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?


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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