Sunday, June 20, 2010
At The Top
So what was it like? Well, amazingly, I absolutely loved it. I’m sure you’ll remember just how excited I was when it actually opened, and it’s full of fascinating facts as you go through and start your ascent. (Vikki Harris: you’d be all over it. They don’t have the KitKat fact – I think you need to have a word.)
It takes a good 30 minutes from the time you enter to actually getting into the elevator..that’s 30 minutes to have a really good think about the fact that you:
a) are scared of heights
b) have your team with you, who may well see you cry in public
c) have no way of getting down if the lifts fail
It was a tense 30 minutes, let me tell you. The lifts are an experience in themselves: pitch black, flashing lights, and disco music. I think this is to distract you from points a, b and c above. I’m not exaggerating when I say it takes all of 10 seconds to go from ground to 124……compare that to the Empire State Building and it’s a blink of an eye.
Lift doors open, and you’re faced with the most amazing view. Obviously. But it bears re-iterating. Once I’d got over the first terrifying ten minutes or so, it was brilliant. Hey, by the end, I was even strolling around without gripping onto the wall/bars/anything solid that I could get my hands on (sorry James!). It’s spectacular and I can’t recommend it enough. And if you pre-book, it’s 100 dirhams. A bargain in Dubai terms. Visitors, be prepared to pay it a visit, whether you like it or not – I can’t wait to go again!