For those of you curious about the scenery you’ll encounter on this short hop between the Qatari capital, and Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, this is for you.
You’ll see lots of sand, obviously. But trees, too. And ever expanding urban areas that are growing between highways that at the moment seem to be located in the middle of nowhere. It’s likely that the next time you fly over that ‘nowhere’ will have shrunk noticeably.
This was Emirates Flight 842, departing 09:45 from Doha‘s Hamad International Airport, the $US16 billion facility which opened for business in May 2014. Total flying time about 55 minutes, give or take one or two. It was very hazy and my window was probably the dirtiest one on the plane that morning so the images leave something to be desired, but will hopefully give you a general idea of what this patch of the Middle East looks like from 36,000 feet, or 11,000m.
‘The Pearl’, Doha’s 4 million square meter artificial island. Currently home to about 15,000 residents, it will accommodate about 45,000 when fully completed in 2018. Total cost is expected to top US$18 billion.
A Brief Geography Lesson
50 minutes is plenty of time for a late morning snack on Emirates.