am local time we began to catch glimpses of land, and an hour later we landed safely at Sharjah International Airport.
|first sight of landfall|
|the excitement grows!|
We were finally able to disembark from the aircraft at around 7.45am and we got our first whiff of Arabian air. The cool invigorating morning air immediately lifted our spirits, and we quickly shook off our fatigue after having endured the bumpy flight.
We were shepherded into a waiting shuttle bus and arrived at the airport terminal a short five minutes later.
|the invigorating morning air|
|organised and orderly|
|a good mix of nationalities|
|small but functional airport|
|our first Arabic sunrise|
|serves mostly Air Arabia fleet|
|a short commute to the terminal|
We encountered very little problems clearing Immigration and Customs, and was glad that the airport personnel was kind enough to usher us through the “Gulf” citizens line that was shorter although we are Malaysians. We supposed that they wanted to shorten the queues that were forming, and we were grateful for their considerate measures.
We finally exited the departure hall, and after freshening up at the washroom (Cat was amused at the lines of women at the sink brushing their teeth!) we headed to an Etisalat service counter to purchase our tourist sim cards. We recommend that visitors staying for less than 2 weeks purchase the Etisalat Talk, Text and Surf plan.
|a place to visit next time?|
|this is the express bus that got us from Sharjah...|
|to Abu Dhabi :)|
Since it was lunchtime we lugged our large cargo bags across the street to Al Wahda Mall to eat and rest up. We promised to meet up with Ginny and Sern after they got off from work later in the evening. We headed to a large food court on the 3rd floor of the mall and had ourselves a sumptuous meal as we waited for Ginny and Sern.
|looks can be deceiving|
|what looked like a diminutive food court|
|hosts a large variety of restaurants|
|with all kinds of cuisines|
|from all cultures across the region|
|and Brendan settled for Popeye's?|
|happy jet-lagged people|
We will end our post here as we rest and recuperate, and re-energise ourselves for the adventure that lie ahead in the coming days. The gleam in the eyes of Ginny and Sern told us we were in for another amazing and exciting experience in the UAE!