The Tall Tales: Images from the Burj Khalifa



This was the 52nd post (Day 52) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.


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.
Burj Khalifa dubai

In a Dubai where everything is tall, the Burj Khalifa stands taller than most.

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.


Further Reading: It maybe no match for the Burj Khalifa, but click here to check out Poland’s tallest building!


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’.



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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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