Metro Station # 24 - Financial Centre (Rishadiya Bound)
Now look for two tower buildings connected at the top. This is the Dusit Dubai Thani Hotel, a 502 foot distinctive structure of 40 floors with interiors decorated with a Thai influence and boasts 2 great restaurants – Thai and Italian.
Find next a building with gold columns running down the sides. This is the Al Attar Tower a 38 floor post modern design that rises 518 feet. Completed in 1999, it is one of the early skyscrapers in New Dubai.
Now look for a very tall clock tower – resembles Big Ben clock Tower in London. This 72 story building is the Al Yacuob Tower and said to be one of the last of the towers with a “gimmicky” design.
Next to Big Ben is The Tower, a 798 foot 54 story structure that reminds people of the Woolworth Tower in New York City. Its design is called modern eclectic arabesque.
Metro Station #23 – the Emirate Towers stop, provides another look at the beautiful Emirates Towers. This stop is also home to the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) recognized as a marriage between business, art and food.
*** Good place to stop – You can follow the EveryTrail Walking Tour DIFC Gate Village Art Gallery Walking Tour and tour the beautiful art galleries and enjoy a bite to eat at the great restaurants.
Metro Station #22 – World Trade Centre
Look for a cream colored shorter building that resembles an egg crate. This is The World Trade Center (WTC). Completed in 1979 it was dedicated in a grand ceremony my Queen Elizabeth.
The WTC was the brain child of the first ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Bon Saeed Al Maktoum, and was the first building dedicated to establishing Dubai as an international center for commerce and trade and the tallest building in the UAE at that time. It stands 39 stories and is 489 feet tall.
Just beyond the WTC you see a building with a golf ball on top. This is the Etisalat building. Etisalat is one of the two cell phones providers in the UAE.
There are similar Etisalat buildings in each of the other six emirates. The “golf ball” on top is actually a communications orb packed with telecommunication transmitters and receivers. The 15 story building is made of glass, steel and concrete.
Look out into the distance, and if the sun is shining, you should see it reflected off a triangle that is the top of a pyramid. This is the Raffles Hotel at the Wafi Mall (yes, another Mall). Pyramid you ask? You guessed it! The mall has a section that is decorated in an Egyptian theme.
The large mass of greenery you are seeing is Zabeel Park. This beautiful park, bisected by highways, offers a lake, an amphitheatre, 4.3 meter jogging track, a cricket pitch and an adventure playground for the children.
Before and after the Karama Metro Station # 20 you will see a typical Indian neighborhood in Dubai. There are tales of great shopping bargains to be had here if you know how to bargain.