Its funny I loved Dubai airport (well it was 7 years ago I used it and it may well have changed so far beyond recognition as the rest of Dubai has in that time) tbh I wouldn't choose to spend any time in an airport, I will always be opting for at least 1 nights stop over somewhere
Originally Posted by Pesty650
We flew Singapore airlines like many of the posters here -fantastic! we took the airbus, so it didn't even feel like you wree flying. The staff can't do enough for you, food is great. We didn't even do a stop over, just hung out in singapore airport for a couple hours, had a look at the butterfly garden (beautiful) then flew on to Adelaide. Couldn't have been smoother... highly recommended:)
best zoo in the world in Singapore .
We flew Etihad who were great and although we didnt fly into Dubai we did fly into Abu Dhabi so dont know if this is feasable. As they are also UAE i am sure they do fly into Dubai. They also have sister companies including Quantas.
how long did the flights take all in , we.re in 2 minds wether to do it all in 1 day or have a singapore stop over for a few days to re-charge the batteries & let the kids see the zoo .
Manchester to Abu Dhabi 7hrs 15, 3 hour stopover
Abu Dhabi to Sydney 14hrs 5.
About the same coming back from Brisbane via Dubai.
I know they fly via Singapore as our plane was delayed there coming back and they put us on an Emirates flight.
Etihad were great from start to finish and i was worried about the leg room as my son is 6ft 4 but had no problems unlike the one leg of the Emirates flight which was awful.
Etihads service, food and leg room was great plus they only had rows of 2 and 4 seats and people with young children were given cots.
Unfortunately one leg of Emirates was bad, as they had a middle row of about 6 people which is not nice on a long haul flight especially if the person next to you keeps falling asleep on you!! Our main complaint was each seat had a box under it (dont know what for) which mean even me at 5ft 5 couldnt put my legs out. Must admit the 2nd leg with Emirates was fine though.
A tip for booking your seats, dont book near toilet as people always passing you, and dont book near the front unless you want to be around young children as this is where all the cots are. Although to be honest the plane didnt seem to event the young children when landing so we were lucky.
dont know what to do , anyway we, in no rush to get down there , but think we probably head off in march , start to finish only took us 5months to get through the whole process , my wife is a nurse so it was all rather quick process or us to get a 176 visa . just about to put the house on the market to see how it goes , if we don,t have any joy will take it back off until after xmas , & if we sell soon we will head off march or before .
I'm off to Adelaide in December for Christmas with family. Flying Singapore airlines an having a 3 day stopover in Singapore. Very excited about that (though hate flying!) and haven't decided what to do there yet. Will let you know what it's like and if there is anything you want me to find out while I'm there..just let me know!
We are taking the airbus with Singapore Airlines in April (have booked the Fear of Flying course with Virgin in the mean time!!!) We are doing a 2 day stop over in Singapore, can anyone tell me what the zoo is called? The kids would love that & is it easy enough to get to? thanks
The zoo in Singapore is called Singapore Zoo . It is fantastic in our opinion. You can have breakfast with the Orangutans and the enclosures are very low key.
I would recommend the night safari, in fact it is a must do, we loved it. It has it's own website and I remember it being not too hard to find or get to as we caught the train/tube there.
There is always Sentosa Island. Catch a cable car ride to Sentosa Island, with rides and attractions, including the light and music fountain.
Also if like me, you have some interest in history I would recommend "The Battle Box" in Fort Canning Park. World War 2 command bunker, with models and a museum, very interesting stuff !! I know it doesn't sound it, but I was interested anyway:)
All in all Singapore is a lovely place for a family to spend a few days, something for everyone. Don't even get me started on the food, WOW !!!!