Dubai: Las Vegas of the Middle East


I have been to Vegas numerous times, so I thought I had an idea of what “over the top” is. I was mistaken.

Dubai is a place that you cannot truly understand until you get here. In addition, you cannot really appreciate it unless a local shows you the hidden, off the beaten path gems. This is where my old friend Carlo came in. Carlo moved here 8 years ago before the boom. He saw the city explode all around him, so knew all the hotspots and every great place to eat. We felt like locals (minus the sheik outfits), going to places that people that have been living here for years had not heard of.

The city is inspiring, showing what humans are capable of imagining and creating from nothing. It also shows what humans can produce with a limitless cash pool. This will be a stark contrast from some of the Areas we will be visiting in Africa. Multi-million dollar chandeliers and exotic cars will be replaced with mud huts and hunger.

It has only been 3 days since I have left home and I have already been floored by the wealth and excess of this small country. I can only imagine how seeing the other end of the spectrum will affect me.

The World's Tallest Tower: The Burj Khalifa

The World's Tallest Tower: The Burj Khalifa


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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