This year Russian Engineering Union (REU) invited students from School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME) of the National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Pakistan, along with students of renowned universities from around the world to attend the Engineer's of the Future Conference held at Irkutsk region, Russia. My brother being a student of SCME at NUST was the part of the delegation consisting of four students, Qassam Sarmad, Moiz Butt, Nadia Naseer and Maryam Adhami, along with a professor, Sir Nadeem Ehsan.
|Dubai International Airport|
They had a connecting flight to Irkutsk from Islamabad by Emirates so I’ll be covering their transits in Dubai and China, respectively, for now and then you’ll see more in the upcoming parts.
On their way to Dubai from Islamabad, they were fasting as it was the month of Ramadan, therefore didn’t eat anything in the 2.30 hour flight and just watched the movie ‘Olympus has fallen’ to pass their time.
|Burger King for Iftaar|
|Costa Coffee and Heineken Bar|
On this next flight, which was of about 6.30 to 7 hours, they caught up on their sleep and watched different movies.
|Beijing Airport, China|
|Chinese Fried Rice|
For dinner apart from my brother (who doesn't eat any kind of seafood at all), everybody ordered Chinese Fried Rice with prawns, while my brother ordered a fruit salad. No offence and no surprises, the fried rice ofcourse wasn't anything near to how we locally prefer to eat, with completely cooked seafood, so actually all that strong smell from the prawns, which most of us Pakistanis aren't really used to of, forced everybody to share the fruit salad with my brother. It was a relatively short stay of 4 hours, so after dinner, they explored around and most of the shops were closed as it was night time so they took some photos and after going to the designated gate tried their luck at the currency exchange but there were no Rubels available on Beijing airport so they decided to get it done in Russia itself, later on. Once on board to Irkutsk, for the flight duration of about 3 hours, they found the S7 Airline plane smaller than the Emirates one, didn't have their seats together and slept some more, as for food only meat and fish were available which they opted not to eat due to the halal issues.
I'll continue from Irkutsk airport in my next post so make sure to check back in for the NUSTians' ventures around Irkutsk, Russia.
I hope you all enjoyed today's post and I hope this information helps you out to some extent on your transits! :) x