This past week saw the beginning and end of Group Medical Training (GMT) and this is the one I was most apprehensive about. Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t even like to give myself paracetamol, however after this week of intense training, I now feel incredibly prepared for many a medical situation that may arise on board an aircraft. I have learnt so much and it really was an interesting week.
After a busy week of revising, practicing and completing practical assessments and an exam I PASSED and I am now able to deliver a baby, perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), treat anaphylactic reactions, treat burns, injuries, fractures and dislocations and a whole host of other things! I guess you could call me Nurse North now?
In the middle of the week (Tuesday) my parents and sister landed into Dubai International Airport. I had told them that I would be too busy studying for my GMT – which I thought I would – however, I had been tracking the flight and made a last minute decision to take my studying to the airport and surprise them for when they land! After a delay, and me waiting for two hours in the airport they FINALLY walked through arrivals. Of course they were the last to come through.
When the weekend arrived after passing my GMT (I can’t believe two areas of my training are now complete, only 3 more to go!) I was able to join my family on their holiday and spend some much needed quality time with them. After college I quickly dashed home, packed my suitcase and took a cab down to the hotel which they were staying at.
The Double Tree by Hilton by Jumeriah Beach was amazing and it was lovely to wake up to a beautiful view of the beach which captured the Atlantis Hotel on The Palm. Not only this, it was an all you can eat breakfast which I took FULL advantage of by having a much missed full english breakfast, lots of fresh fruit and tasty pastries! Anyway, before I got to breakfast, on the Thursday evening I had made a reservation at Asia Asia in the Dubai Marina after a couple of recommendations from friends and it seriously did not disappoint. The views from the restaurant were unreal, overlooking the Dubai Marina when it was all lit up at night time. Little boats kept going past every so often and it was nice to look down on them from our table which was on the balcony.
The restaurant had a really good atmosphere and the food was absolutely amazing. It is served in a sharing style so we chose Edamame with Chilli and Garlic, Beef Gyoza with Foie Gras Dim Sum, Shrimp Tempura with Peanut Chilli Sauce and Charcoal Grilled Green Asparagus with Kaffir Lime Oil to start. The starters were to die for and I could have happily gone on eating these all night. The shrimp was a serious favourite and I will most definitely be returning just for that. For our main dishes we ordered Rainbow Sushi, Sweet and Spicy Beef Teriyaki with Grilled Chilli, Tiger Prawn “Kerala Masala” and Sambal Chicken Tajine.
After a lovely meal we walked around the marina and back along JBR to the hotel ready for bed. The next morning we woke early and decided to go to Kite Beach as it is meant to be one of the more popular beaches in Dubai as it overlooks the Burj Al Arab. We didn’t end up staying long as the beach was very exposed with no shelters and there wasn’t many beach huts or places to get food or a drink so after an hour or so we returned to the hotel to use the beach and pool there. This didn’t stop me and my little sister taking mandatory tourist pictures on the beach though!
Late that afternoon we set off to downtown Dubai as me, my mum and sister had booked to go up the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building for anyone who doesn’t know – to watch the sun set. The lift takes you up to the 124th floor in just 60 seconds and then you step out to an incredibly high view. I’m pretty scared of heights so for me it was quite a nerve wracking experience, however the views over Dubai were wonderful and watching the sunset was a beautiful experience.
The next day was our final last day together which made me very sad waking up. I wanted to top up my tan and the rest of the family wanted a relaxing day so we enjoyed another day by the pool and the beach topping up our tans, lounging in the sea and having cocktails at the pool bar – what a wonderful way to spend Halloween.
For the final evening together we had decided to go to the Madinat Resort which is a huge hotel based on the traditional Arabic Souks. There are many different restaurants and shops at The Madinat and its also a maze wandering around there. The resort reminded me a lot of Venice as there are many different canals surrounding the hotel with different walk ways and bridges to get around. Then on the river are little boats which will take you on a tour of the resort for just 70 dirhams. We stopped at a restaurant to get a drink and managed to get a waters edge table even though the place was busy with people and many tables had reserved signs on them. As we had such a good table with a lovely view we decided to stay here to eat and I opted for Moules Marinère which was so scrummy.
Before I knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel so that I could pack up my belongings and say goodbye to my family to get back home to bed ready for the next day of college. I had the most wonderful weekend with them and it went far too quickly. I really didn’t want them to leave after spending the weekend with them, however my Dad has informed me that my Mum has already been looking at flights for when they can next come out and visit again – yay! Thanks for a wonderful weekend you guys, miss you so much already.
The next week at college is a very exciting one! We have Security, Image and Uniform and Nujoum. I will be ditching the red polo tops this week and moving onto the proper emirates uniform which is very exciting. The Image and Uniform day will be such a lovely one and I cannot wait to see all my batch mates in full uniform with their red hats (except Samy who will be looking lovely in his suit I’m sure!). Nujoum is also going to be another exciting one. This day consists of a day full of surprises and is a big secret kept amongst the cabin crew, so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store, however I won’t be able to tell you about it as it is kept a surprise for future cabin crew!