Remembering the past 7 years, professionally

Not so long ago I completed a hefty 7 years in Dubai, and I have loved most of my stay here. Physically, Personally and professionally I have grown in Dubai, it has been more of an all round development if you can call it that. Having worked very little in India, most of my current professional development has happened in this city. Even now I can remember the time when I was arguing with y folks about not coming into this city, as I thought this was not what I was meant to do, I wanted to work in India, server the nation in what ever way possible. But, fate it seems is not without a sense of irony. I came to Dubai to find it being difficult initially and then as time passed, easier. Like the famous quote from the Movie 7 years in Tibet, Dubai was more than what I had thought initially.

A place rich with all the strange beauty of your nighttime dreams.

From gaining loads of weight, to getting married I have been given new things at every turn in Dubai. Meeting with my ex boss Mr. Thomas changed my professional life fr the better. I was introduced to a world of possibilities, where new technology was the norm and thinking about the future was essential to be in business. The Inquisitive Mind was nurtured and grown in this city, hence the blog as well. The particular focus of this blog was far from just self recognition, the concept of the blog was to share my insights into technology and future thinking mapped with the developments around the world.

In between all of this if there was one particular aspect of mine that has taken shape the most it had to be the professional side. As an engineer finding my bearings in the city to an experienced project manager, the projects I have worked on has really helped along the way. So here’s a small homage of sorts to the various important projects that I have had the good fortune of working on. The best part of working in Dubai in construction is that most projects are unique and high-profile and you are provided with videos that help show what you have been working on. So here is the videos that are available for the projects that I have worked on. (Not all projects used).

Dubai International Airport – Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and Car Park

I worked on this project in various capacities over the years, (5 years in Total) and this is the best of the lot, with a built up area of over 16 Million Square feet, this is the largest building in the world, and the biggest I might ever work on. Emirates has some brilliant videos for this project. Check them out below:

Burj Dubai – Burj Khalifa

Being the tallest building in the world will definitely bring in a lot of recognition to the people involved in the construction. Here are some videos from the Burj Khalifa.

Atlantis, Dubai

Another landmark in Dubai, my involvement for Atlantis, the Palm was very small. But it was there nevertheless. Here are a few videos about the Atlantis.

Dubai Metro

The world’s longest autonomous metro, no manual intervention in the trains. All communications working in the central control room.

I can maybe write another post on the rest for next time. But for the time being, will sign off with these architectural marvels.

Dubai Like you have never seen it before

I am a fan of architecture, and photography and videos. When I found some of these videos of HD time laps photography of some of the latest architecture in Dubai, I could not hold my excitement. Here is my share of the excitement. Please wait as all the videos are worth the wait to load.

Before Sunrise

After Sunset

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In fact the artist who made the sunrise and sunset photos made also a 2.3 Gigabit (yes that 1.97568496 × 1010 pixels, or 1.97568496 × 1010 dots on the photo) check it below, the video is of the person scrolling the gigantic photo of the Burj Khalifa. Did you know

While we are talking about the Burj Khalifa here is another HD video of the Opening

And 2 of the Fountain

To wrap it all up, the Metro ride in time lapse.

More from the artists here and here.  My special interest is because I did really work on the Burj.

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Confusing Dubai now made a little simpler with Google

Dubai is a place of extremities, on one had you can go out for a Desert Safari, or go down the depth of water to check out the sea life at some of the best under water aquariums and on the other hand you could enjoy a refreshing ski down the artificial ski slope. All within a day’s work. But for a new comer into the city, apart from the taxi or ask a friend there are not too many great options available for getting around the city. Until now, The Roads and Transportation department of Dubai along with Google (Maps to be accurate) have found a solution for this issue. It’s not perfect, but still being worked on since Google Maps as a product is evolving daily. And as RTA suggests on their Bus Stands, Dubai is a Map that gets updated every day.

After talking about Augmented Reality applications and especially one application in the UK where users can point their phone and get information about where they are and where they need to go, its bit of a primitive technology. But, it is going to help out a lot of people anyway. I remember the time when I just came into the city, and during my job hunt getting to places from anywhere seemed like a challenge. I am certain I would have found it easier if this was available then. However here is a 8 step process on how you can use Google Maps for planning your route using Public Transport available in the emirate.

Step 1 : Go to

and click on the ‘set default’ option. Type in Dubai and hit the save button. This will set your Google Map to automatically head to Dubai. This will enable Google Maps identify that it is Dubai indeed that you are looking for directions all the time. Future usage is something I want to be able to cover as well.

Step 2: Select Get Directions option and Select “Public Transport” as an option in Google Maps. The cars option is still being worked upon and might be a little bugged, but the Public Transit option was worked on with RTA and Google and so is in ship shape.

Step 3 : Using your mouse scroll across the city to find your destination or you can even enter it in the point B part of the destination (where Google will suggest you landmarks that are close to where you want to reach). You can double click, zoom or use + and – buttons and icons to the left of the screen just like you would use Google Maps in general. This is similar to operation on Google Earth on your desktop for zooming and finding locations.

Step 4 : Similar operation for starting point location, except that you will select ‘Directions from Here’ In the right click menu or enter into Point A on the screen. Then click on “Get Directions”. This will show all possible directions and routes that you can take using the public transport system.

Step 5 : Click on the individual journeys to find out details about the journeys themselves. This will always show you the route for the time that the search is being made. Not often would you use this feature.

Step 6 : To customize the list of journeys based on timing further, you can click on ‘Show Options ‘ where you can enter the timing of the departure or arrival and the time when you intend to be in that place.

The detail now shows the comprehensive instructions for getting around using public transport in Dubai. Including details like what is the time taken for individual lengths of the journey.

Google Maps is making a difference in the way we are doing our business, in some cases like a colleague in Australia, who wanted to buy property; used Google Earth and Google Street view to avoid the trip to Australia as he was in Dubai. He could make decisions like is it a good neighborhood ? Is there parks etc close by ? What amenities are available in the neighborhood etc. The only hindrances to this now, is how often does Google update the maps and pictures and the accuracy of the information. Especially now that Google Map builder is available for public usage where you can mark up routes on the map to be added into the Google repository.

Have you ever travelled into an unfamiliar part of a city or another country and got lost? Stopping to ask directions from the local people is often the best way to get back on track. Lalitesh Katraggadda’s talk at TED India shows us that by using simple tech tools, locals can provide this knowledge, catalogue it, and store it to make it readily accessible to others. Making maps helps people find their way, indexes resources, and makes society run more efficiently. Check out the talk here.