Traveling to Dubai for a workshop I took the mid day flight. You can imagine I was very happy when the captain did announce we would be 25 minutes early. It really makes a difference if you arrive before midnight or only after.
But guess what, instead of docking at a gate they did park the aircraft in the dessert, meaning – according to their announcement – a bus transfer of up to half an hour. So I finally got to my room at half past one with alarm to be set at 6:00 AM.