How to discover the real Dubai, beyond the skyscrapers and stereotypes

How to discover the real Dubai, beyond the skyscrapers and stereotypes

My stomach turns slightly as I walk on to the glass-bottomed floor at the top of the Dubai Frame. I am standing 500ft up in a giant golden picture frame (this is quite a literal place, and this is one of the city’s hottest attractions) and looking down is equally thrilling and nauseating.

But somehow, it is the views either side that are more compelling. Looking right I can see those soaring steel skyscrapers that have defined this place.

The dominating presence of the Burj Khalifa (still clinging on to the mantle of tallest building in the world, although China is pursuing that one) epitomises what Dubai has ostensibly been about: a constant drive for things to be bigger, better and more brilliant....

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