DAVID BENAFEL, friend from Eugene OR, and whom I visited in Mali in 2012, has been working in Tanzania. The easiest way to get to Dar-es Salaam, its major city, is by Emirates Air, via their home base, Dubai. His contract was up in May, so April 2016 was the time to go.
Yes, Emirates flies from Seattle (twice daily actually) to Dubai, in 14.5 hours give or take a wind or so, in a spanking new Boeing 777. Among many "...est in the world..." (see Wikipedia), it is the largest operator of Boeing 777's.
Seems the farther one flies east (or west) the more northerly the route: here is the snow and ice of the north shore of Greenland in setting sunlight.
With the sun set, and dinner service done, time to turnoff the lights, turn on the stars, kick back and watch the screen in the seat back in front. Note the very limited number of illuminated reading lights....the digital screens rule.
After all the hours, the sun has risen, and its close to high noon as we glide over the sands and expanding urban infrastructure of Dubai, or a neighboring Emirate.
Now low enough on Dubai International's approach I found this circular building on Google Maps: the Uptown Midriff Shopping Center, one of the many for which the Emirate is known.
A more well known site is the Palm Jumeirah, one of three land reclamation projects to build up-scale residences, hotels, leisure centers, etc..
Terminal three, solely occupied by Emirates Air, is built to handle a large number of concurrent arrivals.
And the Metro, which runs