By Shuib Taib

Dubai may be synonymous with Burj Khalifa and shopping, but the old-world charm lingers, writes Shuib Taib.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

IF Paris is famous for the Eiffel Tower and tourists flock to Kuala Lumpur to see Petronas Twin Towers, Dubai has its own centrepiece too.

Standing majestically in the heart of Dubai is Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It glows in the morning sun and the magnificent, beautiful architecture begs you to “climb” it.

The masterpiece in downtown Dubai is surrounded by a lake, a park, hotels, high-end residences, shopping malls including the biggest shopping centre in the world, The Dubai Mall.

We enter Burj Khalifa lobby and are amazed by its splendid and classy interior which is made of glass, stainless steel and polished dark stones. The silver and stone flooring and handmade rugs give it a touch of modernity.
Because it is linked to The Dubai Mall, I am reminded of Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers which is linked to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

There is no doubt in my mind that Burj Khalifa looks more impressive. That is only because KLCC came first. But I smile gleefully to myself because, while Burj Khalifa stands alone, our tallest towers have each other. More info and photos