Don't want to take the focus away from the original question, so another that can offer info to the original question, please, by all means do so.
I do have a different question, if we can work two questions, in the same post.
We have a 7 hour lay over in Dubai, on the way home. From 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. If it was early in the day I'd be tempted to hire a quick tour of the city and the "sites" but in as much as I am assuming it will be dark for most of the 5 hours, that seems impractical. I've been told that the Dubai airport has a quite a few shops, restaurants, etc., more the most airports. If that is true, are there any special shops, restaurants, etc that you might recommend, in as much as it looks like we'll be there for more than a few minutes.