The Burj Khalifa is the tallest residential and commercial tower in the world. It is located in the UAE at Dubai. Last Thursday my girl friend who hails from the Philippines a beautiful girl Marie suggested we visit the Burj Khalifa. It’s an imposing structure and blends well with the architecture of Dubai. In Arabic Burj means tower and Khalifa is a reference to god. We went on a Friday as it is a holiday in the UAE.
I picked up my friend from her apartment and drove to Dubai from Abu Dhabi in my Mustang Convertible. My 8 cylinder cartouched 150 MPH and with the hood pulled down it was an exhilarating drive. The distance of almost 180 km was covered in an hour and after reaching the Dubai mall, I searched for a parking place. Dubai has a modern parking and a green light will show a parking slot is vacant. One can thus drive to the slot and park the car. This is something not seen in India.
The entry to the tower is by a fee. Presently it is 200 AHD (Rs 2700) per person, but then everything in the UAE is costly. The entrance is sleek through a passage which after security checks leadsto a lift that will take you to the 126 floor which is about midway to the tower. Just before you enter there are photographers available who will photograph you with the Burj as the background. This will cost you 200 AHD.
The lift takes less than 3 minutes to go up and you enter a beautiful courtyard, which is partly covered. The temperature is low here and the cold wind swirls around your ears. When we were there it began to drizzle and it added its own charm to the visit. You get a panoramic view of Dubai with its shimmering lights from above and one can marvel at this piece of engineering. We held hands and spontaneously kissed and then went on for hot coffee and buns at the small eateries maintained there.
There are also souvenir shops and we bought a few. It was great fun .On the return we picked up the photograph and it now adorns my table in my villa at Abu Dhabi. There are some stunning photographs of me and Marie. Maybe once EC starts accepting photos I will exhibit them. I will recommend a visit to the Burj Khalifa to see what man can accomplish