The Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s iconic high-rise had been teasing me since I arrived in the city. My first jaw-dropping glimpse of the elegant spire was fleeting as I passed by on the journey from the airport. The next day it shimmered in the sunshine, stretching skywards, as we passed it on the way to old Dubai. At night it flirted with us as it winked and sparkled over the city. The Burj Khalifa really has a lot of love for itself. For two days it taunted, tantalised and beckoned until, finally, the day arrived to get up close and personal.
Dubai is an extraordinary place; home of The Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, palm-shaped island archipelagos, indoor ski-slopes and aquariums. It’s located on the warm waters of The Arabian Gulf, surrounded by sand dunes and has more than its fair share of sunshine. Before I discovered the city for myself I have to admit to having in my mind more than a cliché or two. Images of a pristine city with a skyline of gleaming glass tower-blocks; infinity malls bursting with bling, countless luxury hotels and innovative architecture. Of course it is all of that but there’s another side to Dubai. Amid the skyscrapers I found a city with an authentic Emirati culture, a rich heritage and a fascinating food scene. If you’re looking for adventure in Dubai you’ll find that too.