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Bad day lighten up with a great movie!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by vincentloy

Today is the day for my final presentation for my design studio this semester. After days of insufficient sleep and constantly glued to my laptop working for this assessment, the judgement time finally arrives. However, things turned out to be bad this morning when I get quite harsh criticisms from the lecturers. I’m open to feedback but they should have said it out to me on my design during the tutorial sessions earlier. And then, here they came stabbing not only on my design, but also on almost everyone’s else. I’m shocked to see them complimenting on somebody’s works that are obviously lacking in quality and quantity and then criticizing heavily on people who produced serious amount of works. They even asked us ‘what went wrong?’. My answer deep down in my heart would be ‘You guys are the ones who went wrong!’.

I’m hoping my lecturers won’t be seeing this. It’s just me voicing out my frustration of the day. I’m quite confident of my level of works (I put in more time and effort on it than I put on my previous two design studios) and I didn’t see what’s happening today coming to me. It’s literally 80% negative comments and only 20% of consolation words. I knew they are trying to force us to improve further and face the harsh reality, but that is something that I’m not ready to face after putting so much effort and passion on it. They will never understand. I’m also surprised to see them not agreeing and again harshly criticizing on most of the other people’s works too, some of which are very well done from my point of view.

Let’s not talk about them anymore. It’s over. Arrghh…it’s not. This final studio presentation this time is not actually the ‘final’ as we have the portfolio submission that requires immense amount of new stuff from us and covers a huge percentage of our grading of the unit for the semester. This studio is really giving me all sort of pressure and literally headache. We are supposed to have this studio end by now and not prolonged with more works to be done. This is so unlike the last two design studios. Our lecturers are making life so much more unnecessarily difficult for us.

The only positive thing to cheer me up today after the studio’s presentation is the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie. Finally, it’s the time for me to get some much needed break and went for a new movie. There are so many cool movies out now but ‘Wonder Woman’ is my top priority. And I didn’t choose wrongly. It’s such an amazing movie that not only strikes with lots of actions but also strikes right to the heart. Gal Gadot is impressive and spectacular as the titular character. I don’t think there is anyone else that could portray this superhero better than her. She is not only here for the attacks to save the day, but also here to carry the whole movie with passionate acting and engaging performance. And not to mention that she is incredibly pretty and hot too. I’m melted. Chris Pine is also great in portraying as her lover, Steve Trevor.

I think this is the first time that DC movie is doing it right. The previous DC superhero movies are just average and not as good as Marvel ones but this ‘Wonder Woman’ came out as an exception to my delight. The plot is nice and easy to grasp, the chemistry and romance between the two lead cast is amazing, the actions are awesome, the visual effects are cool, the score are intense and dramatic, the emotions are there, the messages are there. There is also one unexpected major plot twist regarding the revelation of the main villain in this movie. I did not see that coming. And that is great. What more do you want? There are even some nice hilarious scenes put in to create a lighter tone which is an approach not very much attempted in DC movies’ style that prioritizes dark and serious mood. It’s a good addition to the movie to keep everyone entertained from beginning till the end. I literally have not a single bad words for this movie. Well done to DC! Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Wonder Woman’ a total of 8.2. It is very engaging and thrilling! I love it. This is one cool awesome movie.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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Finally had an awesome stress-free weekend. And a movie review for ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016).

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2016 by vincentloy

After having done my final submission for my design studio on last Friday, I’m finally having a great stress-free weekend. It’s something that I don’t get to see for the many past weeks. My second semester is going to end soon and now I can start to feel all the burden and pressure going off slowly from my mind and body. Anyway, there are still two submissions before I can officially call it the end of the semester. But for right now, I think I deserve some time to rest and chill and this is the perfect weekend for it. It’s also my second last weekend here in Perth before I fly back to Malaysia for my year end break.

My day was fully occupied yesterday. It started with a shopping in Westfield Carousel mall alone while waiting for my friend to come over and fetch me. It’s nice to shop alone as you have no distraction. But clothing on sale here are pretty expensive and I couldn’t buy a lot. Then, I joined my friends for an over 2-hours badminton session. There are three courts for us and so everyone of us have to be like almost playing non-stop this time. It’s an intense session but fun. Then, I’m back to the mall for lunch and accompanying my friends for shopping this time.

Then, I spent the rest of the day attending the early Christmas gathering in my friend’s house. It’s a potluck dinner and everyone brought a Christmas present to be exchanged. I’m having a great time and after it ended, we were all feeling exhausted after a long busy day. Time passed like faster than usual yesterday.

Just this morning, I head back to Carousel mall again, but this time, is to watch a movie. I watched ‘Doctor Strange’, a Marvel superhero movie that I’m much anticipating due to the critical acclaim the film received right now. The film turned out to be very good from the great acting by the main cast (Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen). Those are the actors and actresses that I like and they are all in this movie. The visual effects are fantastic. I think it’s the film with best visual effects this year so far and I think it stand a chance to win Best Visual Effects in the Oscars. The movie relied a lot on CGIs that most parts of them reminded us on ‘Inception’ movie too. I have to really compliment the effort put on the graphic of this movie that seriously paid off.

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The story is fast-paced, some scenes are hilarious, and the characters’ development is there eventhough it’s a bit not enough for Rachel and Mads’ characters. The actions are brilliant as expected based on Marvel standard. Overall, the movie is really good and it revealed the fifth Infinity Stone in the whole Marvel cinematic universe that will leads to the Avengers: Infinity Wars. There are also two scenes after the end of the movie not to be missed. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Doctor Strange’ a total of 8.0. It’s exciting and it’s considered something fresh and out of typical dimension in Marvel’s formula. I’m interested to know how are they going to bring in Doctor Strange to join the Avengers team later on.

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Raya holiday is over! And a movie review for Ant-Man (2015).

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by vincentloy

Ahhaa…time flies. Raya holiday is over. Despite not going out for a vacation as we usually have during Raya holiday, we still have plenty of activities to go through for the days. I went to Raya open house by Prime Minister at Putrajaya (my earlier post already described about it), tried on a newly opened and very cheap Japanese restaurant in my neighbourhood (the sushi were good), played and won quite a lot in rummy game with family, ate my favourite fruit; durians which are only available during its season, went to Malacca for a quick food trip with my sister, and watched two movies. I have written a review for ‘Harbinger Down’ film earlier, and now it’s time for ‘Ant-Man’ by Marvel.

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‘Ant-Man’ is the latest film by Marvel after ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ this year, and it introduces a new superhero to the spotlight from the already huge ensemble of superheroes in Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‘Ant-Man’ up to the big screen! In Marvel story, once a person wear the Ant-Man suit, he can shrink to size of an ant and revert back to original human size, can have telepathic communications with insects and be the leader of the insects’ army, and is very quick in combat when he is in ant-size. In the movie, Scott Lang whom is previously a burglar have to redeem himself for his daughter by taking up the job by Dr. Hank Pym as an Ant-Man to save the world by preventing the Ant-Man technology from landing into the hands of bad people.

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The movie performs well and distinguishes itself from the many other Marvel films already released earlier mainly because of the ‘getting small’ part. That’s the main element of the story not present in other superhero films thanks to the ability of the titular character to shrink in size. Superheroes are mostly big, but now we see a superhero as small as an ant and he is great in it! The plot is quite typical and predictable whereby we have a villain (that’s a must) with his own shrinking-in-size suit creation named Yellowjacket, then a doctor that realizes a big problem and find a guy who wants to give a good image to his daughter to be the hero and save the day. Not that complicated and I like how the story in this movie links back to many Marvel subjects (like Hydra, Avengers, SHIELD, etc). The connections are plenty and are awesome.

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When we see a superhero film, we will certainly concentrate on its actions! Yup..Ant-Man delivered on that. It’s a fresh thing to see superhero battling it out in a small scale while people hardly notice it. The ‘strangeness’ and the ‘smallness’ from that situation are advantages for the film. Eventhough some action sequences are too quick and messy (many things going at once that can get me dizzy sometimes), but overall I enjoy them. Paul Rudd is wonderful in portraying the Ant-Man, while the other cast also did considerably good works in their respective roles. There are also bits of humour throughout the movie for a good entertainment. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Ant-Man’ a total of 7.7.

Not bad. I didn’t have any high expectation before watching this movie and now I’m quite impressed. Well done, Marvel. You produced another brilliant work from a new superhero despite not receiving very good box office return this time. Anyway, Ant-Man would still now join the Avengers in future movies. And if you haven’t watch it, please stay until the very end of the credits of the movie for one mid-credit and one post-credit scene.

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So hyped by the new trailer of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Certainly the era of superhero movies by Marvel and DC Comics.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by vincentloy

Recently, many people especially fans of superhero-based comics were hyped of the first trailer release for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, a movie featuring the two titular characters and will be released on March next year. The teaser released much earlier revealed nothing much about this highly anticipated movie. Finally, its first full-length trailer is out from the recent Comic-Con 2015 event. I myself watched the trailer few times to figure out how the story might goes and also to inspect all the details revealed in the trailer alone. If you haven’t watch the trailer yet, here it is:

I’m quite excited for this movie. There’s Batman (Ben Affleck) fighting Superman (Henry Cavill)! Who wouldn’t like it? But none of them is the main villain of the movie. That role goes to Lex Luthor, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. He is the one that said the creepy lines ‘The red capes are coming…the red capes are coming’ before the end of the trailer. Previously, many people voiced their doubts and objections for the casting of Ben and Jesse. After this trailer, I myself personally think that both of them will nail their respective role. Many now are still not convinced by Lex but I think that the director wanted this villain to be something not typical, hence chosen Jesse to take on that role as he is great in portraying nerdy billionaire (Lex is someone like that). But honestly, I’m not happy with that ugly hair. Anyway, he is going to be bald later in the movie.

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People are also quarreling over across social medias on who will win in the fight if Batman and Superman really battle it all out. The red caped one is with power out of this world, can fly, can shoot laser beam from the eyes, extreme speed and massive strength. The black caped one is with huge strength, huge wealth, intelligent mind and advanced weaponry. I would say the red caped one wins. Sorry, Batman fans. Ahhaa…Wonder Woman would also be in this movie. But her role reminds me of Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the one that has Christian Bale as the Batman. It’s just to add in a female aid to prevent movie from being too male-driven. The trailer looks awesome and what we can do now is to just wait and see.

No doubt, this is the era for superhero movies! There is at least two superhero movies released every year. The market is strong for this genre right now. These movies will generate huge bucks in worldwide box office no matter how bad they performed to critics. First we have Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), a series of superhero films based on publications by Marvel Comics. It began much earlier (in 2007) than DC cinematic universe and had already produced 12 films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man) with 10 more (Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, untitled Spider-Man film, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part 2, Inhumans)  in various stages of production.  MCU has up to now grossed over US$ 8.5 billion, making it the highest grossing film franchise of all time.

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DC cinematic universe (DCCU) comprising films set in fictional shared universe based on characters in publications by DC Comics started way later in 2013. It has currently produced only 1 film (Man of Steel) with 12 more (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part 1, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Part 2, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, untitled Batman film, untitled Man of Steel sequel) in various stages of production. DCCU is like following the footstep of MCU, hence creating a competitive environment in this particular genre of movie. Marvel is light and friendly while DC is always going in darker tone.

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Spotlights are on both Marvel and DC to deliver on all these planned new superhero-based movies which are sure to make our upcoming years in cinema fascinating!

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Dubai, The Futuristic City

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by vincentloy

When somebody ask you which cities in the world now has the characteristics of a futuristic city? Then, everyone would answer the same, Dubai.

Dubai is the most populous emirate out of the seven emirates in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is also the only emirate that undergoes tremendous development.

Few decades ago, Dubai is just a small unknown town in a hot desert. Now, it has been one of the world famous city due to the tourists’ attraction. Rapid growth still continues in the city despite the recent global financial and economic crisis…

There are so many developments in the city, with hundreds of constructions going on, including some extreme engineering projects that are to be mentioned below…

Dubai Internet City

– information technology park.

– free economic zone, strategic base for companies targeting regional emerging markets.

– officially opened in October 2000.

 

Dubai Media City

– a tax free zone, regional hub for media organizations.

– over 84 towers in the city section.

 

Dubai Knowledge Village

– offers facilities for training and learning support activities, a free economic zone.

– includes of training centres, HR companies and professional centres.

 

Dubai International Finance Center

– a near-shore financial hub for the MENA, containing a capital market designated as a financial free zone.

– There are six primary sectors of focus within the DIFC: Banking Services (investment banking, corporate banking and private banking); capital markets (equity, debt instruments, derivatives and commodity trading); asset management and fund registration (fund registration, fund administration and fund management); reinsurance; Islamic finance and back office operations.

 

Dubai Healthcare City

– targeted at the healthcare and the pharmaceutical industries.

– consists of collection of medical teaching institutions, private hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical offices and research centres, and spas and rehabilitation centres. It also includes some residential villas, apartments, and 5-star hotels surrounding an artificial lake, and is designed to promote medical tourism.

 

Dubai Maritime City

– multi purpose maritime zone.

– consists of an Academic Quarter, Marine District, Harbour Residences, Marina District and Industrial Precint.

 

Dubai Sports City

– apartment building with several sports facilities.

– has a multi-purpose outdoor stadium (60 000 seats), cricket ground (25 ooo seats), indoor arena (10 000 seats), field hockey stadium (5 000 seats), a 18-hole golf course.

Dubai Studio City

– part of Dubai Media City too.

– cater to the production needs of the region and has plans to build movie studios.

– will have pre-built studios, sound stages, workshops, backlots and stage areas, a broadcast centre housing offices and post-production studios, and a business centre for freelancers. The cluster will also house film and television academies, location approval services, entertainment and retail spaces, and hotels and residential facilities to accommodate crews and casts.

 

Dubai Silicon Oasis

– technology park, aiming to become a world centre for electronic innovation, research, and development.

– Comprising office towers, R&D and industrial zones, educational institutions, apartments and villas, hotels, healthcare and a range of lifestyle facilities, DSO provides a dynamic commercial and social environment.

 

The World Islands

– man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of the world map and located four kilometres off the coast of Dubai.

– built primarily using sand dredged from the sea.

– 9km in length, 6km in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater.

– will have different type of developments on these small islands based on the needs of the buyers.

 

Dubai Marina

– district in the heart of new Dubai.

– whole marine is entirely man-made and will contain of over 200 highrise buildings like some supertall skyscrapers, Dubai Marina Towers, The Torch Dubai Marina, Infinity Tower, The Princess Tower, Tamani Hotel Marina, Marina Terrace, Le Rêve (Dubai) and Horizon Tower.

– when completed, will become the world largest man-made marine.

 

Dubai Business Bay

– a central business district which features numerous skyscraperslocated in an area where Dubai Creek will be dredged and extended.

– will have upwards of 230 buildings, attracting commercial and residential developments.

 

Dubai Metro

– driverless, fully automated metro network in Dubai.

– will be the longest fully automated rail system in the world when completed in year 2010.

 

Dubailand

– an entertainment complex, divided into four phases.

– will include 45 mega projects and 200 sub projects.

– will have theme parks like Dubai Walt Disney World, Sahara Kingdom Theme Park, Dreamworks Theme Park, Six Flags Theme Park, Freej Dubailand, Marvel Superheroes Theme Park, Legoland Theme Park.

– Other open attractions: Dubai Autodrome in Dubai Motor City, the Global Village, Al Sahra Desert Resort.

– Seven Zones (Worlds)

  • Attractions & Experience World 13 km² (5.2 mile²)
    • Warner Bros. Movie World
    • Legoland Dubai
    • Six Flags Dubailand
    • Dreamworks Studios Theme Park
    • Universal Studios Dubai
    • F1-X Theme Park Dubai
    • Tiger Woods Dubai
    • Bawad
    • Falconcity of Wonders
    • Fantasia
    • Freej Dubailand
    • Marvel Super Heroes Theme Park
    • Tourism world
    • Legends of Dubailand
    • Aviation World
    • Islamic culture and Science World
    • Global Village
    • Kids City
    • Giants World
    • Water Parks
    • Sahara Kingdom
    • Dubai Snowdome- cancelled as of 2008
  • Retail and Entertainment World 4 km² (1.6 mile²)
    • Flea Market
    • World Trade Park
    • Auction World
    • Factory Outlets
  • Themed Leisure and Vacation World 29 km² (11.2 mile²)
    • Women’s World (LEMNOS) 
    • Destination Dubai
    • Desert Kingdom
    • Andalusian Resort and Spa
  • Eco-Tourism World 75 km² (28.9 mile²)
    • Al Sahra Desert Resort
    • Sand Dune Hotel
    • Al Kaheel
    • Bio World
    • Animal World
  • Sports and Outdoor World 19 km² (7.4 mile²)
    • Dubai Sports City
    • Emerat Sports World
    • Extreme Sports World
    • Plantation Equestrian and Polo Club
    • Dubai Motor City which includes Dubai Autodrome
    • Dubai Golf City
  • Downtown 1.8 km² (0.7 mile²)
    • Mall of Arabia, which will be the world’s largest shopping mall
    • City Walk
    • Restless Planet
    • The Great Dubai Wheel
    • Virtual Game World
  • Science and Planetariums
    • Astrolab Resort

 

Dubai Mall

– one of the world largest shopping mall.

– has the world largest acrylic panel for the Dubai Aquaria in the mall.

 

Dubai World Central

– consists of residential city, logistics city, enterprise city, commercial city, golf resort and an international airport.

 

The Palm Islands

– artificial islands on which major commercial and residential infrastructure will be constructed on.

– consists of Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira.

– will be over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.

 

Hydropolis

– the world first underwater luxury hotel and resort.

– Reinforced by concrete and steel, its Plexiglas walls and bubble-shaped dome ceilings will enable guests to see fish and other sea creatures. It is basically divided into three sections: the land station, where guests will be welcomed; the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel; and the 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. It will cover an area of 670 hectares, about the size of London’s Hyde Park, and will cost an estimated £300 million. It is self-acclaimed to be a 10-star hotel and will be charging circa $5,000 per room per night. The hotel was scheduled to open in late 2006, however due to the engineering and environmental difficulties of constructing an underwater hotel the project is currently delayed and is now expected to be complete sometime in 2009.

 

The Universe Islands

– a cluster of islands forming the shape of the universe (solar system).

– will be located between the Palm Jumeirah, The World, the Jumeirah coast and the Palm Deira.

 

Dubai Falcon City

– project to build a city in Dubai with life-size replicas of the seven wonders of the world plus modern wonders.

– when viewed from space, the city will looks like a falcon.

– project is on-hold.

 

Dubai Festival City

– large residential, business and entertainment development.

– Middle east largest mixed-use development.

– Once completed Festival City will comprise a series of residential communities, numerous hotels, malls, a golf course and other entertainment sites, and a full suite of public services, including schools.

 

Jumeirah Lake Towers

– 79 towers being constructed along the edges of four artificial lakes.

– centerpiece is the Almas Tower.

 

Pentominium

– 120 floors, 618 metres tall, currently under construction, will be completed by 2011.

– will be the tallest all-residential building when it is completed.

Burj Dubai

– almost completed, has already topped out at 818m, the only structure in the world that exceeds 800m or even 700m.

– 169 floors, designed by Adrian Smith (Skidmore, Owings and Merill).

– will be the world tallest structure and building when it is completed by the end of year 2009.

Proposed and Approved Constructions:

Nakheel Tower

– proposed and approved supertall skyscraper, standing at a height of over 1200m with over 200 floors.

– designed by architect, Woods Bagot, construction is currently on-hold and is to be continued by 2010.

Dubai Waterfront

– will be the world largest waterfront and world largest man-made development when completed.

– a conglomeration of canals and artificial islands, will occupy the last remaining Persian Gulf Coastline of Dubai.

– mixed use including commercial, residential, resort, and amenity areas. The vision of the project is “to create a world-class destination for residents, visitors and businesses in the world’s fastest growing city”.

– the artificial islands will form an arc, producing a shelter to the Palm Jebel Ali island.

Dynamic Tower

– proposed 420m skyscraper, 80 floors.

– architect: David Fisher.

– The tower is expected to be architecturally innovative for several reasons:

Uniquely, each floor will be able to rotate independently. This will result in a constantly changing shape of the tower. Each floor will rotate a maximum of 6 metres (20 ft) per minute, or one full rotation in 90 minutes.

It will also be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules. 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. This will allow the entire building to be built in only 22 months. The only part of the tower that will be built at the construction site will be the core. Part of this prefabrication will be the decrease in cost and number of workers (90 instead of 2,000 needed). The total construction time will be more than 30% less than a normal skyscraper of the same size. The majority of the workers will be in factories, where it will be much safer. The modules will be preinstalled including kitchen and bathroom fixtures. The core will serve each floor with a special connection for clean water, based on patented technology used to refuel airplanes in mid-flight.

The entire tower will be powered from wind turbines and solar panels. Enough surplus electricity should be produced to power five other similar sized buildings in the vicinity. The turbines will be located between each of the rotating floors. They could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. The solar panels will be located on the roof. Construction of the Dynamic Tower, is expected to be completed in 2010.

 

There are actually a lot more projects in Dubai that are not mentioned here.

Built:

Burj al Arab

– 321m, 60 floors, designed by Tom Wright.

– stands on an artificial island 280m out of Jumeirah beach.

Rose Tower

– 333m, 72 floors, world tallest all-hotel building.

Emirates Office and Hotel Towers

– 355m (office) and 309m (hotel).

– symbol of Dubai city.

The Atlantis, Palm Island

– a five star hotel, including a water theme park, conference center and retail stores.

– grandest opening ceremony of a hotel ever, with $16 million spent just on the 100 000 fireworks that exploded over the whole Palm Jumeirah in around 15 minutes.

 

Information is taken from wikipedia and from some reliable websites. Pictures are from the internet too.

Really wished to go there for holiday trip!

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