Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Dubai, from the Burj Khalifa



For anything extravagant, over the top, supersize, and marked by superlative-laden visuals and experiences, Dubai never disappoints. For every visit to this cutting-edge Middle Eastern state, you'll find that she always seems to aim to outdo herself. 

For four consecutive years I've been visiting Dubai not to indulge in bacchic drinking, frolicking on its sandy beaches, and shopping, but to visit my family. It's triple special this year as for the first time in five years, we were all together in one place, we have a new baby boy, and I celebrated my birthday with them. 

I went to see one particular tourist attraction which I've not been to in my previous trips. In a city where you always negotiate the biggest, scope the widest, and cruise the longest, it's a must to scale the tallest.




Please click the video to experience the lift ride to the viewing deck, called At The Top, on the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa. It was a trip on its own, and designed both to dazzle and distract as you can imagine the ear discomfort a 60-second flight up to the 124th floor can cause.


North side view of Dubai's financial district


Overlooking The Address, the 5-star luxury hotel attached to Dubai Mall, and the famous landmark Dubai Fountain


Visible from as far as 95km, the world's tallest building casts a shadow.


Burj Al Arab is a speck from a distance


My sister and I mucking around while waiting for the sunset


One educational and entertainment feature of the observation deck is the Behold Telescope, an augmented reality (AR) device which allows visitors to take a closer look at the surrounding landscape in real-time or in various previously saved time and weather conditions. 

Downtown Dubai, with The Address visible, during the day.


Downtown Dubai in real-time


The view at night


Pre-modernisation all-desert landscape, just as how I remember the Middle East in the 80s when I lived as a child in Saudi Arabia


The sun aglow and preparing to call it a day


Nearly two hours into entering the record books as the ticket says, the sun was still basking up in the sky.




Leaving on a jet plane smoke trail....






And so the sun goes...



Everyone was still scrambling for the best sunset shots--including myself--when my sister decided to move behind. She captured this one and posted on her instagram, which she kindly lent me for this blog post.

It was a well-spent time with my sister and mother, and a beautiful ending to the day. 

It was worth the wait.



Please click here for information on how to visit the Burj Khalifa when you make a stop in Dubai.


23 comments:

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  2. "… always negotiate the biggest, scope the widest, and cruise the longest, it's a must to scale the tallest."
    "… designed both to dazzle and distract…"
    I love how you string words together in this entry.

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    1. Thank you Walter :) It helps to have a break from my computer :)

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  3. Wow! Amazing view, and the sunset is beautiful. I love your sister's pic of the crowd?
    I think I'd find it impossible to go up a building that high - as I get older I have developed a fear of heights. I couldn't go up the Eiffel Tower last time we were in Paris. Strange, as I never had this fear when I was younger!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! What's interesting was even though the building was so high, it didn't feel as such when we were up there. I don't know how to explain that. We had to wait for nearly 3 hours for that sunset. It just never seemed to come way up high. Waiting for sunset is peak period and quite difficult to book, so it was worth it :)

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  4. These shots are incredible! I am amazed at the Instagram images, it's so nice that you were able to spend such a lovely time with your mum and sister. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Enjoy your week. xx/Madison

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    1. Thanks Madison! It was indeed a lovely time with my mum and sister. I'm not sure when it'll happen again. I think my sister takes better instagram photos. Must be a generation thing. Have a lovely weekend too x

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  5. Love the video and the photos - I absolutely want to visit Dubai. I've been very close to booking several times but then opted for other places in the end. Maybe in 2015...

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    1. Thanks Anouka! I'm sure you'll enjoy Dubai or find something you'll enjoy in Dubai, so go for it! :)

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  6. No matter how many times I visit Dubai, I'm always in awe of the size and design of the Burj Khalifa. You took some amazing photos particularly the shadow and I like your sister's image too. You did well to get tickets for such a popular time. Happy (belated) Birthday!

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    1. I did think of you when I was doing this post as you're among the ones I know who've been to Dubai so many times. Thanks miss b. The shadow was like a treat. We wanted to go to Burj Khalifa as soon as I arrived in Dubai, but we couldn't get a ticket. We really got lucky on a Friday just when it was a non-working day there :)

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  7. Your photos from Dubai are so beautiful and they're making me feel a tad bit nostalgic haha!
    Hope you had a lovely time and an amazing birthday :)

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    1. Thanks Hayfa! I must say it was easy to take beautiful photos as the views were stunning. Thanks for my birthday greets :)

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  8. JEALOUS!! This is truly stunning, I've never been; you are so fortunate to have family there, how lovely. Those views and sunsets are magical, I bet all your stresses and pains just faded away for that moment you were up there. I can only relate this view to my experience in New York, but something tells me that NY doesn't come close to Dubai. How hot is it at this time of year? Glad you're home safe and well - back to the grind I guess uuuggh! xxx

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    1. Only thing missing At The Top was a cafe, but I'm sure they deliberately didn't set up one as it would always be full house especially around sunset time when everyone wants to catch a glimpse of that stunning view. Try going between Jan 2 and Feb 2 as it's the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. Everything is on sale up to 75% off (can hear your heartbeat from here) everywhere and I mean everywhere in the whole of Dubai! The temp is also ideal as the max is only 22 degrees celsius. It's warmer during the day by the sea. So, book soon!!! xx

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  9. Not only you've been to Dubai several times, but you also have family there?! I'm really jealous, that has been my dream destination for ages and I'm sure you get to experience it better, more in depth and more fully if you do it with locals. And I always love observation decks overlooking the city. I live in a measly town in which the tallest building has only 5 floors so I love skyscrapers and the view of such spectacular skylines... And when you throw a sunset in the mix, well... Now you get why I'm jealous.:)

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    1. Oh Peet, you made me laugh again! You must go then! It's not expensive if you get deals via lastminute or expedia. It's Dubai Shopping Festival also in January so rates are cheaper and the weather won't roast you to perfection. Go go go! But be prim and proper though. Hahaha.

      I tend to overlook sometimes that I have family there. But I'm sure it would be fun to spend it friends also. Or your bf. But not sure how the locals would take that. Try it?

      Have a lovely weekend and thanks for dropping by :)

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  10. Really very nice to see and looks great to see.Thanks for sharing the information with us.
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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. You're most welcome :)

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  11. These pictures are nothing short of amazing! It's really brilliant how there are so many skyscrapers and buildings and just right beyond that is the great desert! Definitely one of the places I'd like to go someday. Thank you for sharing! :D

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    1. Thank you Winnie and you're welcome! Hope you get to visit Dubai one of these days. I'm sure Japan is more culturally endowed though :)

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