After my article last week on the Air Festival , I wanted to share these other photos with you.
I’ve already mentioned this city before, reread Christmas in Dubai and the Desert, but this time, I'm going to show it a bit differently.
As a reminder, Dubai is in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates, in the Arabian Peninsula, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I lived in Australia, and I regularly transited through Dubai to visit my family in France.
The UAE is a federal state created in 1971, with 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain.
The city of Dubai is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.
With more than 3.1 million inhabitants, it’s the most populous city in the UAE out of the 9,700,000 in the country (of which 90% are immigrants).
But Dubai is also the country's first port and the economic capital, while Abu Dhabi is the federal capital.
Focused on luxury tourism, Dubai is particularly famous for these extraordinary constructions such as the towers: Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab which I spoke about extensively in my article Christmas in Dubai.
And seen from the sky, one can only admire, with Burj Khalifa a bit in the fog, yet it easily stands out from other skyscrapers ...
Another architectural feat, Palm Jumeirah!
An artificial archipelago in the Persian Gulf in the shape of a palm tree, made up of a trunk 1.25 mi (2 km) long on which the monorail circulates, and 16 palms which house a thousand luxury private villas.
This magnificent palm tree is surrounded by a 6.84 mi (11 km) long crescent, where you can find palaces and luxury hotels such as the famous Atlantis hotel (re-read Christmas in Dubai)!
But Palm Jumeirah was to be the smallest palm of an initial project of 3 palms along the coast.
In the same spirit, we also find another incredible archipelago, the world, which as its name suggests represents a map of the world. Unfortunately, no photo of the whole set, much too large, and visible from the International Space Station!
All these islets require a lot of sand, dredged from the bottom of the Persian Gulf and fitted out with dikes and canals to counter the swell while allowing the renewal of the water, and thus avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes and algae.
Some projects have been started and never completed; others continue despite successive crises. We haven’t finished discovering the landscape of these unique archipelagos ...
But back to the city, from the air, we realise the colossal construction that this city has required.
Although some writings reveal that Dubai already existed in the 11th century, it was not until the 18th century that it was considered a city. And thanks to the very important pearl trade at that time, its notoriety developed widely.
Then, with the discovery of oil in the 60s, the city changed dramatically, and from the 90s, incredible infrastructures and skyscrapers sprang from the ground to give the city we know today ...
And by the way, what I haven't mentioned but which you may have noticed in the photos is my mode of transportation: a seaplane!
A city always on the move and in constant search for novelty, an incredible new space has recently opened its doors: Deep Dive Dubai.
This is the deepest diving pool in the world, 197 ft (60m)!!
Designed as a submerged city, you can visit it and have fun while being under water ...
Until we visit it, we’ll watch the video at the end of the article 😊
And to reread my previous articles:
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,