I arrived in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai after visiting Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman to find a city where everything is jumbo-sized. They don’t do anything small in Dubai, making even ‘The Address Downtown Dubai’ hotel and apartment complex look rather tiny. That’s because The Address Downtown Dubai is situated across the from Burj Khalifa, which happens to be the world’s tallest building (828 meters or 2,717 feet).
The Address Downtown Dubai is currently the city’s 11th tallest structure and is elegantly lit up in the evenings. The area around it is home to the Dubai Mall where in the evenings (particularly Friday night) it’s cafes are teeming with people lounging, laughing, and drinking coffee past midnight. I also encountered a small Arab rock band giving a concert on a nearby stage that had been set up.
If you’re headed to Dubai, there’s an overwhelming chance you’ll also end up in this area during your stay. Keep in mind that the line for taxis is absolutely insane with a minimum 45 minute wait on a crowded night. Best to leave early (before 9pm) or stay until the crowds dissipate closer to 1am – don’t worry though, there’s probably enough coffee to hold you over.
You can see more of my pictures from Dubai in the gallery here.