Arrival

Arrival

After 30+ hours of travel, I have made it to my new home at the Zara Continental Hotel in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Preparation

Leading up the flights, I was admittedly nervous. I have never been on a plane for 17 hours straight. I was not sure what to expect. I had heard good things about Qatar Airways though. I made sure to get all of my travel essentials: pajama pants, comfy shoes, Dramamine, etc.

The Flights

This flight was done right. It honestly did not feel that long. I watched several movies from the great media server at each seat. I ate some fantastic food. I flew DFW > DOH, and it was 17 hours. Upon arrival to Doha, it was clear that this was the home of Qatar Airways. The airport looked beautiful. I checked into the Qatar Privilege club, and this place blew me away. It felt like a giant country club. The restaurant was on the second floor and overlooked the whole club. After eating a delicious filet, it was time to head to the gate and board. This second leg was my first time aboard the new 787 Dreamliner plane. My expectations were met. To be honest, I am glad I spent the 17 hours on a 777, but the first class on the Dreamliner was very cool too.

Immigration

I haven’t traveled a lot internationally, so this was all new to me. But, the process went swiftly for me. It was nice that my flight arrived between busy rushes. I made my way to the front and quickly got through. I truly feel welcomed here. I was able to meet a couple of my coworkers waiting in line.

Hotel

I grabbed a cab with a future coworker, and we headed to the Zara Continental, our home for the next 2 years. Pulling up, there is construction going on, but you can see that it is a pretty building. I got all checked in very rapidly, and now I am residing in my room.

Thoughts

Overall, I am very pleased with the way the whole process went. I am a big guy, and sometimes I don’t always fit in small places (airplanes), but this trip relieved a lot of my stress-points. I do recommend to anyone that is relocating for business, try to reach out and establish some contacts before you leave. Even though I had set my phone up with international service, apparently, I did not update one setting, so my phone did not work. Luckily, I was able to run into some other Aramco employees, and we figured it out.

I will be adding some pictures to my next post. But I wanted to get this post up.

I look forward to sharing my journey with y’all

Until next time,

Craig Trevor Weichmann

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