Dubai

posted Sep 4, 2011, 12:34 PM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 1:36 PM ]
Most of these pictures have been clicked with a Sony Walkman k750i phone. And many of them have been clicked from the taxi windows. So the quality might not be awesome but they're still pretty colorful !

I visited Dubai in December 2006. It was just a one day trip. I went to attend the Microsoft interview over there, so it was a rather special occasion even if it was only a day.
My first impression of Dubai was how modern it was. All the buildings were very new and shiny. Roads were broad, people seemed disciplined and there was no (visible) poverty at least in the areas I saw.
Dubai is full of flashy hotels and malls. I stayed at the Sofitel hotel which was generously paid for by Microsoft.

Even Dubai Airport by itself has a lot for people to see, shop and do. It is one of Asia's most important hubs. Emirates is a very popular airline and that would certainly have helped in developing Dubai as an important hub. From the airport and the malls one impression I certainly carried back was that Dubai was a hot spot for shopping, bargain deals and duty free purchases. A lot of corporate offices are now coming up in Dubai and given that there is no income tax, it could be a nice stint abroad for foreign professionals wanting to work there for a year or two.

I had just a couple of hours for sight-seeing. Took a quick look around the Mall of Emirates which is one of the most famous malls over there and had a foot fall of some 31 million in 2010. Also managed a quick glimpse of the Burj Al Arab Hotel.

  Some of the shiny skyscrapers of Dubai:


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  Inside the Mall of Emirates.

   This is one of the busiest malls in Dubai. Who says you can't have snow in a hot tropical desert zone !

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The Microsoft office where I was interviewed; two pictures of the streets and building of Dubai - through my Taxi window.
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  The Burj Al Arab Hotel

   This is a Seven Star hotel and is consistently rated as one of the world's most luxurious hotels. At 321m (1053 ft) it is among the five tallest hotels in the world. It stands on an artificial island, close to Jumeirah beach.

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