Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby robbalvey » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:02 pm

It was time to get the last credit of the trip. Awww... :(

However, today's credit would actually end up being the best coaster we rode in all of the UAE! (Although that is not saying much!)

Read on...
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The highlight of today would be visiting the Burj Khalifa!
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But first, a quick stop at EPCOT Center! =)
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For those of you that may not know, Burj Khalifa if the tallest building in the world standing at 2,717 feet! Over 1,000 feet TALLER than the 2nd tallest building in the world. It's freakin' HUGE!
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The Burj Khalifa is part of a huge downtown complex that includes the Dubai Mall, which also happens to be the largest mall in the world! The mall is a strange place as it houses some of the most "upscale" sections of a mall I've ever seen, as well as your typical average Joe stores. Overall, though, walking into the place, it does scream "high class."
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The Dubai Mall is actually home to TWO theme parks! The first being a "kids only" park called KidZania...
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And the 2nd is, of course, Sega Republic!
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Sega Republic is a lot...and I mean a LOT like Joypolis in Tokyo.
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While it was much smaller than Joypolis, it had some pretty interesting attractions.
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Spingear was easily the best coaster we rode on this trip. While that's not saying too much, it was actually really decent!
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Hooray for Gerstlauer spinner! Finally a REAL coaster in the UAE! =)
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Like most of the other indoor parks in the UAE, this one was also very well themed.
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And it actually spun pretty good too!
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One of the more popular attractions from Joypolis was also found at Sega Republic.
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Not sure who makes this flat ride, but it's certainly one of the more unique rides I've seen.
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And because it's in a Sega park, and everything here is like a video game, you DO actually control it a bit as you can make it spin when it gets to the top of the spike.
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Oooh! Little did we know when we took this photo we would be in training for The Santa Claw!
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I really, really want to win a Yoshi!
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...and I GOT one!!!
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Of course, being a Sega park there are game everywhere.
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All the games and attractions are on two different levels.
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Sonic says THANK YOU for visiting my park!
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Check out the size of this place! And you thought Mall of America was big!
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We were actually amazed at the amount of western and "American" stuff they had here.
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Hershey's Chocolate World...sans the dark ride!
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Santa Claus REPRESENT in the Middle East!
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Like the world needs more Cinnabon.
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Daniel Snyder must be proud.
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Arabic Taco Bell was actually kind of cool!
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For some reason Baja Fresh was the last place I expected to see in Dubai!
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This stuff is always awesome!
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Even the fast food had a slightly more upscale presentation.
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Most of these around us have closed down!
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Would you like to add a fried egg to your double cheese bacon burger?
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The more upscale sections of the mall also had more upscale eateries...
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Even the famous Magnolia Bakery had a shop here! (in the more upscale section, of course...)
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For the price we paid, that better be the best damn cup cake you've ever had!
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And now it was time to do it all the way to the top!
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Just in case you didn't know what the tallest building in the world looked like that you just spent $40 per person to go up, here's a model of it.
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I also get winds of 198 kph after eating Taco Bell and Baja Fresh!
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There is even a pre-show on the way to the elevators!
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Noted!
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Even the elevator was insanely themed! Video screens all around you, lights, sound FX, the entire thing was actually really awesome!
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From the observation deck, Dubai looks like a model!
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And that is one GIANT ASS SHOPPING MALL!!!
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"We are currently 1,483 ft high up...the highest outdoor observation deck in the world!"
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And there is the rest of the building!
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You can point this awesome gun and stuff and it tells you random things.
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Hello Dubai...how's it going?
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It's hard to see, but that is "The World" out there in the distance.
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And speaking about the world, did you know that the world is a carousel of color?
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And if you are impressed with the size of the building, you can take home the scale model Burj Khalifa vibrator for all your nighttime pleasures!

More Dubai coming soon!
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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby Saldek » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:14 pm

^Nice pics of the Burj Khalifa.

Did you get to see the fountain show?
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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby coasterbill » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:15 pm

I've seen a lot of pictures of the Burj Khalifa but I would love to see it in person one day, that must have been an amazing experience. I have a question though, not that 1,483 ft isn't extremely impressive, but is there any way to get to the top of the building (obviously without having an office there). I know with the Empire State Building, you can pay a ridiculous fee to go up to the 102nd floor observatory from the 86th. Is it the same way with the Burj?

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby Midgetman82 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:18 pm

I'm still kicking myself for not stopping by Sega Republic when I was in Dubai back in July, 2009. We strolled in the mall, but didn't pass by the place :x . Oh well, maybe next time.

The view from the top looks amazing! This made me really want to go back there! But the price for the ride up is what would make my dad think twice!
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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby Josh Linn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:19 pm

It's insane that you were up that high and there was still (almost) an Empire State Building above you. I need to see that thing in person before I die.

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby Rastuso » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:48 pm

Sadly, there is no way to go higher, as a member of the public. That really astounded me. EVERYTHING about that building is a world record holder, EXCEPT the observation deck. It is the second highest, but highest outdoor one, meaning it has a roofless section. I was shocked that it wasn't much higher up, or that they at least didn't have a second premium deck like you are saying.

Maybe they'll eventually do that. It's a real head scratcher that they don't have it.

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby MagnumForce » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:33 pm

Only 1400 feet? That is a bit bittersweet, that isn't much different from the sears tower which is only 16 bucks.

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby coasterbill » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:02 pm

I'm not sure how high the Freedom tower's spire will be, but the total height is 1776 feet. I wonder if it's observation deck will be higher than that of the Burj Khalifa.

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby robbalvey » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:19 pm

WARNING! ALVEY RANT AHEAD! TURN BACK NOW IF THIS GETS SAND IN YOUR VAGINA!!!!

Are you guys for real? You're SERIOUSLY f**king complaining about the observation deck that is only ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDERD FEET UP IN THE AIR? And one of only TWO PLACES IN THE WORLD that has a deck that tall, and the ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD that has an outdoor deck that tall? Seriously??? Where the F**K do you want the observation deck to be? ON THE F**KING MOON?!?!?!

The tower and the observation deck was seriously impressive. Stupid people. Shut the F**K up and find something real to complain about.

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Re: Photo TR: Robb & Elissa go to Dubai!

Postby Rastuso » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:31 pm

NOt a complaint. The views up there were awesome.

I was just surprised that the deck wasn't also by far the highest deck. Every other record was shattered by the building.


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