Burj Khalifa, shopping malls and sand dunes, 24 hrs in Dubai

Mar 18, 13 Burj Khalifa, shopping malls and sand dunes, 24 hrs in Dubai

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Shooting up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, it takes less then a minute to go from sea level to the 124th observatory floor of the building. That’s about 10 metres a second but the ride is so smooth, the only thing you notice is a slight popping of your ears. When you think about it, it is a bit scary, I mean that is a loooooong cable pulling you up and back down again. I was on my way to Adelaide with Emirates Airlines and to make the journey a bit less “jet laggy”, I had a 24 hour layover in Dubai. That was the idea but there was so much to do and see in 24 hrs that I really didn’t get a chance to relax… First off was a trip to The Address, one of the mega-malls in Dubai that houses the entrance to the Burj Khalifa. Someone told me that going to the top of the Burj is on many peoples’ bucket lists but seeing as I’m a bit afraid of heights, I was a bit apprehensive going to the top but once I got there, the views were so amazing, I spent an hour wandering around the observatory decks both indoors and outdoors. Luckily, it was a fairly clear day although it was a bit hazy in the distance. Stepping off the elevator, a few steps in front of you, is the door to the open deck. However, for ‘fraidy cats like me, I could edge around the interior walls of the building before screwing up my courage to step outside. And what a lovely day it was, being up 800 metres with the sun beaming down and a warm desert breeze blowing through the open slats that were about at shoulder height. I would love to be up there in the evening, that much closer to the stars, I imagine. Inside, the walls are floor to ceiling windows with interactive telescopes situated at various intervals, giving you...

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