The more you wander around Dubai, the more you realise that this city is an architectural heaven.

Especially since I’m exploring this metropolis with my best mate (hold tight Yaz) who studies architecture – I get fresh insight into the design of these skyscrapers creating a new found appreciation for the architectural art.

It is impossible to feel anything but small amidst the sprawling towers – it’s dizzying to look up – akin to the feeling I had when I was gawking at the Burj Khalifa.

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During this time, only one question was racing through my mind – how do you build cranes big enough to build these enormous structures? Seriously though; if you know the answer please hit me up, cos I really wanna know!

Today really was spent admiring the man made beauty Dubai has to offer – appreciating the impetus placed on human creativity and innovation.

Perhaps through the most rewarding part of the day was our 7km walk to the Burj al Arab, the world’s first and only 7 star hotel. An architectural beauty in its own right, we arrived just on dusk. And as the sunset lit up the sky, the hotel stood against it – a towering silhouette on the landscape.

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This trip has not been what I expected it to be. Then again, I didn’t really know what to expect. But one thing is for sure – the richness and vibrance of the gulf is definitely there for all to see.

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The Apple Store – Dubai Mall, Dubai.

Ryan Cheng is the founder of The 88, and is passionate about telling stories surrounding travel, culture and identity.

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