March 12, 2007

Sky Scrapers

Its been a while since I have written a post. This post is for the skyscrapers of Dubai. The photo I have put features the world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai. Its the tall one in the left side of the photo (like my friend mentioned similar to Statue of Liberty!!!!!!)Though the building is still under construction it is the tallest building in the world at the moment. The coast line of Dubai is dotted with sky scrapers. The peculiarity of the city is that there are very few high rise buildings in the heart of the city. This is because the Dubai International Airport is situated bang in the middle of the city. So all the high rise buildings are in the outskirts like the one in the picture.

I wonder whether there is demand for so many of luxury apartments in Dubai as most of the population cannot even afford the rents of Dubai. Any ways it is for sure that if construction is at this rate there won’t be any desert in Dubai within the next 10 years!!!!!!!! Well this is not the case of only dubai. This is the scenario in most of the gulf countries. Its becoming more of a concrete jungle nowadays.
Before I leave here is a forward I received from a friend about gulf. Enjoy

This is GULF

* Local calls are free

* Petrol is cheaper than water, Payment for drainage too

* Any building construction finishes in 3 months

* Unqualified get more salary than Qualified

* Show-off matters more than real quality & performance

* Laborers are paid less than what they can earn back in their own country

* Companies can kick out their employees without any reason

* Wastas (recommendation) are more powerful than money

* Cleaners have more Wasta than officers

* Watchman has more Rights than the Building Owner

* Office boy & Drivers have more influence on Boss than Manager

* Gulf climate changes so fast, in one hour u can see raining, dust storm, hot / humid / chilling weather

* Gulf is located in desert, still u find greenery everywhere

* If u can't earn money in the Gulf, u can't earn anywhere in the world
* In Gulf, time goes very fast, Friday to Friday comes u never know, its sooo fast

* Every bachelor has a dream of getting married and buying a house in India

* U love your parents, friends, relatives 100 times more than when you were together

* Being at home is more painful than being at work

* Indians appear/pretend to be more religious/God fearing than they really are

* Theatres are full of Arab nationals whenever there is a movie of Salman / Sharukh

* Gulf girls sing Hindi songs but don't understand anything

* Prostitutes available, but cheaper than beggars

* Dance Bars and Pubs more than that in B'lore

* A ladies hair saloon every 5 meters

* Food/Grocery delivery to the car

* A Starbucks every 10 meters

* Hard Rock Cafe with no alcohol

* A Shopping Mall located every 5km

* Highway lanes differentiated for slow & fast drivers

* Getting a license is more difficult than getting a car

* Smashed cars are more than bugs

* Parking charge: 2 Dirham for 1 hour - 5 Dirham for 2 hours & so on

* No Queues for women


* GREEN : Signal to go for Americans, Europeans and Indians

* YELLOW : Signal to go for Egyptians and Pakistanis

* RED : Signal to go for Kuwaitis, Saudis & Palestinians