Saturday, April 27, 2013


View from Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

This view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) shows the downtown district of Dubai with the desert stretching far beyond. Immediately below you can see dots in the water that represent crews who are cleaning the fountain pools of sand from a recent sand storm.

The Burj Khalifa defies explanation... it is impossibly high in the sky, the stunning views make even the surrounding skyscrapers look like toys, and it is as solid as a rock. At 2,717 feet tall and 160 stories, it is simply an amazing work of human engineering! So if mankind can make this, why can't my local Pizza Hut make a decent pizza!?

Visiting the observation deck, on the 124th floor, was literally the zenith of our trip to the UAE. By the way, the word zenith is derived loosely from the Arabic samt arras, translated as "path over one's head."

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