Sandscapes and Cityscapes: Sky-high Dubai

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The typical way to experience a destination is by touring historic landmarks, museums and cultural centers. Apparently, Dubai is different. And Dubai is capitalizing on this. From many sky-scraping venues across the Emirate, visitors receive a 360-degree panoramic view of Dubai’s expansive size and overabundance of opulence (no specification necessary). If you enjoy breathtaking views, incredible desertscape, and sky-scraping wonders that seem magical, then you’ll love sky-high Dubai.

Look at the Villages Below

Balloon ride: Commence a dream day overlooking one of Dubai’s hidden treasures – the desert. Imagine your hot air balloon is a magical carpet ride, breezing over ecological wonders, like huge sepia sand dunes, emerald-green oasis, and wandering, wild gazelle and camels. Early risers will feel the warmth of the sun cascading down their back, see the beauty of its colorful rays across the sands, and may even have a chance meeting of local desert people upon landing.

Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa)

Eat at At.mosphere: Why At.mosphere? As if dining at the world’s tallest restaurant isn’t enough. Where else can you take an elevator ride up 1,350 feet in just 57-seconds? 122 floors in under a minute, amazing, some elevator rides take 5 minutes to go up 10 floors. This ear popping experience is not just about the elevator soaring to the sky at warp speed or ending at the world’s highest restaurant, but there is also food involved. At.mosphere serves “eclectic, European cuisine” and averages $93 for a main entrée and $50 for appetizers. But what is a few hundred dollars when you’re peering down on the Emirate from one of the ritziest venues in town.

“At the Top”: Burj Khalifa is a modern wonder, inciting intrigue internationally for its marvelous engineering and architecture, allowing visitors to experience the world at an unprecedented height.  You’ll zoom to the top on the 65-meter-long travelator, moving at 10 meters per second, practically teleporting you through time. Stopping ‘At the Top’ where guests have an unobstructed 360-degree view of the Emirate, courtesy of floor to ceiling glass walls. Special telescopes provide awe-inspiring visions of the city and if you’re adventurous, you can step onto the open-air terrace and breathe fresh air, gaze at the city below, or reach out and touch the sky. Nighttime has its own flair, as the city is illuminated by glistening city lights and twinkling stars.


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