First of all...Great to hear that you're going back to the UAE for a visit. You used to live in Dubai, no? Well, let me tell you something--be prepared for a big SHOCK--Dubai's constantly changing, so you might not recognize it! I'm also glad you're going to visit Abu Dhabi, too...It's a great city (lived there my entire life til I left for college last August!) that suffers from underexposure and the behemoth that is Dubai!
Anyway...I've flown KL
/NW so far for my trips back and forth between Detroit (I go to U of Michigan) and Abu Dhabi (ie. 1 roundtrip and a half so far). I LOVE NW
's A330 service between DTW
, with AVOD, relatively comfy seats, and nice, courteous, professional crew (for the most part). The food isn't too bad, either. Also, the McNamara Terminal is probably my favorite airport terminal in the world so far--rivaling DXB
in terms of modernity, convenience, and sheer elegance (except in the duty free department).
Now, I unfortunately do NOT recommend KLM. AMS
is a nice airport, I suppose (though a bit on the expensive side), but coming off of a brand new A330, KL
's ancient 767's pale in comparison in almost ever aspect. KL
's flight attendants are better than NW
's, though, and are kind of their saving grace for me.
Sooo....What I would suggest is flying NW
's A330 to Frankfurt. There, you can catch one of the (I think) 3 (?) EK
flights to Dubai or a GF
flight to BAH/AUH. On the other hand, if you feel like giving KLM a try, you can fly through AMS
to, say, DXB
, and return from AUH, as KLM serves both cities daily.
I'm going to AUH for spring break next Thursday..It'll be my first time on BA
, so I can't wait!
Hope that helped, Michael! And good luck with your plans!
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