22nd August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Like a stubborn compass pointing forever to the north Like a bard singing tales of the past fall Its as if the world was a cone, and not round, this city keeps building itself, to be become more tall.
I met one of my college seniors in this city, and he has been driving me around all day. Eijaz has a penchant for photography too, and more importantly, had a penchant for long drives, so we pretty much moved around the city, soaking in the sights and sounds.
At night, I finally took to the new Dubai, that place of towering buildings, which keeps getting taller and taller. We watched the fountain show at Dubai mall, right next to the Burj Khalifa. The Sheikh here keeps launching exorbitant projects, one after the other. Apart from a 7-star hotel (Burj Al Arab), the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), the biggest shopping mall (Dubai mall) and two artificial residential island groups (Palm Jumeirah and the world islands), I also heard about 2 upcoming projects. One of which is the Palm Deira, another artificial island group. But the shocker comes with the recent announcement of an air-conditioned city with a retractable roof, to keep the foreign tourists from leaving the city during summer.
These guys don’t stop at the word ‘superlative’.