Sunday night we drove down to the Dubai Mall (pictured above) to visit the Burj Khalifa,
the tallest structure in the world. We got there early and enjoyed the city skyline by the
little lake in front of the Burj. It was a pretty evening but still very hot - heat index of over
120 on Sunday.
My shot from the bottom of the Burj...a model in the Burj gift shop...
and a great shot lifted from the Internet. It is a striking site to behold.
It was five years in the making and cost 1.5 billion. Originally it was going to be called
Burj Dubai, but the financial crash caused major money problems and the Sheikh bailed
the project out - the name was changed in his honor. All of the publicity, souvenirs, and
signs had to be changed at the last minute.
It takes less than a 60 seconds to go to the observation deck on the 124th floor.
It was fun looking down from the top...but it is hazy most of the summer. They say
you can see 95 km on a clear day, but that only happens a handful of days a year.
We watched the sun go down and the lights coming on as darkness came.
In this picture above you can barely see the 300 man made islands that compose the
World. We enjoyed listening to the audio tour as we walked around. You need
reservations most of the time, especially to go at dusk to watch the sunset and see
the beautiful views at night.
Here are three pictures looking down at the Dancing Fountains below us...we could hear the
music and enjoy the show from yet another angle.