Dubai - city of tall cranes and shopping malls
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I spent the day asking Gerald, my chauffeur, to drive me around the city to get a feel for the city. The sheer number of cranes was astonishing! I don’t think you can go for 500 meters in any direction and anywhere in the city and not have a crane right around the corner.
I drove by some gorgeous beaches along the way to the Burj al Arab, but was surprised by the fact that the beaches were nearly all empty! I learned afterwards that a large stretch of the beach is actually private and that only certain portions remained public.
Gerard toured me around the Marina area, and we saw the completed Palm Island. There are plans to build two more of these monstrosities! Just in talking to Gerard, the housing prices in Dubai are surprisingly affordable, being roughly equivalent of Saskatchewan prices.
Gerard showed me around to the various malls in the city, some that have spectacular designs that mimic ancient Arabic markets and some that are designed to replicate Venice with the cannels and bridges. I have since become convinced that there are more malls in Dubai than there are residents.
I wrapped up the night be visiting the Emirate Towers and the financial district. The Dubai Stock Exchange is housed in an all-glass building that looks really impressive at night. I hear many people lost fortunes in that exchange because residents at first treated it like a casino since gambling is illegal.