At the Top! 13/12/2012

VIEW FROM BK OBDubai boasts of the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa  which reminded me of the Petronas Towers in KL and going up only to  the 124th. floor among the 160 plus floors  in the high speed elevator doesn’t excite you because you are not  literally ‘At the Top’ as it is known. But  you are well compensated at the panoramic view  standing on the observation deck at a height of 800 metres.  You get to see all that modern  Dubai  represents and  once you are back at the ground level, you enter the052 Top of the building Dubai Mall, the largest among the many malls the city boasts of.  It  caters to the needs and fancies of all age groups but what impressed me most was the books section where I found  a large collection of  books in  Arabic  and English, mostly  fiction. In the farthest  corner  were stacked latest arrivals on mass media and I  searched for a book or two on  ‘Feature Writing’  but  there were none.

‘The Palm’, as its name signifies is a tree-shaped artificial island just off Dubai’s Jumeira. Atlantis, the lavish resort with Arabian architecture  looms large   with its magnificence and splendour. Situated on its own 800-metre, private beach on Dubai’s Palm Island, the 5-star Atlantis offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. It provides an underwater aquarium, dolphin-swimming atlantis1opportunities and an extensive water park. It offers 1.5 km of beach access and  you find large boulders forming a boundary. I  could take a shot of the placid waters and a  luxury cruise.

Balak Krishna Srinathji temple and  the adjacent Shiv Mandir, the only Hindu temples in Dubai are frequently visited by the local Hindu community. Shrinathji  is a form of  Krishna, manifest as a seven-year-old child (Balak). The principal shrine of Shrinathji is situated at the temple town  of Nathdwara located 48 Kilometers North-east of UdaipurBOULDERS FORMING BOUNDARY in Rajasthan.  The temple (situated on the first floor) in Bur Dubai  is built in  the north Indian style and the deity  has all his paraphernalia (play things, a parrot etc) occupying both sides of steps  below Him. Timings are strictly adhered to  and perfect discipline is maintained with no one jumping the queue or breaking  rules. The Perumal shop at the entrance stocks everything right from all that one requires for performing puja to gifts and sarees of all kind and range and also Tamil magazines and English  newspapers. Flowers (imported from Madras) are available  at the approach of the temple complex.

There are  other attractions Dubai boasts of, like the museum, several malls Perumal shopand the  Gold souk but we couldn’t make it due to lack of time. But  just managed to have lunch at the most famous and talked of  restaurant, Govindas, in Dubai which offers vegetarian food sans onion and garlic  which was simply delicious.

n.meera raghavendra rao

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