We went to Dubai to visit Kate. Her husband Robin works in Dubai. They live in a large compound just 20 minutes from the coast. The whole place was built in the desert. All amenities and structures like roads, drainage, water system, shops,communal swimming pool, shops, school, mosque and all that is needed for living in a confortable housing estate are available and well functioning. Their house is spacous and has a nice garden next door to the golf course. From there you can reach the sea, the town center and the desert in just half an hour. Of course in dubai there are incredible buildings designed in the most modern and capricious ways.
The Berj Khalifa is the tallest construction in the world reaching at its top 1000 meters. From the top you can have a vision of this spectacular town and its surrounding ; the indian ocean and the desert and the tall modern buildings around look like doll houses.