Contoured or washed cities?

It’s that comparison between a perfectly contoured face with a hair up do that took hours to perfect and a washed face with natural curls. They are both beautiful to look at but one is given and one is achieved.

The first sample is how I see Dubai. Before deciding to visit Dubai, I used to always say “Dubai is like being in an air-conditioned vehicle with the perfect artificial scenery.”

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Dubai, UAE

After being to Dubai, I was certain that my previous impression was quite accurate. This, in no way, demeans the manmade effort that makes this country, previously known as a desert, into this masterpiece.

Dubai has skyscrapers that take you to New York City, a beach that takes you to the Caribbean and malls with all the elitist stores that take you to the Champs-Elysees.

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Dubai Mall

Dubai has it all but does this manmade city have character? That is a quality that unfortunately could not be granted to Dubai.

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Beach in Dubai

Genève, on the other hand, is not a city that has been invested in immensely when it comes to mankind creations. But doesn’t walking across a bridge surrounded with trees and a river under you just liberating?

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Jardin Botanic, Geneve

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Just sitting on a bench overlooking the river and the clear skies, I know that this natural beauty soothes my inner peace. It’s like an effortless piece of art that makes you wonder and appreciate what God has put on this planet for us.

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We look at beauty and we value it. But is what is beautiful to me necessarily beautiful to you?


Subjectivity and perspective…


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