Dubai has been inspired by different parts of the world. The New York skyline, London’s Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House; but the Burj Khalifa? It has Dubai written all over it.
As the tallest building in the world, the iconic building has become one of the world’s most talked about, and architecturally breathtaking structures to have ever been built. It’s the classic ‘mine’s better than yours’ scenario and Dubai will outboast everyone in the playground.
The Burj Khalifa is sleek, elegant and brilliantly metallic. So confident, standing tall. We had half-strained our necks looking up at the giant, and we more than ready to go up ‘to the top’. Entering from inside The Dubai Mall, we were escorted to a glamorous waiting room, where Arabic dates and Qawha coffee were served, leisure concierges anticipating our visit.
In small groups, we were greeted by our guide who explained the development stages of building, month by month. Architectural notes and diagrams filled the walls on our way to the lift. Glitzy lights and a futuristic video dazzled us as we shot up to the 148th floor. One big panoramic view to admire, whilst our eyes simultaneously popped.
We’d arrived at the top of the world in style, with french macaroons and delicate truffles to savour whilst we relished the sights of the skyline. Interactive technology, spinning chairs and a gift shop proved popular with the visitors, and a professional photographer had us posing on the observation deck.
As we gazed out across Dubai’s monopoly of monuments and sites, I realised how Dubai won’t stop here, at this point. It strives to drive; taller, bigger, faster, grander. Who knows what lies in store for the innovative nation of the UAE, but I can’t wait to watch the impossible unfold once again.