more dubai

currently the tallest building in the world, the burj khalifa (designed by SOM) towers over the rest of the sky scrapers in the DIFC.  it sits in the most horrific suburban shopping complex.

from the observation deck you see the way the desert comes up to the foot of most of the other towers.

nothing is too sparkly here:

i wanted so badly to hate the burj al arab…    but i just couldn’t.    my hotel room overlooked it and i couldn’t get enough…