I have never thought I'd get a chance to visit Dubai. I know about this booming city in the Middle East because I have relatives and friends who live there. But little did I know that I'd get to see it for myself.
My flight to Paris via Emirates had a stopover in Dubai, so I grabbed the opportunity to stay in the city and visit my Uncle and Aunt and their kids for a few days. It was convenient to get a tourist visa to Dubai through the Emirates online visa application service. I only needed to fill out an online form, attach some documents, and pay around US$ 70. After a few days, the electronic visa was sent to me via email. I only needed to print it and show it to the Immigration upon arrival.