On September 1st 2008, the Burj Dubai reached a record 688 meters. It stands at 160 stories and is still marching skyward.
Last April it became the tallest man made structure on earth.
With the final opening of the Shanghai pretender it's officially without rival.
Every time I come to Dubai I make a point of taking its picture and wonder how much taller it can possibly get. It's going to be something when it finally opens its doors. It boggles the mind to think of the fearless demeanor the guy who sits in the crane at the top of the structure has.
How do you that every morning?Dubai has been built by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who are mostly invisible to the shopping and merry-making majority. They die in accidents, are exploited, stiffed on their wages and roast daily in the 40+ heat.
Its a tough life. They sweat to send home whatever they can scrimp together. There's no union nor protests at the appalling conditions cause they're aware that thousands would queue up to take their place.
They always smile when you point the camera at them...after they warm up a bit anyway.
That's if for today.
The sun has come down on this last day of the trip and that means I can eat something as the Ramadan fast is done for the day.Home tomorrow!!!
Jess on Saturday!
Life is sweet!
Love to all