Big City Tales

Defying Gravity and the Desert Sand in Dubai | March 16, 2018

Whenever I think about the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the famous movie line “If you build it, they will come” pops into my mind. From the Burj Khalifa to the Palm Jumeirah and the Miracle Garden, city planners and architects are defying gravity and the desert sand with their incredible world-class and record-breaking creations.

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Mega Structures

While the Burj Khalifa has bragging rights as the world’s tallest building and is a veritable mega-tall skyscraper, it certainly isn’t the only mega structure in Dubai.

Indeed, with 73 buildings standing at 200 metres in height and 18 standing at 300 metres, looking up (WAY UP!) is part and parcel of the city’s appeal. Overall, Dubai’s skyline ranks in the top 10 tallest skylines in the world.

Along with the Dubai Marina district, skyscrapers are clustered in the Business Bay district, and along Sheikh Zayed Road, where the Burj Khalifa is located in the Downtown Dubai development.

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Multicultural Shopping Mecca

Just like its numerous high-rises and skyscrapers, Dubai boasts many shopping malls and is known for its market districts, called souks.

Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping centre and includes 1,200 shops that have attracted millions of bargain hunters and jet setters alike from around the world. The mall is also home to a luxury hotel, aquarium and underwater zoo, theme park, 22-screen cinema and rain forest cafe.

Millionaire Playground

Tourism is an important part of Dubai’s economic engine and complexes such as the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis, The Palm provide the perfect playground for millionaire get-away vacations.

Man-made islands such as the Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali also appeal to the rich and famous. The islands contain residential, leisure and entertainment centres and take the form of palm trees when viewed from above.

When the sand and water gets to be too much, refuge can be found in the Dubai Miracle Garden where over 100 million flowers bloom in, of course, the world’s largest natural flower garden. The garden is also listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the largest flower arrangement/structure that forms the shape of an Airbus A380 plane.

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