Dubai – The land of myth (part 3)


Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

After feeling the traditional beauty of Dubai, we continued the journey to Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world with the height of 828 meters (1.7 times taller than the Landmark).

This is a strategic work of Dubai to promote tourism and trade. To get to the observation deck, first, everyone will go down to the basement, to the ticket counter, then following each other into the heart of the building in a long corridor, above is an extremely high and airy ceiling. This is not only the building with the most floors in the world, the tallest building in the world, the tallest observation deck in the world, but also the building with the fastest elevator system in the world.

It only takes about 40 seconds for the elevator to take you up to the 124th floor. After a blink, we were on the very wide observation deck, overlooking the city. Before our eyes were modern buildings sprawling in the middle of a vast desert. Although Dubai is using all its efforts to plant trees, and under each tree, there is an automatic irrigation system to provide enough water for the tree, but it seems that with this severe weather, people also wither, let alone plants. I suddenly thought we were in a science fiction movie when the whole world didn’t have much green space but only concrete, metal and technology applications everywhere. If I keep staying at home, I really don’t dare to believe what I see in the movie is real. How far have humans been traveling on this planet? I was just a small and faint shadow. The strange, amused, admired feelings with a little fear were the things I could not hide.

Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Mall
For Dubai to always appear with sensational headlines on the global news sites, one Buji Khalifa is not enough! Dubai Mall – the largest shopping center in the world with the area of 1.2 million square meters (equivalent to 50 football fields combined), with more than 1,200 stores, cinemas, cafes, restaurants, is the place that attracts the attention of travelers around the world. It sounds fierce, but the prices of the products in big brand stores there are similar to the prices of other shopping centers in Vietnam and other countries in the world, so do not be hesitate, just go ahead and shop! After a few days hanging around there, we also bought two pairs of shoes, and some pretty satisfactory shirts. In the shopping center, there is an aquarium right on the ground floor, though not too large, but there are hundreds of sharks and other types of fish, including the world’s largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks.
Green Planet
Have you ever imagined visiting a man-made rainforest in Dubai? Yes, “in Dubai, everything is … possible!”. Green Planet is “the region’s first biological dome, recreating the enchanting world of a tropical forest with a rich biodiversity of more than 3,000 species of plants and animals. The closed ecosystem, located in the CITY WALK area, offers visitors an immersive adventure into the tropics. Visitors can get close to animals and plants such as sloths, parrots and porcupines, reptiles, fish and insects in South America. A great destination for families and visitors of all ages”- the introductory information of this place is so cool!
I’m lucky to live in the country of golden forest and silver sea, so I prefer going into the forest. However, I would like to repeat once more the word “effort”. In a place of harsh weather, where green color is scarce like Dubai, this project is exactly an “effort” not only for the world’s travelers to see how the rainforest was created but also for the people of Dubai, especially the children to understand what a forest looks like. Go, to see how precious our country is.
Jumeirah Beach

To me, sitting in the car watching the street is also a good way to get an overview of the landscape and people here. Or go to the public beaches to swim, enjoy the heat of Dubai to feel the happiness with the heat of our Saigon, and watching passersby is also a way to understand more about the life here. This is Jumeirah Public Beach where people are free to come to swim. The beach is very clean, civilized and has a public bathroom. Coming here, you will see Dubai residents of all skin colors, from all over the world. From here you can watch over the 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel that I mentioned in the post a few days ago.

When the city lights up
This is the elevator that leads down to the subway station. In the paragraph about Souk At Madinat Jumeirah ancient market (see the article here), I talked about the barjeel ventilation tower. This picture can make you see better, the whole elevator is a ventilation tower. We was wondering about it that day, and just knew that after searching more carefully.
Gold souk – Gold market

I have heard rumors about the gold market in Dubai. In the evening, we took the train from the hotel to there to see with our own eyes the scene of dangling goldens everywhere. The market is extremely large and crowded with people walking around, both tourists and Dubai residents. Residents of this region also come from all over the world, but the majority are probably working people from India and African countries. Looking at their skin color, the way they dress and walk, their voices, we could know that!

Around the market, there are many cafes, food shops offering local dishes, and there are also many fast food shops. We were so tired from walking that we stopped by a shop with a chicken and kebab roaster in front of the door. Food prices in this area are cheaper than other luxury areas but compared with the prices of food in Vietnam, are still super expensive. Each serving for a person must cost at least 200,000 VND (VND). Coming into the restaurant at the same time with us, there were several Indian laborers. Two of them shared a serving, we saw that the cost was very high here and the poor had to abstain from eating to have enough money to send home.
In Dubai, the rich are very rich and the poor are very poor. Walking around, we could just feel somewhat of different shades of Dubai. Have you agreed with me this is a land of myth yet?

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