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Notes on the Geography of The U.A.E. (Dubai): Dubai 2007 Update

The pictures in the previous folders were taken in 2004; in this and the following folders the pictures come from 2007.

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The U.A.E. (Dubai): Dubai 2007 Update picture 1

There's not a lot of public beach left in Dubai, but here's the way to a bit.

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Pretty, but we're mostly interested in the background, with its highrise lineup along Sheikh Zeyed Road. We'll go over there and take a drive down the street.

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Gulp. Driving while holding a camera: needs must.

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OK? We've pulled over and stopped. On the left is one of the two Emirates Towers, equilateral triangles completed in 2000 and designed by Hazel W.S. Wong of NORR Group. For a moment, this was the tallest office tower in the Middle East. The helmeted Marina Tower is next down the strip; in between, in the distance, is the Burj Dubai, as it was then called, under construction.

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One of the Emirates Towers is a hotel, the other an office tower.

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Looking back to the Marina Tower at the left and with the Rose Rotana Tower, which claimed to be the world's tallest hotel, in the center. Sand comes free of charge.

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The Rose Rotana flanked on the left by another hotel, the Chelsea Tower.

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Heads up.

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The Burj Dubai takes shape.

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It's hard to get a sense of the how much taller it is than everything around it.

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Another go.

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You hardly notice the highrises at its base.

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Instant downtown, which is to say more shopping.

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Hard to say what's for sale.

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Coming soon.

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For now, the Mall of the Emirates will have to do. That white freeway overpass sticking out of the roof is the hyped indoor ski slope.

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Looks like an old postcard, but that's because the photo is through a pane of glass. Lots of visitors to the mall take pictures like this.

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The mall itself is huge.

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Italians must feel flattered.

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Mall-walkers are more likely to be simply pooped. Seats are hard to find.


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