As expected – it exceeded all expectations. The inauguration ceremony of the tallest structure and man-made building in the world. Burj Khalifa, 828 metres high, formerly known as Burj Dubai. I’m still a little overwhelmed by the opening spectacle and bewildered by the fact that the Burj has just been renamed in honour of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi, President of the UAE (and Dubai’s knight in shining armour during the financial crisis). Burj Khalifa…
Anyways, it was a blast. Unforgettable. The people partied like there’s no tomorrow. Everyone (including me, I have to admit) seemed to be so proud to be part of the historical moment. And I do hope that throughout the exceptional event nobody forgot the hard working labourers who made it all possible and who drudged until the very last minute in the run-up of today’s opening ceremony.
Dubai might be megalomaniac, shallow, broke, artificial, rich, racist, hot, crazy… whatever. I’ve never experienced a place where so many different nationalities live and work peacefully with each other. I heart Dubai!
Congratulations, Dubai, on the tallest tower in the world.