Dubai, one of the seven emirates, is goverened seperately and independently by the respective emirs. Besides Dubai, the other six sister states which are a part of UAE are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.
The indegenious people consist of a mere 20% of the total population of this nation. Rest 80% are Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Europeans. The city has been devided into two parts by the Dubai creek: the northern part is called Deira and the southern is Bur Dubai. This Emir state is a part of Arabian Desert. A massive construction work is being undertaken in this state of Emirs. The guide told us that 60% of the world's total cranes were on work in Dubai, which is again an 'awe' creating thing.
Besides having so many privileged posessions to its name, another hi-tech posession to name to its kitty is its automated metro line, blue and red line, which doesn't make any use of a pilot.
With the ascending sun, the bus took us to a grand structure, The Grand Hayyat, a magnificent building which boasts of its grandeur. The luxury and comfort of the hotel could be expalined in no words. The elevators seemed to be brought from the heavens, the roofing and chandeliers displayed an incredible outshining-all beauty. Floors were like gold-plated. Having spent time in this unravelled building was a different kind of experience. Without any exception every single thing was loveable in Dubai – except the scorching heat, which made us melt drop-by-drop.
An evening rendezvous with the city and we encountered various mind-boglling structures, masterpieces, and architectural epitomes to name a few. Floating bridges and underwater roads were some of the special highlights of this place. As they say, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”, I could never forget the unbottlenecked flow of the traffic there. No honking, no road rage, the traffic is so well organised that I would think at length – how is it a possibilty, or maybe I started comparing it with my beloved India.
Just before having a quick view of the sea, surrounding the city, we witnessed Atlantis, a hotel which allows the Dubai highway to cross through it. As we proceeded further, on our left were the traditional huts where the residents used to stay before 60s. Amidst the sea was standing the Burj-Al-Arab which is a costly affair and a masterpiece developed by humans. Its six floors are underwater. To just have a look of this hotel, one needs to shell out 100 Dih. A bottle of champagne inside the hotel costs more than 2700 Dih, a far out-of-reach thing for a low-profile tourist like me. Man-made 'World Islands' were another thing of utter surprise. The sheen of the city is displayed by its skyscrapers and roads. Gold, electronic gadgets, dates, monster-sized cookies are somethings you would love to get home from here.
The evening approched crawling and we were gearing up for an astounding event – a fun-with-thrill event experienced never before, desert safari as they name it. Avidly waiting for its inception, we tucked our seat belts as told by our chauffer, a Pakistani guy named Wahid, who was on Toyota Land Cruiser 4X4 wheel. Only 4X4 vehicles can expliot the sand routes there. And finally the moment came when a convoy of 50-100 vehicles poured themselves into thrill and fun. A scary thing for lasses but a complete opposite for lads. Being fortunate enough we luckily got Wahid behind the wheels who explored the unexplored routes in the desert. Raising brows, a steep rise in heartbeats, a lump in throat, jaws dropping in awe were emanating ringing alarms that anytime it could be the last moment of our lives. Descending from a sand hill the chauffer halted our Land Cruiser at a 70 degree angle at its left side, ascending on a steep hill with an unimaginable pace, the vehicle jumps from the pinnacle leaving all of us unaware where would we land now or what would be the end result, were some unforgettable moments. Racing through the steep parts of the sand dunes, with the car slanting more than 50% was another awe-inspired thing. A few minutes before the sun was planning to hide itself behind the sand dunes, we enjoyed the boat-bikes (80 Dih for 20 mins) and this was too fun-unlimited. And beleive my words, desert sunset is one of the most beautiful things one can appreciate.
All these safari vehicles were ultimately destined to a far away place in the desert. Dinner and drinks amidst the desert all around was an exclusive memory. Traditional Arab dance by a mermaid and an Arab lad was mind-blowing. Arabian flavoured 'hukkah' gave a surge to my otherwise lethargic breathing.
The next day, again to-be-remembered-for-a-lifetime day for all of us, as we encountered the Dubai symbol, one of a kind – Burj-Kalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. In the evening they organize a musical fountain with Arabian music which is such a soothing experience. I could not express my feeling how I felt as I was standing right in front of Burj-Kalifa, and still I could not believe that I was there. Looking at its grandeur I would mull time and again whether it truly does exist! Its splendor was outshining everything around it, all the eyes were fixated onto this unparalleled building only. And now a fact to be proud of for Indians like me: We were told by the guide that the crane operator of the top floor (164th) of the skyscraper was an Indian, a south Indian guy who was being paid a hefty wage of 40,000 Dih a month which is equal to 600000 INR.
Inexplicable, as this city was, let's have a few more happening things come to the fore. Dubai Mall, one of the most popular malls in Dubai, stands just adjacent to the Burj-Khalifa, exemplifies its architectural mastery. But it is essentially for the creamy class. Wafi Mall, an Egyptian pyramids based structure is a property of a royal sheikh family and would serve the influential families more. More tourists and inhibitants from the other countries, more shops and less consumers, a real estate hub with magnificent buildings, media city – where Ten Sports boasts itself boldly, education Mecca, artificial islands, Gold Souk, and most importantly the luxury cars, SUVs and Sedans which the inhibitants owned there. Rare was the sight of any two-wheeler as the roads were ruled by luxury cars, and on top it these were the top most models of brands like BMW, Merc, Ferrari, etc. And Ferrari among all was their favourite vehicle. A display of sheer royalty could be witnessed once you see that they mostly prefer two-seaters among the top designs of the luxury cars. A oneliner “Fuel is cheaper than water” is an identity-axiom to this nation of khalifas.
For reasons only good, you will not find a single excuse not to love this city. Immediately after stepping into its domain, you will fall in love with this place. The ruler sheikh, the absolute authority here had made a vow to make this place the best in world in all aspects and it seems that he has been successful in this endeavour. Be it the largest golf course in the world or Palm Islands, Burj-Al-Arab or 60 billion palm and date trees imported and planted here, or Burj-Khalifa – the highest manmade building on earth, you can't forget the charm and aura of the city.
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