Dubai: The NEW city of Lights?

Paris is frequently referred to as the City of Lights but spend a couple of nights in Dubai and you can see how this city could topple Paris. 

Visible from almost everywhere in the city is the Burj Khalifa like a needle pointing skywards. It dominates the skyline and can be seen from every direction. 

By day it dominates by its sheer presence and by night it is lit up, appearing as a sliver of light emerging from the lake and shops that surround it.

At 830 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world. Impressive now, it really is a sign of the excesses that can consume Dubai. Opened in 2010 and originally called the Burj Dubai, it was renamed as the Burj Khalifa honour the President of the UAE for his crucial (financial) support.

Although spectacular the Burj Khalifa is not the 
only reason to consider Dubai as the city of

Lights. Spectacularly lit buildings, lakes and forecourts abound throughout the city. At this time of year (January) Dubai is unbelievably pleasant to stroll around, particularly at night. 

Stick your head into one of the many entrances to the luxury hotels around Dubai and you are likely to see beautiful fountains, water features or arches like the one here. This is the entrance to the very grand and upmarket (USD$1,104/night) The Palace Hotel that is part of the "The Address" group of hotels. (No, I DON'T get to stay there!)

The Burj Khalifa is pretty spectacular and stands out at all times of the day. This is a shot taken from the Ras al Khor Wetlands east of Dubai. Taken at around 0630 one morning, it shows that even when not lit up, the Burj is still an impressive sight!