Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dubai (2) Designing 007 and the Dubai Fountain

Monday, 26 December 2016

When I saw that there was an exhibition taking place at the Burj Khalifa, I knew instantly that I needed to go. We thought we could go up to the Burj Khalifa, but the next available dates were after the 4th of January. To go all the way to the top, would have cost roughly R4000 for both of us.

Over 500 original objects from the world's most most spy was on display. This included the famous Aston Martin, suits, gadgets, sketches, Ian Fleming's originals.

PIC

Although we said we wouldn't, we did some shopping! After a quick drink at Tim Hortons, we made our way outside to catch a glimpse of the Dubai Fountain. This happens to be the world's largest musical fountain and is one of the (few) tourist attractions that are actually free!

Performances last up to 5 minutes and occur daily. I have been told that there are powerful jets which shoot water sprays to heights of up to 150 meters in harmony with music. It is illuminated by over 6,000 lights and dozens of colour projectors.

Songs and music accompanying the performances range from contemporary pop to classical. "Time to say goodbye" by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman was playing when we watched it.

I was a bit disappointed though, because I felt like I was watching the performance through other people's phone screens.

When the crowd started to disperse, my mum suggested we go for a lake ride. Apart from the howling baby with us, it was serene. We were surrounded by the glittering skyline of Dubai. Suddenly, we stopped. And my heart skipped a beat. As the fountains started to dance, tears welled up in my eyes.

Manmade or not, I was overwhelmed to see such beauty before me. And how precious to be able to share this moment with my mum!


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