You Say Dubai, I Say Hello.
This time next week, I'll be en route to Dubai, UAE for the IDF World Congress. I was invited to travel with the team at Novo Nordisk, and I'm honored to be part of their discussion panel and to take in part of the IDF Congress first hand.
Okay, that sounded nice and formal, like I am completely in emotional control of the situation. Which is a stark contrast from the HOLY EFF!! conversation going on in my head. Because, if you know me at all, you know I'm a travel spazz.
I have never been to the Middle East before. The farthest from home I've ever been is Barcelona, Spain, and Chris and I traveled together. So even though we were in a place where we didn't fluently speak the language, we had one another to keep watch. (Like when my blood sugars tanked in the airport, for example. Had I not been with Chris, I'm not sure what the outcome of that situation would have been.)
However, I'm flying solo (not literally - there are sure to be hundreds of people on these flights, but no one I personally know) to Dubai, so I'm a little nervous. The travel days are long - somewhere from 12 to 17 hours of travel time - and the time change is significant. Dubai is nine hours ahead of the east coast, so I'll be leaving Boston early in the morning and arriving in Dubai ... early in the morning. It's like time travel. Only without a Delorean.
And I've never, ever been anywhere like this before. My limited exposure to all things Dubai is scouring the Internet and talking with Abby about the Kardashians. (It was a short discussion, and one I'm embarrassed to have had. Thankfully, Abby does not judge me ... publicly.) I have no idea what's acceptable/what's not. I've heard that you shouldn't/can't take photos of landmarks. I've heard that the dress code for Western women is still very strict. I've heard that there are camels. (This one is true, I think.) I've also heard that you can do whatever and wear whatever, and it's all good.
So this is where you guys come in: Have any of you ever been to Dubai? What should I be packing to wear? What should I be bringing? Where should I visit? How do you manage diabetes stuff with such a stark time change? What should I know before I leave (next week)?
Any/all advice is very welcome. And appreciated!!!