This is my first trip report in Flight Report. I am a Persian member living in Toronto and I wanted to cover my trip from Tehran to Dubai on my way to Hong Kong on December 2012 (last year).
As you all know, Iran is very badly portrayed by the media but thanks to the internet people can now go and by looking at the pictures and reading articles about Iranians learn that what they see in media about the people of Iran is not true. Our government totally sucks and Iranians hate them too but we can't do anything as they hold the power and is a total dictatorship. But behind all these I am glad to say that I have the biggest collection of Tehran pictures on the net, More than 60,000 pictures spread over more than 550 pages at my collection below on Skyscrapercity or by simply typing Tehran pictures on google, the first option is the link to my blog:
Here you can see the daily life in Tehran and many cityscapes.
Tehran is a huge vibrant metropolis, the biggest city in the middle east with more than 14 Million people. It's such a cool city with great people, very modern with an amazing metro system, highways, shopping centers, coffee shops, restos and the list goes on. Although we have a crazy government and they put rules and restrictions on people, people still try to enjoy their life and our lives are separate and very much disconnected from the government there. Unfortunately we have a dress code imposed by the government that women have to wear a scarf and an overcoat in public and men can't wear shorts. Also alcohol is banned in Iran and most people smuggle them into the country.
To make it short I put some pictures from my blog in here, Tehran is such a nice and cool city, very safe for tourists too and of course it's better if you sign up with a tour company if you visit Iran since it's easier to get around.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and best wishes for a great new year for everyone :)
Some sample pix of Tehran below:
Iranians have very diverse looks from middle eastern looks to blonde features with green/blue eyes. Below you can see how people look and also see the dress code but Persian women have a very great sense of style and even with the dress code, they always try to look their best outside on the streets.
pix by Ninara from Flickr
In Niavaran Park Tehran
Iranians with very diverse looks- This is picture of a photographer's gathering in Tehran's Artist House
It snows in Tehran in winter and Tehran has 3 awesome ski resorts in its mountains
Tehran's Metro Map
older map of Tehran with highways in orange it has 6 more highways added that are not shown here as they are always building new highways
I don't want to talk too much as a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy :)
Below are pix from Tehran's International Airport
It is hard to take pictures at night due to reflection
Passport Control view from the air side
You can't go to the boarding halls unless your flight is called for boarding and have to hang out in the Duty Free area, once called you pass a security check point and go to board your plane.
Our gate was to the very end
Boarding the plane
DXB visible below
We went to the north of the city made a U Turn over the desert and landed
Burj Khalifa visible in the distance
Thanks so much for reading my TR and I look forward to share more with you in the near future :)
Tehran - IKA
Dubai - DXB
Unfortunately I need to give my honest opinion but I have to say I did not enjoy flying Emirates that much as I took them all the way to Hong Kong and all the way back to Tehran. The seats were not too comfortable. Each time after I woke up from sleep I had a very bad neck pain, also the leg room was average. The food did not taste that good and the food tray is so crowded with so many items that it's almost overflowing.
I like Alitalia's New A330 way more along with KLM, their seats are more comfortable than Emirates.
But Dubai airport is amazing. I loved every bit of it. So beautiful and so many shops to wander around. It's definitely one of my most favorite airports.
Hong Kong was lovely as always and I had been to Dubai and that's one of my most favorite cities as well.
Thank you all and I'll try to find time to post more trip reports :)
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I am more than happy to welcome you onboard Flight Report !
Very vivid description of Iran and Tehran with great pictures which of course reminds my trip there.
Your introduction is very interesting and detailled however the FR itself lacks of comments once you are onboard.
I flew DXB IFN/SYZ DXB with IR, what a memory ;-) and of cours EK offers a younger and better (safer ?) products than IR but as a Flight Reporter i would again choose IR, probably not the choice of Mrs Mud
Thanks again for posting and sharing this FR with us !
ps: for anyone interested in reading my FR/TR onboard IR
http://flight-report.com/en/report-1070.html in french
Thanks so much for the warm welcome. Yes, sorry as I did not have too much time to write up description of every pic. Also your TR thanks so much for sharing :)
Amazing report the photos are absolutely breathtaking, tehran looks great!!! Ek standard excellence as always. Thanks for sharing and a very warm welcome to FR!
Thanks so much Aircanada, truly appreciate it :)
Thanks for sharing ! Indeed more comments are needed on the flight itself. Also, in my view, there are too many duplicate (or so) pics of the airport terminal in Tehran and also of DXB airport upon landing.
That said, the Tehran portion of the report makes it unique and very interesting... glad to see pictures of Iran other than nuclear plants!
Thank you Durian :)
Thanks for sharing your first FR and welcome aboard
Great pictures of Teheran
It seems to be an old aircraft so maybe that's why the seat are not comfortable
The flight number should be EK976
Yes, the aircrafts were a bit old, but one of them from Dubai to Hong Kong was new and a bit better. thanks a lot Lagentsecret :)
Hi and welcome on Flight-Report !
I hope you won't be hassled by your gvt due to your freedom of speach.
Thanks for your beautiful pix of Tehran.
Thanks so much Aerogusz :)
Welcome and thanks for your first FR.
Nice pictures of Teheran. I really wish I could go there, but it's practically impossible to find a tour group from france nowadays.
Every people that I know who went to Iran came back saying it was a beautiful country with nice people.
Very good service on EK for a flight of this duration.
Thanks very much KL651 :)
Hey! Great to finally see one of your reports!
Thanks so much for the detailed exposé of Tehran. It really is a very beautiful city and you are right, the people seem to have a great sense of style. It is unfortunate that there are so many negative pre-conceived notions of Iran and its people, but as long as the current regime stays in place, they are going to remain. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to have an insiders view of the real Iran! So thanks very much for sharing that with us. BTW your pictures are beautiful!
As for the Flight-Report, there are lots of great pictures; I would encourage you in the future to add a little more text to complement the pics and to describe your flight experience. I don't blame you when you say that the seats are not comfortable. EK has 777s in a 3-4-3 configuration making the seats narrow and uncomfortable. I personally have only flown this configuration once before on an Air France flight and it was the most uncomfortable flight I have EVER had...never again. Thanks again for sharing your first report here with us!
Welcome to Flight-Report!
Thank you sooooooooo much for helping me with numerous question during the past months and also many many thanks for your kind comments. I'm glad to be a part of flight report and many thanks for your help and support. Talk to you soon and best wishes :)
Thanks for this FR, indeed Tehran and Iran are very underrated.
BTW, I assume that the LH and other flights were also arriving/leaving in the early morning, is there a reason for those ungodly schedule?
Thanks very much chlbcha. I know, the international hours for all other carriers from Tehran are between midnight to 5 in the morning and during the day its mostly Iran Air and Mahan flights. I don't know why they do that.
A great tourist bonus and yes, I met enough people from around the world to make the distinction between them and their governments.
Fighting reflections at night when taking pictures of the tarmac can be nightmarish and I won't blame you for them. It looks like there is no significant restriction on taking pictures in the airport, or in the streets, for that matter.
The report would be better with more comments on the various phases of the travel experience, and on how IKA is different or similar to airports in other countries, but the picture coverage is extremely comprehensive, and that is more than a compensation. Reports by an insider from lesser known countries are especially welcoming; thank you for this one and welcome among the website's contributors !
Thanks so much Marathon. Truly appreciate it :)
as long as you don't take pictures from government offices in Iran you should be ok.
Thank you for opening the curtains behind which lies Iran.
Wish to go there one day as there is such a rich civilization to discover.
But not before one can sip a glass of champagne without hiding.
Thanks very much :)
Thanks a lot for these nice pix of Tehran, I would really like to discover the country that was one of our civilisation cradle. I almost had the chance a few years ago, but at that time situation was more difficult than now, so I did not take the chance.
Thanks Alcam, I hope you get to visit soon :)
Welcome and thanks for your description of Tehran.
Nice flight report and always impressive to see all those planes in Dubai.
Thank you Rom :)
Thanks for this report and the tourist bonus with great pictures of Tehran and people of these city.
Thanks Bargl62 :)
Thanks for sharing this fascinating and eye opening report. You managed to put a human face to a country that has often been maligned by Western media. It's unfortunate that sometimes politics get in the way and prevent us from discovering and enjoying the culture and people of some truly special places in the world. Persian culture is magnificent and the food can be out of this world.
Thanks very much Jetsetpand for your kind comment :)
Thanks for this really good first FR !!! And welcome :D
Great spotting !
Very nice Y cabin in EK aircraft :)
Thank you :)
Thank you for this first FR and welcome aboard :) You depicted Tehran like an Iranian friend of mine does...with a mix of warmth and nostalgy. It's indeed not a reported destination, so thanks for adding it. There's also a great report by Mrs mynameismud on the website ;)
I hope to get more reports soon :)
I want to see here more stuffs from Iran now :-)
Thanks very much East African :)
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