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I bought a smaller camera for those work trips when I head straight from the airport to a meeting.  I don’t like the ‘tourist’ look that a big camera would convey.  I’m also very often visiting the same cities: Dubai, Doha, Paris, Sens, London, Muscat, Khobar and Jeddah.  During most trips, I only get an hour or so of photography time, which is mostly during bright daylight and outdoors; perfect conditions and very manageable with a small camera.  The Nikon is therefore now reserved for proper holidays, and for business trips to off-the-beaten-track locations.

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Whilst I always try to capture my travels when on business, I am inevitably more focussed on the task at hand.  Phone-calls and discussions with colleagues mean many opportunities are simply missed.  Being on holiday allows me more concentration on my photography.

This post summarises my journey – looking out of my window seat.  My favourite shot is the one above of the Thames and Houses of Parliament.  Have a look at the larger version for more detail.

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This special camera greats anyone arriving into Kuwait and instantly measures their body temperature.  With Swine Flu officially a global pandemic, and the airports getting busier with the summer holiday season, it’s a good precaution to take.

Today’s flight to Dubai was delayed, security checks took ages and boarding took more than an hour… I miss the quiet days.

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For some time now, I’ve not travelled as often as I would expect.  Some trips were cancelled, others postponed.  It has been great staying home, but it’s now time to play catch-up.  

The airports I’ve been through today, Kuwait, Dubai and Paris, were all surprisingly quiet.  This photograph was taken this morning at Kuwait International Airport.

I took this from a Gulf Air flight out of Kuwait this morning. The weather was beautiful and clear. The plane was banking to the right and I found myself staring at this view of KWI. For the first time, I noticed the name “Kuwait” written on the ground in that huge lettering. I wonder if they’re lower beds? It seems too big an area. Have a look at the larger version by clicking the photograph.

I fly through many airports around the world, and I still think Kuwait’s is one of the best.  Even though I now associate cigarette smoke smell with the lady’s voice calling the gates, and that KWI doesn’t have good shops and restaurant, it scores high where it counts.  For me, the most important factors are world class: Good highway connection, close/cheap long term parking, short distances to walk between gates and lounges, and most importantly it takes less than 25 minutes to do everything – whether departing or arriving.  

This will change, and soon, with all the planned expansions and runways.  We currently have 8 million passengers coming through Kuwait, the new airport will have a capacity of 20 million.  I have a friend working on this project but he’s unable to share with me anything confidential. Al Watan Daily had an article on 6th November about the new plans.  Read it here if you’re interested.

It looks like this small airport luxury will be gone soon, so enjoy it! Even with the Hajj rush starting soon…

My travel agent had told me that the only direct flight to Muscat yesterday was KLM. I arrived at my gate and saw an Oman Air flight parked at the gate next door.  It was bound for Muscat and even taking off a few minutes before the KLM flight!

While waiting for my blood pressure to drop back to 3 and 2 digits, I asked the suit by the gate entrance, and he assured me that I had made a better choice.  The Oman air flight stops at Dubai on the way!

The national carrier of Oman doesn’t have direct flight to Muscat from Kuwait – but the Royal Dutch Airlines does.  Crazy world!

This was taken on my way to the airport yesterday.  Most (if not all) early morning flights were cancelled.  Mine was only delayed by an hour.  I couldn’t believe how low the visibility was – nor how it was concentrated only around the airport.  When I left home, it was almost 100% clear!

With temperatures reaching 50°C (higher) and schools closing, it’s time to reclaim the world of airports and hotels.  This is the only time of year when I disassociate waiting at gates and checking into hotels with business travel.

The photograph above was taken some time ago at Kuwait airport.  Look up next time you’re there.