This is the view from the Burj Khalifa looking north down the Sheikh Zayed Road. Aside from the oppressive heat, I wasn’t expecting Dubai to be so desert like. Most photographs of the skyline make it appear as if all the huge skyscrapers are very close together. Coupled with a blue sky it looks amazing. However, it is not always like this. As you can see from this graphic black and white photograph, this city is massively spread out and designed for the car rather than the pedestrian.
A previous photograph, showed the view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, looking down on the lake. I explained that the fountains, seen here in action, can spray up to 83,000 litres of water in the air at any moment. That is a lot of water, too much to get an idea of what it looks like. Hopefully, this photograph above can give you some idea of what it might look like. Especially when you realise that the top of the water is above 120 metres high or approximately 36 floors on a skyscraper!
One my last day in Dubai I took a taxi up to the Burj Al Arab. Knowing that I couldn’t get on the beach and probably wouldn’t be able to get very close the taxi dropped me at the front gate. After taking a poor shot of the top of the building, I had a quick look around before getting a taxi back to my hotel. Next to the hotel’s gates is the Wild Wadi Water Park. It was very tempting to go to the waterpark to escape the heat in there cooled swimming pools. Sadly, I didn’t have my swimming shorts with me. This photograph was taken just next to the entrance to the park. It was one of the only authentic looking, bits of Arabian architecture I found in Dubai.
To get an idea of the size of something, it is often best viewed from above. This is certainly the case with the huge artificial lake in downtown Dubai. Pictured here is the view from the outdoor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. On the 124th floor with over 450 metres between my lens and the water. From here you get an idea of where I took yesterday’s photograph.
The pattern of the Dubai Fountain’s nozzles can clearly be seen in the lake. This fountain can spray up to 83,000 litres of water into the air at any moment. Some of the jets capable to firing water up to 128 metres high.