If you had to conjure up Seattle’s polar opposite—the place on earth least like our rainy little city—you might come up with Dubai, crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates. This spring, there will be nonstop flights connecting us with the city.
Emirates Airlines already flies direct from New York, San Francisco, Houston, and L.A., but they announced this morning that they’ll add Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle routes. In their press release, the airline notes that it hopes to "further strengthen the airline’s links with Boeing," since it flies so many 777 planes. And Dallas is known for its oil and gas industry, which is also kind of important in the Middle East. That’s all according to the airline’s CEO, otherwise known as His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.
So what’s on the other side? Dubai is known for its big sailboat-looking hotel, the Burj Al Arab, and an artificial archipelago in the shape of the world. Plus there’s a massive water park. But don’t forget, this is the Arabian peninsula, so there’s a lot of sand and it has its detractors.
The flights will start March 1, but remember to pack a long book; it takes 14 and a half hours to fly from SeaTac to Dubai International Airport, enough time to blow through a volume of Proust or two.