Here are some photos I took today from the car window. Okay, one of them involved me jumping out the door of the car while we were stopped for work vehicles. I didn’t have much time to snap away… I didn’t want to hold up the traffic for fear of the cacophony of honking that would ensue.
Only a few turned out okay considering my constraints of place and time.
The Burj Dubai is really my favourite building in Dubai. Not just because it is the tallest building in the world, but because I find it incredibly beautiful. It reminds me of two things.
Firstly, it reminds me of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The other thing I think of when I see the Burj Dubai is playing in with wet sand by the beach when I was a kid. Did you ever get really wet sand in your hand and make a fist, letting the waterlogged sand dribble out of your fist onto the beach? It would make these kind of wormy-looking sand-towers that stayed intact as the water drained out of the sand.
The Burj Dubai is very organic-looking and reminds me of those two things.
The Burj Dubai with the late afternoon sun just above it.
Burj Dubai from the East (I think)
The construction in Dubai is different to any construction I have ever seen before. It does not stop for weekends or public holidays. It does not stop to sleep. Yep. It is now 7.26pm and I am sitting drinking tea on my balcony while I listen to the songs of frogs in the garden below, as well as the far away sound of hammering and drilling.
Construction in Dubai operates on a 24×7 basis and workers work shifts to meet this demand. This time of year the day shifts are not too hot but I can imagine the night shift is highly sought-after in the summer when the temperature runs between a maximum of 40 to 50 degrees Celsius in the shade. And these guys are not working in the shade. They’re working in the sun! (Even the sea water gets to 37 degrees Celsius in the summer.)
When choosing an apartment the proximity to construction needs to be factored in. In Australia you could live alongside construction and never hear it if you worked 5 days a week, left before 8am and didn’t get home until after 6pm. Here that doesn’t apply. You need to consider the 24×7 schedule. This is one reason why Richard chose an apartment in The Greens.
The Greens is a residential estate that was built by the Emaar property development group, which is also built the Burj Dubai, the largest building in the world.
The Burj Dubai Tower - look at the way it dwarfs normal skyscrapers!
Its medium rise and the gardens are fairly mature. Although it is surrounded by construction, it doesn’t have any construction going on inside it. This means we will live in peace and quiet while the rest of Dubai must surely sleep with earplugs.
I found this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x28GqwW5zE Source: DubaiDave) on You Tube that someone posted of the drive into the Greens from the direction of the Mall of the Emirates. This is just one tiny capsule of Dubai development but it gives you a good idea of what it looks like on our drive back from the supermarket. The Greens is the butter-yellow 4 story-building estate at the end of the video. Its a lovely peaceful oasis of palms, frangipani and brightly flowering annuals surrounded by high rise construction.