MRED Around the World student Joe Evans writes about the group’s travel from India to Dubai, and encountering the world’s tallest building, among other unusual sites:

Today was an “in-between” day for the MRED Around the World travel crew. We had no professional visits scheduled, but with an airport, a flight, and a timezone change, it was a long, hard day of world travel.

We left the hotel at 6 a.m. for one final, crazy ride through the mad traffic rush of India with the bus driver fighting rickshaws, motorcycles, cars and even a random horse. We woke up early enough to beat some traffic and still make it to our gate over 2 hours early. Better safe than sorry!

At 10 a.m., we boarded the four-hour flight to Dubai on Emirates Air. My body decided to add some excitement to the otherwise comfortable flight with a nosebleed at 30,000 feet. Great timing!

At 2 p.m., we landed in Dubai and rushed to meet Shaw, our extremely knowledgeable tour guide for Dubai. Our tour included trips to the expanded port of Dubai, the gold market, a walk around the outside of a mosque, the man-made islands of Palm Jameira, Berj da Arab, the Dubai Mall, and Berj Khalifa — the tallest building in the world.

Dubai is an amazing place where what was mostly desert 20 years ago has grown into the biggest, fastest, most expansive construction of a resort town ever witnessed. It is the tourist center and finan