Day one in Dubai
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Arriving at the airport in Dubai gave me a slight taste of what was to come. There were two Porsche Carrera "raffles" going on in the lobby so I stopped and drooled for a few minutes. For about $140 bucks I could have had a 1 in 1000 chance of winning, too, but I just couldn't stomach the dough.
I had my first of what would become some infuriating bus experiences. After an hour of waiting, I finally took a cab and made it to my hostel.
I found out there was a McDonald's down the road and since I hadn't eaten in about 20 hours, headed down to get some food. And then I remembered it was Ramadan (the Muslim holy month which includes fasting during daylight hours).
Later, I met a few fellows from all over and myself, the British guy, and a German student who was doing an internship in Dubai for five months all decided to head to one of the only open bars in town; the illustrious 5 star Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Our ride back took us right through the center of the new financial district, home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai. One guy told me it had 200 floors, which I'm not sure about, but whatever the case, this thing is stupid tall. There are 50-60 story buildings completely surrounding it, but they might as well be two story apartments. It absolutely towers above all else. A link: http://www.
I was a bit dumbstruck for about the 12th time that day. The former world's tallest building, the Taipei 101, is 509 meters (1,671 feet) tall. To bring it home a bit, the Empire State Building is only 381 meters (1,250 feet). Ha. The Burj Dubai is already 707 meters (2,320 feet) tall. It's hard to fathom. But if that's not enough, apparently a taller one has already been planned and construction should begin right around the time this one is finished. It's projected height: 1,200 meters. 1.2 kilometers. 3,937 feet tall. Dubai is the epitomy of overcompensation.
More to come as Dubai continues to shock and awe. Stay tuned.