Here’s some snapshots from my recent trip to the outrageously outlandish cosmopolitan capital of the Middle East. Here the wine and women are aplenty and the buildings and upcoming construction projects even more outrageously whimsical than the one’s before. It’s one place where big and bold themes seem to rule.
The new cultural icon of modern Dubai, the Burj Al Arab, is an architectural marvel (inspired by the sails of a boat) and claims to be the world’s only seven-star luxury hotel.
The blazing heat of the sun or the sandstorms doesn’t seem like a hindrance to the frenetic construction projects going on all around the city. And each project is out to outdo the previous one in terms of size and sheer audacity. The one on the left is for the Burj Dubai which, upon completion, will have the title of the world’s tallest tower.
Neon is everywhere and seem to be the in-thing in Dubai and working (not in a Vegas kind of way though).
It is these eclectic collection of shops and bars and restaurants in a traditional Arabian souk-themed mall space that makes the Souk Madinat at the Madinat Jumeirah a unique and charming shopping space to walk around, unlike any of the bland and boring box-like malls of suburbia.
The vibrant smile of Modhesh, the cute little charmer and icon of the Dubai Summer Festival is everywhere to welcome you and keep you company. Artifacts that signify the Persian culture and tradition, like this silver camel, is there to surprise you and refresh you of Arabia. It is these old and new world characters that add that much needed warmth to an otherwise frenetically paced, traffic clogged and burning hot Dubai.