“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin
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Concrete jungle, rich boy’s playground, 14 lanes highway – these were my first impression.
Buildings are tall so tops are above clouds just like in the tale of the magic beans. Luxury that you can smell, fell and touch, gold and marble are everywhere, roaring supercars and huge SUV’s.
On the other hand you see pale and tired faces, workers that are chasing their dreams of better tomorrow from all over the world. Construction sites are popping like mushrooms after the rain, building tallest architectural wonders in the world. Keep your hat tight, sand storm is coming, everyone take cover and continue like it’s nothing strange.
This is one of the greatest tourist destination in the world, modern wonder meets harsh desert, winds and sea. Every hotel speaks for itself, humongous chandeliers, marble, gold, water fountains, white gloves and very hospitable staff. Every second I thought that Aladdin and Jasmine are about to fly over my head on a magic carpet it is so surreal,that was my first impression when I saw Madinat Jumeirah.
One part of the city that really stands out is Dubai Marina.It features luxury apartments as well as villas set against the backdrop of the Marina. Mega yachts are anchored along the Marina and in the night you can see beautiful reflections in the water. Some of the city’s best dining, entertainment and leisure facilities, Dubai Marina is the first choice for the stylish and sophisticated. Around the marina is a beautiful area with many shops and restaurants and it has become a popular hangout place, especially at night.
As a person in love with European rustic architecture I was very skeptical before I could see Dubai with my own eyes. It is a rare desert jewel best seen in the night, a place of high contrast, rich and poor living side by side, something for everyone, everything is unbelievable huge, from airport to roads, hotels, artificial islands and buildings.
This was my part in Arabian night, mixed feeling, different culture, different customs.
But I kind of liked it!
Photos by Me and my dear friend Bojana B.
Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort