T’was on this same fortunate month, 5 years back, when I first stepped on this never before heard emirate called Dubai. I brought with me my hopes and dreams which are also common to all expats who are gazing for answers. Earn a good living, build a family etc etc.
As a gazillion testament to this famous phrase, I would say it again, “time flies really fast”. 🙂 I got a decent job, I married my long time, loving & beautiful girlfriend then, now my wife, I got a handsome 3-year old son, a soon to be born baby girl come February (next month), and made more friends which is indeed a realization of it all, as what my wife mentioned in her post The Year That Was.
From my good friend’s 50th floor crib, together with other college friends, we have witnessed how the beautiful Burj Khalifa of Dubai welcomed the New Year 2013. Its psychedelic fireworks display simply illustrates how Dubai wanted the new year and the years to come, to be.
Personally, I was like taking it as a celebration too for my 5 fruitful years stint here as an expat.
To those who haven’t gone to this fastest developed mega city, these snaps are for you. What you will see here are truly the reflections of what Dubai really is now.
We can hear the sounds of the hovering helicopters waiting for the fireworks to start while around 20 of us squeezing in the balcony shouting the remaining seconds of the countdown.
Hurriedly tried to find the final setting of my camera...
... and finally settled with this one, few more seconds to go before the clock hit 12 midnight sharp...
Khalifa in its glory...
...the color turned into red and the previously ring-like display twirled around Khalifa which has added more drama to the presentation...
...all of Downtown Burj Dubai also erupted with purple-colored fireworks display. A synchronized presentation which involved Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall Fountain and the Downtown Burj Dubai neighborhood...
...another set of rings, that made Khalifa look like in hula hoops... :)
...this pic made me think of those thousands of people who wrestled the overcrowded path walks and alleys just to have a closer look at Burj Khalifa. 🙂 Now, isn't that the biggest Christmas tree in the world? :)
I'd like to take this chance to thank our host, a classmate and a good friend Moses David Adaza for having us all on his crib (50th floor, flat #_ _ _ Churchill Tower, Business Bay)
... and the so-called Tsing Tao Breezer Group for the uber-fun NYE 2013 party :)
...what a great morning it was, 1st of January year 2013. Taken hours after the food, the booze, the singing, the dancing, the fun and the laughter on NYE. :)
I can hardly see any movement in the Business Bay area, seems like everybody's zzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiii-iiiiing still on their beds... :)
...with this, Burj Khalifa is like a cold gun barrel after firing several rounds of ammo, resting vertically... :)
... the so called finishers of the group, we stayed at Moi's crib for 24 hours LOL
...with the half-awake host, Moi...
... and the sun is setting in on this one. Sunlight is the best photography lighting; natural and free :). Khalifa turned into gold...
... took another snap from the same spot of my morning shot..
... the streets turned into a melted-like gold...
...or wast it like a flowing lava? (partly seen here is the tip of Dubai Creek)
...Burj Khalifa in here, signifies the firm and strong bond of us as a couple... (although our son can't keep his eyes off Burj Khalifa)
... that gives us this special treasure, our son Ilori...
May 2013 and the years to come be as colorful as the Burj Khalifa fireworks presentation, and our life to be as colorful as can be.