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... and some hardy souls on the beach. They must be really desperate to toast themselves. We dignified it for 15 minutes but that was enough. Pictures terrible as well as getting in and out of air conditioning is playing havoc with the lens fogging up.
Mercifully back in a cab, we were chatting with our driver who was from Syria. His wife and children were here but he has real concerns for the rest of the family ...
... and we moved on to the Dubai Marina where you get a good look at the skyscrapers of Dubai. There are over 200 buildings that are defined as skyscrapers and still more to come. There was a slow down last year but construction activity is back and there are many new buildings going up. On the outskirts of town they have started building Universal Studios. There is talk of increasing the universities from 8 to 45 in the next 10 years. You have to wonder what the UAE will be without ...
... were so high, I couldn't see straight down; regardless, what I could see took my breath away.
The haze from the sand was too thick to make out The Palm, but I was just able to make out the edges of The World (a group of private islands of reclaimed land just off the coast that is in the shape of the world). I stepped outside onto the observation deck and was hit with the heat of the desert. I walked to the edge and peered out through the spaces in the glass. Without the glass, ...
... the co-operation among stakeholders. Most of what Chris said, reminded me of the fast expanding Chinese market. So he raised an interesting hypothesis: "Does the emerging stage of a destination influence the collaboration among stakeholders – hence, joint-ventures, educational forums, alliances etc." I would say yes. I carried out research in China and this is exactly, what I heard most. In Germany, however, there are lots of associations, boards etc. partly because ...
... and saw the giant aquarium full of huge fish and sharks and the Burj Kalifa fountain show; and the Emirates Mall with the largest indoor ski slope in the world (so you can ski even in the middle of a dessert!)
Probably the best part of Dubai for me was going up to the top of the Burj Kalifa, the tallest building in the world (by quite a significant amount). The views from here were just incredible, out across the city and then beyond to the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility