Stories about Burj Khalifa

Dubai – a city of countless distractions and all the pleasures money can buy, yet no sense of congruity

As I stood in the line behind the passport control counter, a security personnel menacingly shouted at a person ahead of me, who had the unmistakeable look of a working class labourer, “Gulf resident?” Before the poor guy had the chance to get his bearings right, the security personnel added perhaps the only two Urdu words that he knew, “Chalo niklo!” (Get out!) The person quickly gathered himself and hurried in the direction pointed by the security personnel, like a flock of sheep guided with the urgency and indifference of a shepherd. The line we were standing in was for visit visa holders. ...

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Six things Pakistani celebrities do when they visit Dubai

With the third edition of HUM Awards over and done with, a good number of Pakistani celebrities flew out to Dubai to attend the biggest entertainment award show of Pakistan. Here are six things that Pakistani celebrities do when they visit Dubai: 1. They try living the high life Mehwish Hayat, Ahsan Khan, Saba Qamar. Photo: Saba Chaudry 2. They see Burj al Arab for the first time Ahmed Butt, Anoushey Ashraf. Photo: Saba Chaudry 3. They bring the entire neighbourhood along Cast of Jalaibee with Tapu Javeri. Photo: Saba Chaudry 4. They post pictures of their ...

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Does Karachi really need the tallest building in the world?

As you read these lines, many people mourn the death of their loved ones in Karachi.  As you click on the “share” button on Facebook to express your awe on the proposed wonderment that lies ahead, a frustrated son curses the traffic jam he is stuck in as he tries to get home to his sick mother after work. As you start believing that I am yet another critic who can’t stand seeing any positive change in this country, you tend to forget the wise old saying that all ‘that glitters is not gold’. The currently tallest building on the planet, ...

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The unrecognised daredevils of Pakistan

A recent photograph I took was of a small child, around ten-years-old, who was dangerously running on a round, two-foot diameter pipeline -shaped like a large tube – while wearing a pair of wet, oversized slippers. Filing interesting photos is one of my jobs. I wandered into the distant sectors of the federal capital in search of interesting captures. I saw children bathing in a nullah (pond) near a railway bridge. A train travels over this bridge to reach the Islamabad Dry Port and the Margallah railway station. A water pipeline runs across this nullah. Boys were jumping off the pipe, ...

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