United Arab Emirates
MINGLE A CHORUS OF ‘‘What a Wonderful World” with a few bars of “Getting to Know You” and maybe add a dash of “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” and you have a theme song for entertaining clients in a city full of international attractions where networking provides an important introduction to business dealings (which may not always start on time). Dubai has its own routine. Clients like to get to know you before signing on; the attitude toward time is relaxed; and locals are accustomed to a glamorous, elegant, international lifestyle.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
RIDING A FESTOONED camel through sand dunes as tall as canyons, my daughter and I feel like characters from a fairy tale. We gallivant across flaxen hills of sand with nothing but desert in sight, our hands firmly grasping our camels’ humps. In harmony, we think of Aladdin and The Arabian Nights stories based on Middle Eastern fairy tales, set in unnamed lands of enchantment. Thus, entranced, we scour the ground for a genie and his lamp. It could happen — in Abu Dhabi.