When we first arrived, we lived in a two bedroom company apartment in a
new development close to Green Community, well
out of Dubai. It served its purpose but also convinced us we needed to move
on and gave us the incentive to invest in our own
So in March 2007, we purchased a one-bedroom apartment in a development called The Waves
in Dubai Marina. Good design, swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, coffee shop,
restaurant and on the marina waterfront. Ten minutes walk to the beach.
Now, Dubai Marina is not your standard world class marina, it is a brand
new city. Hundreds of high rises, many of which are breaking some record or
another. The water itself, 3.5 kms of manmade canal with space for 4,000
boats. The largest man-made marina in the world.
It is impossible to describe Dubai in a few words. Suffice
to say it is breaking new ground in every respect. The amazing speed and
imagination of development and design. The scale of the vision that is
guiding the Emirate to become a unique world class vacation, business,
finance, sport, trade and residential centre.
Experiencing living in Dubai was an opportunity not to be missed. Dubai has
a vision for 2020 which is resulting in spectacular building developments at
an unprecedented speed and scale.
The largest man made islands in the world. The tallest building in the
world. The largest airport in the world, the longest man-made waterfront in
the world. The list goes on. There are no limits to architectsí
imaginations. The majority of new developments are not a part of Dubai city
but a part of several completely new cities. These will all be spectacular
places to visit in a few years time.
Along with this growth comes the
desperate need for improved transport links for commuting workers,
but Dubai is doing its best to cope. New roads are appearing
everywhere. A new metro system is being built in record time.
Dubai has found the middle ground.
Tradition remains, while Western influence and modernisation have been
adopted with great success. Expatriate workers outnumber nationals, but
Dubai has found the way to make this imbalance and the acceptance of
different cultures and religions successful.