Before I went to university, I did a two-year stint as news editor of a couple of trade magazines, one of which was Airports International.
As part of that job, in March 1994, a group of airport-related journalists were flown out to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates to report on the opening of a new airport.
The actual opening, and work-related tours etc, took up barely a day of our visit and for the rest of the time we were ferried around and spoiled rotten.
A particular highlight for many of us was being driven out into the desert - in four by fours - for a meal in a tented encampment, complete with camel rides and authentic belly dancers.
BEST. WORKS. OUTING. EVER.
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