Dubai was strange because it seems to be predicated on nothing. Old Town Dubai is a little fishing village that has the most character, but the souks with indoor ski resorts and clothes that none of the locals wear seems like a racket. Nothing is compact, just Range Rovers and sky rises. I was trying to see the top of the worlds tallest building but my head was barely able to crook down far enough to see it out the taxi window. Swimming in the persian gulf was probably the highlight, the sea is so salty that you could never drown, suspended on buoyancy.