Dubai - nedogorod in the desert
• Dubai - nedogorod in the desert
What comes to mind at the mention of Dubai? High skyscrapers, artificial islands, beaches can ... Well, more various other miracles that sometimes slips in the news, causing us to think that these sheikhs more money than sense ... For the majority of Dubai - is something that's this:
Or maybe something like this here - see a photo you'd think Dubai - almost Hong Kong:
In fact, these photos are very deceptive. Most of Dubai - is not skyscrapers - mainly the city looks like this:
That is skyscrapers in Dubai certainly is, and basically a lot. But they are concentrated in very specific locations. There is a main thoroughfare of the city - Sheikh Zayed Road. It runs along the coast of the Persian Gulf, but not right next to him ... Look at the map:
At first it may seem that way to Sheikh Zayed (marked by the red line) is in a "couple of blocks" from the coast. But here, as in Beijing, the scale of the problem - in fact it is the distance of two to three kilometers. So one assembly of Dubai skyscrapers lined up along this road.
This is how it looks - along the road there is a row of tall buildings, and more - and to the beach, anything above trohetazhek no. No smooth transition here is not observed.
The upshot is impressive
The rest is in the Marina - on the map a little Levey Palma.
Marina artificial way, as well, and the whole landscape of Dubai, in addition to the desert and the coast. By nature, this area looks like this:
It looked like the entire Dubai hundred years ago. So look, and today those parts in the development of which is not billions of dollars have been invested. It is worth to drive twenty minutes by car from the Marina, and around is just such a landscape. But back to the center on Sheikh Zayed road. It could be assumed that the central highway is any boulevard, made for people. Certainly not. Here we see a very broad highway with six lanes in each direction. It can only go where there is a metro station (Metro line also runs along this road).
Metro Stations are all the same. Lovely.
Dubai - a city in which it is necessary to look from above, out of his finished pieces look nice. That Zayed road as well - from the top is very personal. On the level of human growth, it looks like this:
baggy empty sidewalks, huge overhead crossings, and not a single person around. Between transitions here the whole metro stop - at best a kilometer, although there are distance and more. However, Dubai despite the wide sidewalks absolutely not pedestrian - all cruising. Because of this, even six lanes a little - at rush hour jam clogged the main highway.
Pedestrians in Dubai - as second-class people, often do not separate the entrances to different places for them. For example, to go from the street to the mall The Dubai Mall (the largest shopping mall in the world - another Dubai record), I had to go down to the multi-storey car park. Entrance for pedestrians - on the elevator together with the drivers just parked their cars.
If you search well, you can find the areas designed for pedestrians. But this kind of zagonchik. They need to come by car, to walk on the space allotted for this purpose. That's the area near the beach in Marina.
The root of all the problems of Dubai - is the climate. There are only three months of the year (December to February), daily temperature falls below 30 degrees. And to me, so I was lucky: today, in the first half of September, the heat stable up to 40 - 45, and in the evening "cooled" to 35. Of course one might say - the fool, that is the time to go. This is partly true - but then the city is designed for its residents all year round. In such a climate, to be outside longer than ten minutes, it is simply impossible. Therefore, in Dubai there is no street life, itself. All sorts of interesting troubles there. Such as an island in the form of palm trees. The highest skyscraper in the world there. A street life - what makes the city the city - no. Therefore, I call Dubai nedogorodom.
Remember the Soviet Union was in a fairy tale about an old man Hottabych? He was a genie, he could do anything. And sotrovil his friend, a pioneer Wolke, beautiful marble telephone. True phone did not work, because Hottabych did not know that he must have complex electrical innards - only he did something very similar in appearance to the phone. Here Dubai is such a cargo cult of the city, it is missing something that makes other big cities in the world alive and interesting.
The whole life here goes shopping centers and hotels, as powerful air conditioners are working there. They are all the restaurants, all the bars, nightclubs and all attractions. All of this network - you can find a restaurant at any level, op Burger King to steyhausa expensive, but it will steyhaus some known European network. Its nothing. Small, izvetntye only local eatery that add charm to any big city, just can not be here.
In Dubai, the whole city is arranged so that the people as little as possible had to be outside in the heat. Ideal everything is designed for what you get out of their air-conditioned hotel ICs, and sit in air-conditioned taxi, and you go to dine in the air-conditioned restaurant in the mall. Here even the transitions in the subway (which is from the main road) is also air-conditioned.
Since the transition is long, it does have a moving walkway in each direction. This is the way a typical alignment of local crossings - air conditioning, and two of these tracks. Here's an example to get to the Burj Khalifa, it is necessary from the subway at this transition about two kilometers to walk (or drive). Along the way, nowhere svernesh. From the outside it looks like this:
I think if one day we will start building a city on Mars, Dubai's experience in the construction of closed spaces for living is very useful ...
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The second big problem of Dubai - is that he is in the desert, which is not fully captured. I have already said that between the buildings full of vacant lots, even in areas where there are skyscrapers ...
It seems that the city's builders too ambitious grabbed the territory under it, and now can barely fill the area. Entire neighborhoods in the urban grid are simply not available.
Dubai reminded me of something an earthquake destroyed downtown Christchurch - there is also a lot of such holes. And yet, who was at Burning Man, and remained until the end of the week, when the church burned, know how to look Black Rock City when half blocks already understood and left. Dubai reminded me of the picture, the more that the vacant lots between the blocks filled with nothing - through the rectangular hole seen the desert, on which the city is built. The sand of these places the wind blows across the city. He settles in the crevices of cobbled streets tiles.
In some places, the city did not have enough strength even to build up both sides of its main artery, Sheikh Zayed Road. In such cases, enterprising Arabs fill the space with huge billboards, the height of three-storey house. On the street level is not particularly striking, and on top of an illusion does not work ...
While the entire city is actively being built - it is practically impossible to photograph anything in the street, so the shot did not hit construction cranes. I think another ten years, and no holes will be left (well, at least in the central parts).
During the day the whole city mishandled whitish haze - visibility is very poor. I do not know what it is - dust or moisture ...
But then begins the twilight, and Dubai dressed in their bright lights, but very beautiful girl in dramatic makeup and expensive clothes.
In this way, you look at it, and it's hard to believe that it is - a defective town, old layout Hottabych ...
In the next post, read about the various features of the wonders of Dubai, the emirate's government.