Before landing in Dubai, I was unsure if I would love the city or hate it for the opulence and excessive lifestyles.
I was surprised to find how much I appreciated the city and country of the United Arab Emirates. Beyond the fantastical amounts of money that have been spent in the UAE, I was inspired by people's ability to be creative and see their dreams emerge into reality.
As a creative person, I was amazed at what the human mind could develop and construct. From the Burj al Arab hotel (pictured here), to the design of the new Dubai Metro stations, and the impressive Burj Khalifa tower, Dubai is a place of architecture and design icons.
Now, if only their recycling and sustainability programs would take off...