Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Dubai: Same country, different place

On to Dubai, the biggest city in the UAE. And the best. Dubai has been growing at a frenetic pace. There are buildings coming up everywhere, including buildings being developed on man made islands in the shape of a palm... the tallest building in the world... buildings of every shape possible. It's hard to imagine that this sort of development can be sustained. But it's worth going there just to see how things are going. Speaking of going there, they are also building a six runway airport.

This is my own photograph of the Burj Al Arab hotel. I don't usually find buildings all that attractive.

This is the beach next to the hotel. It is not a picture of bikini clad beach bathers.

Next to the Burj Al Arab is another hotel with an attached mall. They have tried to create a sort of an Arab Venice. The canals are of course decorative. The construction is very tasteful. Being there felt very pleasant.

Me in a mall in Dubai watching a world cup game. The screen was huge, the crowd was large, and we had front row seats.