Friday, March 20, 2009

Dubai, The Adobe Civilisation of The Middle East

Sir Simon Jenkins has published an interesting piece on Dubai and its future; or rather, its lack thereof.
Dubai seems to be little more than an adobe-type, here today and gone tomorrow, kind of culture, built by coolies, paid for with laundered money and doomed to extinction. When it's gone, will anyone miss it?

3 Comments:

Blogger bonk said...

Sigh. Another Guardian report dissing Dubai. I gave up after the first few paragraphs. Jenkins is mostly repeating Germaine Greer's Dubai story, and a couple of other writers' reports, or misreports given they were full of inaccuracies. Dubai may well be headed for a bust but it would be more believable if reporters reported accurately. Anyway, Dubai didn't just spring into existence in 2003 when the property boom started, it has been a trading centre for the past couple of hundred years and I don't really think it will disappear anytime soon.

20 March, 2009 09:50  
Blogger Martin said...

As a trading centre, no - as a fantasia, a Gulf Arab's nightmare vision of a world designed by Arthur C. Clarke, probably yes.

20 March, 2009 21:05  
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03 April, 2009 03:52  

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