Monday, June 2, 2014

Day 12: Tour Comes to a Close

We were expected to check out of the Golden Tulip Al Barsha by 11 AM. Due to how late we all stayed up the previous night due to the "Last Night of Tour" festivities, it was a struggle for people to stay awake. However, we were all able to check out and load our luggage on the bus for our last day in Dubai. 

The Club poses outside of the Burj al Arab, the most expensive hotel in the world!
Since our flight wasn't until 8:30 PM, we decided to take a bus tour of Dubai for the majority of the day. We visited a multitude of places, such as the Burj al Arab, dubbed "The world's only 7 star Hotel"; the palace of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, called the Zabeel; and the Souk Madinat, a famous shop where many people bought souvenirs.
The Souk Madinat.
The Club poses outside of the Zabeel.
After a brief stop for lunch, we stopped at the Consulate of the United States of America in Dubai, where we met Robert Waller, the American Consul General of Dubai. After a brief chat with Mr. Waller about what the Consulate does, we had an impromptu concert. We performed four of our more American songs: “Blue Skies,” “Shenandoah,” “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” and, of course, our national anthem. The Consulate was a very great space to sing in, as the acoustics allowed for a lot of reverberation. Hearing the ringing chords of these four songs sent chills down many people’s spines. It was a truly memorable performance.
The United States Consulate.
Local artwork in the Consulate - each one represents one of the seven emirates in the UAE.
Charlie McClelland (C'15) poses with a badge. 
Our badges to get into the Consulate. 

After leaving the Consulate, we headed to Dubai International Airport and boarded our flight to Doha. We had a four-hour layover in Doha, so people split up to explore the recently opened Hamad International Airport in Doha. In addition to having a spectacular food court, the airport also had a "computer lab," a play area for children, multiple stores, and, strangely enough, an animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex! 
Only 16 more hours until we're stateside!
Who knew dinosaurs weren't extinct?

After saying a few goodbyes - a couple Clubbers weren't joining us on our flight back to Philadelphia - we boarded the plane. After another 12-hour flight, we finally landed in Philadelphia this morning. After claiming our bags, the 2013-2014 University of Pennsylvania Glee Club finally said goodbye to each other. 
We're home! Only one more baggage claim to go!
We'd now like to take the time to thank some people who made this trip - and this blog! - possible: 

-Joseph Ooi (E/W'15), for making this tour possible
-Kyle Andrews (E'09), for helping us get a stellar flight package from Qatar Airways 
-Jackson Foster (E'14), Zach Costa (E'14), Stephanie Garace (C'15), Charlie McClelland (C'15), Arjun Shankar (E'17), and Matthew Howard (E'17) for providing photographs for this Tour Blog
-Kristen Stevens for the awesome Tour Shirt design
-Salman Al-Ansari and Navin Valrani for sponsoring parts of the tour in Doha and Dubai, respectively

Thanks a ton for reading this tour blog! It really means a lot to us. 

To our graduating seniors: you will be sorely missed. Thanks for as many as four years of outstanding service to this great group that we can all call a part of our family. 

To the Clubbers returning next year: we'll see you in August! 

That's all folks! Have a great summer!

The Penn Glee Club


  1. Glad you all ended your tour on a high note. I lived for a year just 1 block from the Golden Tulip - sorry I wasn't still there to see you. Sing on !!!
    Brad Wilson '79 accompanist

    1. We're sorry we missed you! Thanks for reading the blog, and keep in touch!