Friday, 20 December 2013

Seven Hours in Dubai

Jason Wain Photography

So, it's been a while since the last blog post. But with good reason - I've been doing a spot of globe-trotting. India was my destination, but getting there required a seven hour stop in Dubai. So me and my travelling companion decided to make the most of it and went to see the record-breaking behemoth that is the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai turned out to be an interesting place to visit - even if only fleetingly. There are plenty of construction sites littered about the place and the skyline is crammed full with brand-new, shiny skyscrapers. Adverts for all sorts of theme parks and activities abound, from indoor skiing through to a water world, all boasting a record-breaking this and a luxury that. The Dubai Mall, at the foot of the Khalifa, felt like a Westfields in London, right down to the Costa and Carluccios (an odd sight, when you've just flown half way around the world).

The impression I got from Dubai was that it is on a mission to become the next New York or Hong Kong in about 60 seconds, with a lucrative PR campaign rammed full of record-breakers, luxuries and success. It was nice to visit and certainly very impressive, but from the small slice I saw it all felt a little clinical and synthetic.

That said, if you are headed to that part of the world, make sure you get hold of some dates. Expensive, yes, but really, incredibly delicious.

Jason Wain Photography

Jason Wain Photography

Jason Wain Photography

Jason Wain Photography

Jason Wain Photography

Jason Wain Photography

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