Looking at Dubai is like watching an act by a great magician. One moment there is nothing and then, poof; the tallest building in the world, seven star hotel and a police force driving Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s has risen from the desert sands. It’s amazing, incredible and ultimately an illusion. The house of cards that the city was built on came perilously close to crashing down during the financial crash. The limitless pockets of the Emirate of Dubai suddenly teetered and Abu Dhabi had to pull out its platinum credit card (but not before the tallest building in the world was renamed the Burj khalifa).
For all the faults you could find about Dubai, there is still something magical about the city. Dubai is a place where you can see – for good and bad – just what’s possible when money is no object. Here’s a list of five of the best things about Dubai.
Underwater room? Sure, no problem. Why not spend a night in one of the two underwater suites at The Palm hotel. That will be $6,500 a night, so I hope you’ve brought your Gold Card. Still, given the chance, I probably would.
At 22,500 square meters, Ski Dubai is less of a one slope run and more of a ski resort. There’s a 60 meter high mountain with five ski runs, including the worlds first indoor black slope, as well as a snow park with toboggan and sledding runs. The whole concept does leave you with more questions than answers, but that’s just part of what makes it magic.
After a day spent out on the slopes carving up the fresh snow it’s probably time to head off into the ice bar for a drop of drink. Be sure to bring a coat, because the temperature will be a steady Arabian desert style -6 degrees.
Covering 5.6 million square feet and at a cost of $700 million, Dubai Mall is the largest and most expensive retail development in the world. In the space of an hour, you’ll see celebrities and pass endless shops selling luxury item. The mall also has an olympic sized ice skating rink and one of the largest aquariums in the world.
There is one sure fire way to impose your will on the world; build it in miniature. At a cost of $14 billion, Dubai did just that. Through land reclamation, the city built over 300 private islands that seen from above appear look like a map of the world. It certainly appeals to peoples egos. Richard Branson decided to buy Great Britain. Enough said!