Magic Man & I spend far too much time watching the Discovery and Science channels. As a result, we've learned some really cool things, have seen some awesome places and have created a list of MUST SEE places on Earth. We don't really like calling it a BUCKET LIST because let's face it - that does have a rather negative connotation, right?
We've had Dubai on our must see list for a long time. Let's examine this easy little equation. Gas is $3.19 a gallon. Dubai is in an oil rich country. What should they do? Oh I know! Build some outrageous stuff! Our pals in Dubai are doing just that -- time and time again.
We aren't hatin' on the people of Dubai - they are very creative people and willing to push engineering to its very edge! There's so much interesting construction going on there. Just do a little 'ol Google search on construction in Dubai and you'll see all the projects they've got in process or completed.
Check out Palm Island. Totally man-made by pumping sand from miles out in the ocean into this shape. It constantly erodes and has to be repumped to keep its shape all the time. There are 2 or 3 other islands like the Palm that have been built too. And get this!!! You can see these islands from space - with just your plain 'ol eyesight! Who would ever attempt this other than those wacky and inventive Dubaians?
Then there's the Burj Tower - a whopping 2,950 feet tall (or maybe higher) and 220-some odd floors! Yiiiiiikes! Not sure I'll actually be able to go to the top of this thing. That's up there, folks! But what a sight to see, right? Oh and not to be outdone, the architects who created this masterpiece have kept their plans under wraps so if anyone comes along in another city with plans to build a bigger tower, they can just add a few more floors to out-do whoever is trying to take their cake. Yeeowza!
Let's not leave out Sunny Mountain Ski Dome. It's a true winter experience with REAL SNOW in an indoor facility. Temps will be kept at a frigid +10°c. Open year round, it will provide a real winter experience to those in Dubai. You can ski down a revolving ski slope (huh???), view its indoor mountain range, take a stroll across an ice bridge, get lost in an ice maze or just kick back and dine is its fine eating establishments. Oh, they'll have polar bears in there too. I wanna go! I wanna go!
Start savin' your pennies - there's a big ol world out there to see. Let's hit the road!