I arrived on time at 7.30pm into a bustling, busy and opulent Abu Dhabi International Airport. The vibe at this airport is very cosmopolitan and multicultural. East meets West and everything else in between. The ceilings are low and to me felt claustrophobic. Busy high end expensive shops and arrivals coming into the same hallways as departures gave a slightly chaotic arrival experience, but I followed the signs, cleared immigration (sweating it slightly since my passport is so full of stamps that there is very little space left for new ones, hum need to figure out if I have to get a new passport before my trip to Bolivia and Peru) and met Ben at the arrivals hall. So approx. 24 hours after leaving the US I am now in the Middle East!
A quick and efficient 15 minute taxi ride and we arrive at Ben's apartment.