Meandering the Middle East : Part I
Dubai : The modern marvel
Musings from ‘At the Top ‘
Constructed on these once very red dunes
A spectacle for the world to see
Is the height of pinnacle of man’s quest
For higher greater and further…
In the heart of Modern Arabia
Stands the Burj Khalifa a marvel of man.
And as I stand on top of it this evening
In awe and wonder I am drawn
More to admiring the ingenuity
Of men who made it stand and shine.
Behind the glamour of its sparkling glass & lights
And the elegant sheen of its metallic constructs
For me what stood out was that
It stands strong in spite of its ridiculous heights
A labour of co-creation in collaboration
As the sweat and brains of many nations
Whose ingenuity built this structure
A majestic piece of human engineering …
The worlds tallest building.
At the top with its panoramic view…
Across the sunsets and the curving horizon
That blurs into oblivion.
While the betwitching landscape enthralls
I am watching the horizon fade away
My eyes fall on the shimmering sunlight
On the red dunes beckoning me…
And across the distance tideless sea so invitingly blue.
Stepping back to ground in a minute or so…
You are brought back into one of the largest mall Dubai Mall that withstands and supports the entire structure .
In all an amazing experience of gleaming glass the allure of metal and the glitzy glamorous spaces.
At the Top of the Burj Khalifa the tallest man-made structure in the world is a one of a kind experience indeed .
An expansive evening view of the horizon curving towards you greets you and the enthralling lights of Dubai by Night is a treat indeed .
The lights dazzle the senses and perhaps more oft than not, even the most earthy traveler is left struck at first sight by the sparkle of the city.
…Although truth be told I am left wondering the necessity of such dazzling displays of opulence and materialism which is symbolic of the very modern Downtown Dubai.
Perhaps such are the stakes when a city develops so rapidly and begets names like the City of Gold , City of the Future as even the City of Dreams and boasts of the largest landmarks and sets a global standard in lifestyle as it continues to develop its infrastructure and works at providing excellent opportunities for cosmopolitan life and living with an unbelievable 80% of its population being of foreign origin making its culture a melting pot of different nationalities. And that in all is truly a stellar example of the strength of the interconnects in the interdependence .
Contd in Part 2 …The Meet and the Greets