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According to Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, bigger is better.  No apologies.

Today we visited the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the world’s largest mall, Dubai Mall.

From Nathan:  Standing 828 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa is pushing architecture and engineering to new heights, literally. You can get great views from the observation deck – 124 floors up.  Dubai has lots of skyscrapers. They are clustered in groups throughout the city.  I found it surprising that just 10 years ago, there were no skyscrapers, just low-standing buildings.  Dubai has really grown fast with all the tourist places, hotel, shops, transportation, and skyscrapers. It has secured a future after the oil money runs out.

Using an app called AutoStitch, I combined 58 photos shot from the Burj Khalifa observation deck to create this panoramic image.

Using an app called AutoStitch, I combined 58 photos shot from the Burj Khalifa observation deck to create this panoramic image.

Burj Khalifa, stitched together

Burj Khalifa, stitched together

From Nathan:  We also went to the world’s biggest mall, right under the Burj Khalifa.  It has many brand names from the U.S. that I recognized.  It also had a whole section of top exclusive brands like Dior, Gucci, and Chanel.  One baby sweater costs around $300!

Did I mention the mall had an aquarium, ice rink, and taxis inside?!