This post is directed to the city dwellers of Dubai. To the blasé inhabitants who drive from one mall to another, without ever looking out their car windows. Dubai is an incredible place, in the literal sense.
I traverse the city through its jugular vein, Shaikh Zayed Road, almost oblivious that I am on a 5 way highway. This is not common to most cities in the world. I always smile as I veer onto an interchange, always afraid to take the wrong turn, but always impressed with the smooth civil engineering.
How can some people drive to Dubai Mall without looking up to the sky and the tallest building in the world, standing in a single column of glittering glass?
How can some people traverse the campus of DIFC without noticing the harmony of lines and the campus like harmony of the place?
How can some people be unaware of the skyline when returning from the desert or the beach?
The atmosphere is so XXI century! Everything in Dubai is of the latest technology, everything shines and looks sparkling new. The metro slides by as if Luc Besson designed it for Fifth Element. Many of us live in the sky. Literally. My family and my younger brother live at the same sky level: 42/43 floor. And my older brother and family surpassed it at the 68th floor. Who would have imagined? I never press the elevator button with nonchalance. I know that we live in the "fast lane".
Dubai: its bridges, its golf courses, its public beaches, the sports and the concerts, its traffic and hussle, the art galleries and beautiful hotels, its nostalgic stories, its baraka and its glitz.
Home sweet home....