MTV Arabia Or Bust: I Embark On A 48-Hour Trip To Dubai

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It's 7:30 Tuesday morning, and I've been out all night. Haven't slept yet, and it's beginning to catch up. I should know better, but what can I say? I love Monday night in New York. For me, it's the first night of the working week ahead, and the one night when I really should be home in bed and asleep by 1 a.m. at the latest. But like I said, I love New York (the city, not Flava Flav's ex, just to be clear!), and when the city calls, who am I to say no?

After dinner downtown, the atmosphere was electric last night, and some of the city's best-known faces came out to play. When it came time to leave, let's just say I had a little party still left in me, so we jumped into some cars and went straight to my favorite after-hours spot in Soho. The party was already in full swing when we got there, and even though it was already around 3 a.m., it didn't look like it was going to stop anytime soon. Does no one in New York have work on Tuesdays? I guess not. Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say we had fun!

Fast forward a couple of hours, and I'm sitting at this great 24-hour restaurant, satisfying a craving I'd been having for macaroni and cheese. Then my alarm goes off. I must have known that I'd get a little carried away on my Monday night out and forget that I had a flight leaving at 9 a.m. from JFK. I've never looked forward to getting on a plane more than right now — and that's a big statement from someone who hates flying as much as I do. But right now, sleep is catching up on me, and 12 hours on a flat airplane bed sounds just fine. I'm flying on Emirates Airlines direct to Dubai, and I'm sure anyone who's flown Emirates Airlines before will agree, these guys are doing their thing. I admit, I am a little biased. Emirates is the official sponsor of the greatest football team in the world, Arsenal FC, but that's beside the point. I'm on a bit of a whirlwind trip (48 hours, to be exact) to helm the launch of MTV's newest channel, MTV Arabia. And like my boss said, "With 200 million viewers tuning in for the launch, don't mess it up!" Good advice. Thankfully, though, I won't be going it alone. Alongside the MTV Arabia team and my partner in crime, MTV producer Aaron Pinkston (who'll be documenting my entire trip), I'll be joined by two of hip-hop's biggest names: Akon and Ludacris, who are both performing on the big show tomorrow. It's going to be big, so look out for more from Akon, Luda and myself as we spend the next 48 hours here in Dubai.