An oasis in the desert and one of the world's fastest growing cities, Dubai is a diamond in the rough and has quickly risen out of the sands of the Gulf Coast to be one of the world's most dazzling displays of architecture and international commerce.

But walking or driving the streets of the city do not do this jewel justice. To fully appreciate its splendor and unprecedented heights, one must climb atop the shoulders of giants to catch a glimpse of its magnificence.