The Burj Khalifa is an epic structure, proclaiming Dubai's vertical ambitions to the world around it. While the world's economy receded, Dubai kept building the beast that towers at over 200 floors. It took over 5 years, with 196 nationalities comprising the 10,000 workers that made the project possible. By day it looks like it has been hastily photoshopped into the downtown skyline. By night it appears as though it will shake free of the earth and take off like a rocket, bound for the furthest reaches of our galaxy.
Kristin and I dwarfed
AT the top is the attraction 124 floors up in the Burj
We drooled at this food court after much time in Nepal. I must say, Dubai has more western (read: American) food than ANYWHERE I have ever been outside of the U.S. One of our guides even told us proudly while nodding is head in disbelief, "We even have a Potbelly."
Food! Food! Food! Food! Food!
K inspects a Gold ATM - a machine that dispenses a variety of gold
The footprint of the Burj K is inspired by the hymenocallis flower
A glass model
What it would look like in NY
Entry to the Burj elevator, one is treated to an Emirates history lesson
That is where we are heading
The elevator travels 10m per second and takes about a minute to go 124 floors
The view, desert and buildings
From this high, it all looks like a scale set of Dubai
- little toy skyscrapers
The view up from "At the Top" - still an Eiffel Tower of height left to the top
The green area is the Sheikh's palace - where we earlier checked out peacocks
The picture didn't capture it, but in the top left of this frame is Dubai's fake islands shaped like the world
Another gold ATM, without a doubt the highest