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Dubai and the UAE

Tomorrow will be the grand opening of the latest addition to the skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Atlantis Palm Resort, with over 1,500 rooms, will be hosting an opening ceremony with celebrities from around the world tomorrow night. The rapid development in Dubai and across the UAE hasn't all been easy lately, as infrastructure problems (handling rising levels of waste to match massive development), and world financial struggles have slowed progress. Wealthy Dubai continues to grow though, in both land area as new islands are built, and in height as new, taller skyscrapers are planned to best the Burj Dubai, already the tallest in the world. (28 photos total)

Camels are seen early morning on a beach in the Marina area of Dubai October 16, 2008. (REUTERS/Steve Crisp)
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307 comments so far...
1.

I heard that Kylie Minogue will be headlining the Atlantis opening - how can she put on a relatively racy show in such a conservative country? Are there different standards when it comes to foreigners or live performances?

(also, awesome photos!)

Posted by feedman November 19, 08 10:54 AM
2.

just impressive…

Posted by Wolfgang November 19, 08 10:55 AM
3.

Thanks again!

Posted by Sam November 19, 08 10:56 AM
4.

dubai will implode one day :)

Posted by add November 19, 08 10:58 AM
5.

in 50 years, this city will be only ruins and dust

Posted by Sad Panda November 19, 08 11:03 AM
6.

Nice selection of pictures - I wish there was more on the seperation between the weatlhy and the poor. It's really fascinating and dissapointing in many ways.

And while the Palm island construction is an architectural marvel, I'm generally dissapointed with the fact that only 1 marine biologist was hired to oversee the effects of the development on the ocean system. It's a real tragedy to the marine ecosystem.

Posted by Patel November 19, 08 11:04 AM
7.

Amazing.

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 08 11:07 AM
8.

WOW - #28 made me gasp out loud as I was scrolling down the page....

Posted by Marcela November 19, 08 11:31 AM
9.

City of the future on crack!

Posted by Gafoto November 19, 08 11:32 AM
10.

It's NY²

Posted by TiTi November 19, 08 11:33 AM
11.

Will be interesting to see in 50 years when the seas have covered those palm islands. Build on a sandbar - yes, makes perfect sense.
One caption said "the oil-rich emirate" yet I have been told that Dubai is the emirate without oil, and in fact has turned to development as a way of compensating for that lack of natural resources.

Posted by Pete November 19, 08 11:33 AM
12.

That must rank as the largest photo posted on the net by any news site ever!

Congratulations, as ever.

Posted by Jon T November 19, 08 11:47 AM
13.

@feedman

Only if they're very wealthy.

Posted by mdmadph November 19, 08 11:54 AM
14.

Great pictures but good luck to Dubai as an international destination. It is now recommended for tourists not to kiss each other in public so as not to risk being arrested. Two Britons were thrown into jail for three months for public displays of affection.

Posted by TT November 19, 08 12:13 PM
15.

Dubai is a city like no other. Not your typical Western City. Great Pictures!

Posted by Musi November 19, 08 12:21 PM
16.

@TT, uhm they were having sex on a public beach. That gets you arrested in the states as well.

Posted by eff November 19, 08 12:29 PM
17.

Arrested for PDA??! They were arrested for having sex on the beach! That's a big difference from kissing.

Posted by Tim November 19, 08 12:44 PM
18.

#14. The two tourists' "public displays of affection" was having intercourse on a public beach.

I'm going to Dubai this fall. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Jeff Akston November 19, 08 12:45 PM
19.

#9 shows what will Dubai give to our children.

Posted by Antoine November 19, 08 12:53 PM
20.

Wow. With the air looking like it does in #21 and #27, not to mention the beach in #9, makes you wonder how long they can grow at this rate and how bad it will look a few years down the road. Pretty sobering!

Posted by Amanda November 19, 08 01:09 PM
21.

Dubai's architecture, pushing the boundary of what's possible

Posted by medaholic November 19, 08 01:12 PM
22.

like lil'weezy said let the haters fade away the money is moving down south and these people are open mided just get some education folks...

amazing city i wish i can go on 2011 when all the main buildings will be finished!

crazy pics

Thanks again!

Posted by abdelhamid November 19, 08 01:20 PM
23.

Boy, when Obama gets the US off of imported oil in 10 years, how are they going to support that infrastructure......oh yea, that was a campaign "promise".

Posted by jwh November 19, 08 01:29 PM
24.

Atlantis is such a beautiful place! I went when I was 18 to the one in Neassau Bahamas.. this resort looks identical.

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 08 01:31 PM
25.

yea, its all great, except whens its all said and done, guess what? itll still be in the middle of the f**king desert.....keep doctoring those tourism photos with green grass, blue sky, and clear water....i went earlier this year, and not even these undoctored photos show how smoggy, grey and generally depressing a place it is....they are trying soooo hard to top western culture, yet they are reaping about ten fold the class separation, pollution, and tackiness... good job guys! you can have it....

Posted by Reality November 19, 08 01:34 PM
26.

Thanks, brilliant as always.

Can't help but be a bit pedantic about #20 though, none of them are "looking up": The dude is wondering why he has no signal under a shark, and there are two women standing in the way, oblivious to the awesome aquarium going on all around them.

#18 is my favourite. I had a similar thought as the others above concerning what the city might look like in 50 years.

Posted by PedantBaz November 19, 08 01:38 PM
27.

I think #15 is my fave...

Also, what happens to the Palm Jumeirah when the sea levels rise? Hmm...

Posted by Philip K Dick November 19, 08 01:39 PM
28.

Fast cars, tall buildings, resorts and simming pools does not mean you've "made it" or are close to a sustainable culture guys.....all youve done is import the engineering mindpower from the rest of the world to your little spot in the desert...i feel sorry that this culture is this shallow to believe that these are the steps they need to take to get respect from the rest of the world.....should be building some f**cking schools instead

Posted by really? November 19, 08 01:45 PM
29.

well not really, Dubai maintains a relatively conservative image to sustain relations with neighboring countries and emirates. Life in Dubai is quiet open, as long as you don't break the rules you are respected.
One comment about the photos however, they are nice and all but colors are definitely manipulated! Dust is all over the place 80% of the time, leaving few days with clear colors as shown!

Posted by Toni November 19, 08 02:13 PM
30.

Why are people so critical? This is the same thing that has happened in other large cities during their boomtime: NY, Paris, London, etc.. When NY was expanding, the inequality between the rich and poor was huge and the new skyskrapers of the time were just as gaudy as these look today.

Posted by abhik November 19, 08 02:19 PM
31.

The photos are amazing, always great site!
On the other side, they clearly show how western world needs much research to overcome our oil's dependance, because, in my opinion, most of these buildings are useless, and my car's gasoline finances them with no reason

Posted by spillo9 November 19, 08 02:30 PM
32.

impressive yes. Like a nice advertisement. But at what cost? Dubai infrastructure development is the most disgusting case of systematic modern slavery ever. A army of migrant workers are exploited and see their passports confiscated to satisfy the grandeur needs of tiny oil princes. So much blood and pain that sooner or later this might end up in a revolution. In the meantime, Dubai's migrant workers would be a great subject for The Big Picture...

Posted by Alexbip November 19, 08 02:47 PM
33.

In response to the comments of "who will go visit a place in the middle of the desert": anyone hear of a little place called Las Vegas?

Posted by Icetera November 19, 08 03:00 PM
34.

I think they are doing something astounding, really....BUT:
I don't see ONE TREE in the whole place. The houses on the man made island are close together, and there is not a speck of green anywhere to be seen. That is a deal breaker to me. I know, it's a desert, but still.....

Posted by Rick Nichols November 19, 08 03:12 PM
35.

Come on guys, we know why number 15 is REALLY your favorite

;P

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 08 03:16 PM
36.

The last shot (#28) is truly impressive, showing such a tall building in one frame. I'd like to know how it was done -- super-hi-res from very far away, and then cropped?

Posted by Choudoufu November 19, 08 03:17 PM
37.

If Dubai brings in gambling and prostitution, they might have a chance against Vegas.
oh wait...
Maybe a Dubai-Disney would attract visitors?

Posted by huh November 19, 08 03:24 PM
38.

Dubai is a massive slum in the making and we'll look back on this episode in their history as a major mistake in construction.
It is one of the most horrid places I have had the displeasure to go to. And don't get me going about their huge traffic problems.

Posted by Mike November 19, 08 03:26 PM
39.

Hilarious to see the jealousy, talking about seperating wealthy from the poor, about putting money here instead of to schools, etc. etc.

Sounds just like the US, doesn't it fellas?

Hypocrite, much?

Posted by Brian November 19, 08 03:27 PM
40.

This is what your oil money built...wake up America..they are NOT our friends!

Posted by cheri November 19, 08 03:34 PM
41.

Interesting sponsor on #3...

Posted by RP November 19, 08 03:35 PM
42.

Kylie Minogue? Wow, payback at last!

Posted by wuffwuwffsen November 19, 08 03:45 PM
43.

#28 although impressive is a TERRIBLE photograph! Seems like it was taken with a $100 point and shoot camera. I am surprised to see it made it on to the site. And I do agree with Alexbip about seeing a photo essay about the migrant workers as I tend to enjoy The Big Picture for it's Photojournalism and less for the "pretty" pictures.

Posted by Dyzl November 19, 08 03:51 PM
44.

all that amazing work.
give it a few months before america blows it all up again

Posted by Achmed November 19, 08 03:52 PM
45.

Great pictures as usual. But IMHO Dubai is not a pleasant place.

Saddly, I cannot agree more with the opinion that in 50 years it will be all dust and ruins.

As for # 28, is totally freudean phalic.

Posted by Isaac November 19, 08 03:56 PM
46.

Who the heck lives there? In all the houses and all the condos and all the hotels?

I mean, I can understand that kind of construction in Chinese cities where there are LOTS of people, but Dubai??? The Wikipedia page shows 1.4 million people and most of those are foreigners.

Posted by Albert November 19, 08 03:58 PM
47.

Garish and unlovely place. Everything people complain about who hate America concentrated in one venal hellhole in the Middle East. Good work, non-Western world. You've become a caricature of a caricature!

Posted by darkcoffee November 19, 08 04:05 PM
48.

What I don't get is similar to what Reality (#25) pointed out. A large portion of their society is convinced that we Americans are evil due to our consumption, flamboyance, and generally reprehensible arrogance. If that's the case how do they justify this?

Posted by Kevin November 19, 08 04:10 PM
49.

Where is the slaves photos?

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 08 04:15 PM
50.

But one day, Mother Earth might take revenge...

Posted by Damien November 19, 08 04:26 PM
51.

The only thing wrong with this post is that it completely ignores the laborers from India, Bangladesh, Philippines etc. who work hard in desperate working conditions to make this city. If it wasn't for these laborers it is doubtful if this city would have been as we see it, and yet they are treated as 3rd class citizens!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Dubai

Posted by John November 19, 08 04:34 PM
52.

I've been living here for a year, I love it. Who's saying about slavery, doesn't know anything really, and "one of the most horrid places", what a rubbish, haven you go out of the hotel? The best city in Middle East I say, anything you want you can get. You can go skying in Sky Dubai, then go swimming in the sea, then well anything...
I've got no plans of coming back to Europe.
Nice photos by the way

Posted by Alex November 19, 08 04:47 PM
53.

Well Dubai is "great" for the people who can afford the high rents, hired help, expensive foreign school education for their kids, chauffer driven classy cars and summer/ winter vacations abroad!
On the other hand the people who are actually building the city are worst off. They get paid meager salaries for toiling 14 hours a day, live in a space just enough for a single mattress and send whatever little they can save back home. Some actually get to see their families only after 10 years. They are promised of a wonderful life and enough money in their home countries (usually Indian Subcontinent/ Far Eastern). The reality strikes within a week of landing and taking up the new job in Dubai.
Maybe you should do a story and follow these people who wake up at 4AM to go to the job at 6AM, the construction workers standing on site in 50 degrees Celsius sweltering heat of summer, their shared quarters and show the other side of Dubai as well.
And there some who have been lucky enough to make enough and keep their family with them in the UAE but the parents have to sacrifice their time and energy (with the long hours and horrible traffic conditions at the moment) to make it work just right.
But there is always a divide between the locals (people whose ancestors were/are from the UAE), the American/European expats and the other expats – a fact difficult to digest when you grow up your whole life there and expect some basic rights – lived there for 26 years and I have absolutely none!

Posted by SK November 19, 08 05:34 PM
54.

Great pictures. I love the grandeur in thinking shown here, but I'm really worried that it won't last. Still it is nice to see something fresh and original.

As for inequality: Welcome to the world! As far as I can tell anything great has always been built on the backs of the poor. Unfortunately nobody actually DOES anything about it but complain. Que sera, sera.

Posted by Al November 19, 08 05:48 PM
55.

Agree with Mike (comment nr 38)...and the traffic!!... took me almost 2 hours to go from Burj-al Arab to downtown, 14 km. There are JUST malls and "Celebrate the art of shopping" was one of the logos on one of the malls...

I was told that a normal worker would get 300 eur per month, but they come mostly from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. Still more than they would get back home...

Posted by Gunnarson November 19, 08 05:52 PM
56.

7 is amazing. lots of high tech all around, and these guys just pray in the sand. I really like it. (though I myself don't believe in any god)

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 08 06:01 PM
57.

So that is where my gas money went.

Posted by Carl November 19, 08 06:15 PM
58.

Dubai-ism has turned me off architecture in general.

Posted by Pbar November 19, 08 06:22 PM
59.

When will someone white fly planes into their buildings?

Posted by Buster Hymen November 19, 08 06:29 PM
60.

@51 there are several places in the world where you can go skying and swimming in the very same day and they're all natural. Think for example the French Rivieira or Sochi. Just saying.

Posted by kut November 19, 08 06:36 PM
61.

in 50 years will be a wonderfull
ghost city

Posted by mig November 19, 08 06:38 PM
62.

Great shots!!!
"It is now recommended for tourists not to kiss each other in public so as not to risk being arrested. Two Britons were thrown into jail for three months for public displays of affection."
If we are referring to the same case, the 2 Britons were arrested for having sex on Jumeirah Beach, they were both very drunk and causing a disturbance, something tells me that would have happened (the arrest) in most countries.
While living there I found Dubai to be far less conservative than I was led to believe before I got there. If we follow their laws......nothing to worry about.

Posted by Ant November 19, 08 07:19 PM
63.

#61: Actually in 50 years it will be a wonderful dive site.

Posted by Dick Lingam November 19, 08 07:30 PM
64.

The great Muslim idea in construction & tecnology..

Posted by deanz November 19, 08 07:57 PM
65.

this is the most depressing thing i have ever seen, possibly the city with the least charming character in the world.

Posted by ww November 19, 08 08:00 PM
66.

I've been before, don't get me wrong, it's very impressive etc, but it's got about as much atmosphere as the Moon. If endless half-built skyscrapers are your thing, you'll love it!

Having said that your stay in the hotel will be amazing!

Posted by Harold Vest November 19, 08 08:29 PM
67.

Buster, your comment is as witty as your name.

Posted by Chris November 19, 08 08:46 PM
68.

I admire the hard work that had transformed the desert dwelling people into the inhabitants of the most modern city on earth. Its the hard work of the people from around the world that made it such a wonderful city. Its an excellent investment of the revenue earned from oil trade.

Posted by Alfie Punnoose November 19, 08 09:00 PM
69.

Thanks to the construction it opened oppertunites for the people of Pakistan,India,Bangladesh etc.No one is happy being there,they all miss their motherland just like people miss their motherland in the European countries.
Duabi has helped peo[le find jobs in the middle of the Third World Countires.
The G8 countires have done nothing for these people.

Posted by Roshana November 19, 08 09:00 PM
70.

Great photos and a lot of amazing things to look at in Dubai. However, I have a bad feeling about the future of this place. Too much, too fast, too big, too crowded, too damaging.

I won't be visiting. There are a lot more places on my list that would trump this place, and extreme cultural differences would likely not make this an enjoyable destination for a westerner such as myself. Just show me the pics!

Posted by HereComesTheGravy November 19, 08 09:04 PM
71.

What will happen after a few decades, when all the oil and wealth is depleted? It seems as if they were wasting their wealth. Norway has a small population and plenty of natural resources, but they are not dumping their money away. When all of the money in UAE is gone, who will they blame?

Posted by Juan November 19, 08 09:15 PM
72.

Incredible pictures. Desktop background material. Thanks for giving us a view into paradise.

Posted by Ogrish fan November 19, 08 09:18 PM
73.

All paid by Americans. Just think about the next time you fill up your gas guzzlers... you're funding this and you're ALL working for us.

Posted by Abdullah November 19, 08 09:29 PM
74.

I've been before and the infrastructure is amazing. They always have the "biggest and the best" of everything in the world. Well, the joke will be on them when their skating rink (ice) flops because they want it "thicker than any ice in the world". Little do they know that ice thicker than 3/4" will not freeze properly:) Just another example of their brialliance at work. Their sewage systems are another story!

Posted by deana November 19, 08 09:53 PM
75.
Posted by Hincho November 19, 08 10:18 PM
76.

pure envy seething from so many comments here. had 'the west' not spent the last eight years waging pointless wars some of these structures would be gracing western skylines. tough luck.

Posted by bruno November 19, 08 10:23 PM
77.

Dubai has very little oil wealth, most of its income came from gold, and now it's mostly tourism. People keep saying this is all from oil, but it's really not. A HUGE misconception, and they are not "dumping their money away". This is all actually part of the ruler's vision to transform the local economy into more of a trade hub and tourist destination, quite the opposite of natural resource exploitation.

Not that Dubai is perfect, but they are not an oil exporter... at all.

Posted by jakebrick November 19, 08 10:59 PM
78.

nice picsss

Posted by ramstein November 19, 08 11:44 PM
79.

So many ignorant comments here. Research the country before you accuse it of whatever comes to mind when you look at a photo - (life is a little deeper than a photo). Is it so hard to imagine that non-westerners are capable of spending/investing billions of dollars in an intelligent way? This is not a 'bunch of rich Arabs building shiny 'western' buildings. Like any multi-billion dollar company they have long term plans (thoroughly researched). Tell me which country does have the perfect forecast and plan for the future???? Because right now it seems the Arab world is way ahead of America and Europe on the economic front! Some of you talk like America is the greatest country in the world - it is not. America has just as many problems (crime, poverty, inequality, traffic, pollution) as the rest of the world. And you waste billions on senseless wars. Stop pointing the blame on others. Fix your own house first. (And by the way - I can't see any photos in this series that have 'colors manipulated'. Most of them show the brown, dusty environment that is just part of that world)

Posted by GG November 20, 08 12:36 AM
80.

Some really interesting engineering going on there. To bad it's happening all at once, which means nobody will have time to learn from anyone else's ideas.

In the photos, the place looks like a sprawling suburb, but with skyscapers?? In other cities, people walk on sidewalks, or take taxis for short hops. But here, the photos make it look like everything is too sprawled out to function, both it terms of transportation and social cohesion.

Also, the service class will need to be very highly paid, or else low income housing will have to be built within city limits.

Posted by doug November 20, 08 03:36 AM
81.

My favourite is the caption for number 20. "Visitors look up as fish swim..." Nobody is looking up. One guy's text messaging someone and two people are chatting to each other. In fact, you could take those people and photoshop them in to just about any other location. They look totally unimpressed by this awesome aquarium!

Posted by Tim November 20, 08 03:50 AM
82.

Americanos invejosos....

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 08 05:06 AM
83.

Dubai will become the central hub connecting Asia and Europe. Dubai also know that a large majority of the western world is fully obsessed by capitalism and consumerism, and that these people will applaud the aesthetics and engineering genius of Dubai, the shopping malls, palm tree islands and plush hotels. They know how to market their city to the non-thinkers of this world.

Build big and shiny with bright lights!

A lot of it is also foreign investment, companies setting up headquarters etc. They know exactly what they are doing.

Posted by Laurenz November 20, 08 05:33 AM
84.

awesome

Posted by jr November 20, 08 05:54 AM
85.

It's really like the boys' game "mine is bigger than yours"...

Posted by alex November 20, 08 07:40 AM
86.

Most of the americans, middle-class addicted to television, know nothing about the world.I know many of them that can`t find Russia on a map! They have a bad time trying to understand other cultures and realizing that the world is changing. Dubai is a sign of the change and will remain as a great city in the middle of the desert as thousands of tourists will visit the city for vacations and investments in many areas.

Posted by Arrais November 20, 08 09:03 AM
87.

Reply of comment No. 49 Where is the slaves photos?
Dear all , from the USA till china all they have Slaves but if u ask me about the UAE slaves sorry men i can say the don't have slaves at all
i think you are asking about the labour in UAE you can take them and give the salary of 15000$ and free 5 star partment .

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 08 09:09 AM
88.

Disgusting. How can anyone, from American CEOs to wealthy foreign governments, possibly justify such gaudy displays of wealth when there are parts of the world with people starving to death. Doesn't anyone care about other people anymore? I find this sickening.

Posted by hoosierina November 20, 08 10:07 AM
89.

Before anyone say anything, NY, Chicago, London, Paris and etc might have had low paying jobs, but they had more freedom than the poor slaves working in Dubai today. Its a comparison from 7th century to 21st century. One was built before any human rights commision was strong enough and the other with bangladeshi, indian and other nationalities slaves defiying the human rights in plain 21st century.

In other words, I only see dubai with contemptent as they violent every human rights law in existance.

Posted by drcancerman November 20, 08 10:39 AM
90.

CUANTO COSTARA UN FIN DE SEMANA EN UN BUEN HOTEL. esto es el futuro del buen vivir.

Posted by JORGE November 20, 08 10:39 AM
91.

great pictures....

Posted by jhani November 20, 08 10:39 AM
92.

TODO ESO PA UN TIO SOLO, PUES VAYA EN VEZ DE REPARTIRLO ENTRE LA GENTE QUE SE MUERE DE HAMBRE POR EL MUNDO. BUENO, A VER CUANDO SE LE TERMINE EL PETRÓLEO, QUE SE VA A INVENTAR...

Posted by MUTXAMEL November 20, 08 11:51 AM
93.

When I look at the photo of Burj Dubai, a picture of two airliners crashing into it comes to mind.

Posted by Dik November 20, 08 12:07 PM
94.

Reading through these, I have never seen so many stupid, ignorant and ill informed comments in all my life. I don't understand how people can have such strong opinions on things when clearly they do not know the truth. Unless you know the actual facts (not rumours, photos and what you read in the papers) keep your ignorant opinions to yourself. What about 'Drancerman' - 'Dubai makes me sick' - "its the 7th century' - you are an idiot. I wonder if you have ever been to Dubai - going for a few days and then thinking you are all high and might doesn't count either. You should learn more before you shoot off at the mouth. Dubai has it's issues but so would any city growing this quickly. What you do see though is tolerance and acceptance - something many places in the world do not have.

Posted by Anon November 20, 08 12:44 PM
95.

Is this something our ancestors would talk about?
Looking at these pictures it seems possible that this kind of architecture will be remembered...

Cheers
Chan from TheJunction

Posted by Chan TheJunction November 20, 08 01:07 PM
96.

TOM,

GREAT PICTURES, BUT SEING YOU IN YOUR SANTA OUTFIT WIITH ALL OF THIS SPLENDOR IN THE BACKGROUND WILL CERTAINLY RANK NUMBER 1.
START TO PRACTICE YOUR HO, HO, HO, & LAY OFF THE EGGNOG IF THEY OFFER IT.

Posted by JACK KNIGHT November 20, 08 02:14 PM
97.

Oh my God it looks even worse than I imagined. All I have heard about it is that it's a monstrous mecca of tasteless materialism aimed at philistines. At least they will all be attracted to one place, which leaves the rest of the world happily less encumbered.

Posted by Anon November 20, 08 02:20 PM
98.

hay.. cabròn... excelentes fotos, impresionante..

Posted by sorp November 20, 08 04:15 PM
99.

Nice. Haven't been to Dubai, but it sure sounds like a utopia for the wealthy, without sacrificing immorality (in my humble opinion) esp if you're Muslim. I don't mind people getting arrested for having sex in public.

But it's so extravagent to my taste. I'd rather live in a "real" country, with real "issues", and worry about each penny I earn and spend. Principles are taught through lessons, and lessons are solutions, and solutions need problems to begin with. But again the architecture looks amazing...

I also wonder about the Palm Jumairah project, and how it will survive the rising sea level within the coming few decades.

Posted by TareX November 20, 08 05:01 PM
100.

Disappointing that most of the photos are of rich businessmen and their like lounging in this urban paradise, with little sign of the modern slaves who built it in exchange for wages barely sufficient to subsist on.

A series of pictures of the slums of Dubai would have been more thought-provoking than these beautiful but empty structures.

Posted by Rachel November 20, 08 05:02 PM
101.

I was there twice over th summer for a short time each. The place was amazing but I would want to go back. its a place were you should go once but not twice. the locals agrees as welll. when i was there it was 110 degrees out and my ship was getting alarms in the engine for because the water temp, was too high. it was 98 degrees.

Posted by Capt. terence November 20, 08 05:24 PM
102.

well what i know is that someday america and israel will cooperate to nuke dubai and all the neighboring booming arab countries because they will have to fight against terrorism...how delusional...down with usa and israel

Posted by adam November 20, 08 07:24 PM
103.

The fog disappears, the sun comes out and . . .

The price of oil declines; this place grinds to a stop amid old tires, stinking beaches and dead fish.

There's more. Busily eating, drinking, and fornicating, emirs continue to indulge themselves and their guests. In the meantime, the rest of the world is feverishly looking for alternative forms of energy: electric cars, ethanol, nomoto cars, LED lighting, wind power, etc. Eventually they find solutions; stinking oil becomes old fashioned.

And the Arab world sits there with their thumbs up their asses wondering what went wrong---again. To keep the masses down, they blame all their troubles on the West, especially the Israeli's "We need a scape goat," they say, "or the people will find out that we've sold them down the river. I know what we should do," say the emirs. "Lets blame it on the Americans and/or the Jews."


Posted by Mikey November 20, 08 08:17 PM
104.

Who's idea was it to build all this in Dubai? Why not build all this somewhere useful? -_-

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 08 10:36 PM
105.

Wow...so that's why we were paying $4 per gallon in gas...

Posted by Rodney November 20, 08 10:37 PM
106.

To Mikey in Solidarity

The fog disappears, the sun comes out and . . .

More Banks continue to file for bankuptcy; Brown and Co ,come to the Gulf to seek investors to save their sinking banks.

There's more. Busily eating, drinking, and fornicating, Neocons continue to Bomb innocents, put their own soldiers to fight mindless wars to defeat terrorism (read ARABS/MUSLIMS) .In the meantime, the rest of the world is feverishly looking for alternative forms of Global leadership and want to rid itself from the dumb cowboyish American hegemony. Racists and bigots continue to hope stinking oil becomes old fashioned.Not for the betterment of the environment but for their sore eyes on seeing a glimpse on economic progress in the Middle East (Stinking Arabs)

And the Neocon world sits there with their thumbs up their asses wondering what went wrong---again. To keep the masses down, they blame all their troubles on the Terrorism, especially the Afganistan/Iraq/Pakistan "We need a scape goat," they say, "or the people will find out that we've sold them down the river. I know what we should do," say the Neocons. "Lets blame it on the Arabs and/or the Muslims."

Posted by Aly Marwan November 20, 08 11:46 PM
107.

^^But Dubai doesn't make any money off oil...

When will people realize this?

Posted by jakebrick November 20, 08 11:52 PM
108.

For all ur ignorant commments about ur gas money going to Dubai for building the architecture u see here..Dubai doesnt have Gas exports like to other the other emirates i.e Abu dhabi..or Kuwait, Saudi etc..it doesnt have gas at all.. Gas is more costly in dubai then any where else in the entire GCC countries.

Google it

Posted by anonnnnnnnnnnn November 21, 08 12:24 AM
109.

I live in Dubai -and right now I am sitting with my cup of coffee and enjoying the nice cool breeze (it's 80 degrees right now) from the sea in my apartment on the palm island. (btw- that's my neighbor in pic 15!!! ) with a great view of the burj
I can go for a walk on the beach at midnight alone or with my wife- and not fear of being robbed. I can go across the street and have a couple of cocktails- and no one will bother me. I can drive my BMW X5 and not worry about the cost of filling it up with gas. I can go skiing and go to the beach all within a single morning. I can dine in the best restaurants in the world or just grab a sharwama right down the road...I get paid tax free!!! can't do any of that in the US..what's NOT to like in DXB!!

Posted by M528 November 21, 08 02:10 AM
110.

Well God give people mind and recources.Good photos but really so sad to see great structures and still empty.I think there are a lot to do on the $$$ spend on Dubai Investiments!! This super tycoons need to inject their wealthy as much as they can to those who in need,especially to their poorer Muslims in Africa and other areas.Give them Education,Medical projects and Technolgy.Allah will return to you more and more for that.

Posted by Andrew November 21, 08 04:10 AM
111.

Igualiko, igualiko que mi pueblo oye !!.

Viva Sarreaus city

Posted by rua November 21, 08 06:32 AM
112.

pues con la crisis en Europa,deberian de ofrecer trabajo para los parados de la UE,seguro que alli hay bastante trabajo par todos.

Posted by kike November 21, 08 07:02 AM
113.

Flipante... me voy a construir yo un pisito de esos.
Y los muchos que por aquí sobrevivimos con 1.000€ al mes... jojojo

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 08 07:21 AM
114.

f*cking money and capitalism!!!

Posted by bert November 21, 08 08:20 AM
115.

Indignada que estoy!!!!!!

Posted by una mas November 21, 08 10:37 AM
116.

Some people really don't see the beauty in this? I personally am amazed at what we as humans are able to build. Think of the progress we have made in the past 50 years alone. Amazing, Great pictures hope to have enough money to visit some day.

Posted by Jake November 21, 08 11:17 AM
117.

very nice
after seeing this page
I wish to come UAE

Posted by Mrs Thaung November 21, 08 11:54 AM
118.

No taste, poor design, hope this all becomes slums when we switch to renewables.

Posted by Blueriders.blogspot.com November 21, 08 12:10 PM
119.

Nice to see that the $4.50 US that I was paying per gallon this summer is going to good use. This is just wasteful. They could use this money extorted from other countries to cure diseases or help feed the hungry, instead we get a 1 kilometer high building and man made islands for the super rich. You get two thumbs up with a sarcastic smile and a SUPER GOOD JOB!!!! sticker on your report card. Selfish imbeciles who will be back to square one when we run out of oil in 50 years.

Posted by Richard November 21, 08 12:27 PM
120.

Great,
I love it and I know all the works were paid by money. This is a great chance for talented builders and great place for international laborers to come here to make money. I believe they are going to get very good paid. Unlike in China, most of constructions were built without fair paid. Even, politic prisoners were forced to labor for China's ambition. Most of Chinese laborers eat cheap unnutricious instant noodle while working for the big party. This (Dubai City) is totally contra to Peking City built by forced laborers.
That's the different between Commies and Free World. Mr. Bert #115.
Tran P.

Posted by Philip Tran November 21, 08 12:32 PM
121.

^^^But Dubai doesn't make money off oil...
Wish people would read the comments (or a book) once in a while.

Posted by jakebrick November 21, 08 12:37 PM
122.

(with sincerest apologies to Shelley)

I met a former oil executive from an antique land
Who said: one vast and broken office tower
Stands in the desert. Near it on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd bill-board lies, whose baked
And arrogant and faded sign
Tells that its builders well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the building these words appear:
"Welcome to the Dubai Mall":
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Posted by Bpickard November 21, 08 01:04 PM
123.

It is all very tasteless, big and absolutely based on oil money and why the f$%^ should we (ordinary people who try to get a decent living) want to go there in the first place? I know a little (secret) village in Argentina, and that is a lot better than this, what a waste of opportunities one can create in life

Posted by Lunarts November 21, 08 01:18 PM
124.

solo resta decir, acuerdence delos pobres ....no

Posted by victor javier guerrero gonzalez November 21, 08 01:26 PM
125.

But it isn't based on oil money...

Posted by jakebrick November 21, 08 02:12 PM
126.

If these amazing buildings were in the united states, all your people would be proud and none of you would question where the money was coming from. Just like the skyscrapers of the banks recently collapsed...
I get a hearthattack every time I refuel my car as well, but instead of being jealous You should be thinking about how to make a business like they do with the oil...

Posted by pudli November 21, 08 02:53 PM
127.

I'll try using a cleaner language just incase the previous comment doesn't get published.

Wishing, or hoping a plane crashes into some towers makes you a shameful human being, I cannot even recognize anyone who says this as American or even "western" which is the current gold standard of civilization. On behalf of all understanding Americans i apologize. Some people are still stuck in an emotional whirlpool of outdated and bunk beliefs that just reeks of racism and xenophobia, and probably a healthy dose of jealousy.

Posted by Patriot November 21, 08 07:22 PM
128.

Great pictures!

Posted by InfoHQ.us November 21, 08 07:43 PM
129.

Beautiful skyline. I hope they use some of the floors in these towers for low income families.

Posted by Ben November 21, 08 08:30 PM
130.

I've never been to Dubai. And I admit I know very little about it.
But if you guys say it's not oil money, I will have to disagree.
Why are these all happening in Dubai? Just because they have smart leaders? Hardworking citizens? C'mon you guys, get real! If you believe these can happen without the oil money, you are crazy!
I think most critical comments above are not aiming at "Dubai the city" (Dubai is doing fine and making the most in the situation, I don't think anyone can disrespect that), but this whole unsustainable economy going around. The people digging oil and people consuming oil are all to blame. (Dubai is doing fine and making the most in the world economy, I don't think anyone can disrespect that)

Posted by yip November 21, 08 09:15 PM
131.

i think they are compensating for something! :p

i agree that a lot of the architecture is a bit tasteless. and a palm shaped artificial island? huh? why would anyone want to live on something like that?

Posted by horace November 21, 08 09:54 PM
132.

la rajaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

Posted by isabel rivera November 21, 08 11:22 PM
133.

I would choose Western CANADA for a vacation over what i just looked at

Flat land/sand and highrises or forests of trees/mountians and rivers and wildlife.
close your eyes and you pick.

Posted by David Connor November 21, 08 11:52 PM
134.

De gustibus - non disptandum est.
Find out what that means with an education. It is in latin.
Ever heard of the "Tower of Babel"? Read and learn!!
Man doth not live by "BREAD" alone. .. . real or metaphorical.
Love
ron

Posted by rls November 21, 08 11:53 PM
135.

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time there were two kingdoms. One king wanted to have best palaces, best restaurants best living for himself. So he used to enslave his subjects and make them construct palaces for himself. Other king also wanted same thing but he I guess was more thoughtful. Rather then enslaving his own men he enlisted them and went all around world waging lots of wars, made lot of money (plain looting of wealth or by forcefully killing local industries where ever his army went was one of those tactics). He invested that money back in science, research, development, arts. This sourcing of wealth from outside and channelizing that to further development paid off.

Centuries later second kingdom's people came to be known as whites (or westerners) and all the future generations of all the people were rich and more powerful. While the first king's sons and daughter converted palaces to heritage hotels and were living rich and filthy rich life. And these guys came to be known as Indians.

Moral of Story : If your ruler is only building palaces for himself (or rich like him) only his progeny would be rich. But if you use more brain then may be you would be more powerful! After all Palaces in England are also not that bad!

Posted by Arvind November 22, 08 01:31 AM
136.

First of all, I find it amazing all the developments that Dubai is currently undergoing. I personally find it a human achievement. I want to point out that AGAIN, these developments are not being financed with YOUR "oil money", -> "The emirate's (Dubai) revenues are from trade, real estate and financial services.Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute less than 6% (2006)of Dubai's US$ 37 billion economy (2005)" Really, I encourage people to first 'Gather Reliable information' & then make your Assumptions & Comments.
To those who still think that their $ 4.00 US are paying this, READ AGAIN. And for those who find that Dubai & Investors should rather ‘Feed the Poor, Invest in Education, Fight diseases ETC… why not stop complaining on others actions, and rather take all the $money$ you spend on gas, vacation, useless WAR (fighting ‘ghostly’ terrorists) & others, and you Feed the Poor!! =)
People should stop being jealous and hating on others progress.
& to Anonymous: “Why investing/ development in Dubai”? Why NOT??
- I accept reply comments ;)

Posted by Ms. Aruban November 22, 08 01:39 AM
137.

pos que decir que dinero tendran estos moros pero solo son eso...moros

Posted by pipapapigrafo November 22, 08 01:45 AM
138.

pos eso que aunque mucha pasta tengan no les quitan lo de ser unos moracos

Posted by pipapapigrafo November 22, 08 01:47 AM
139.

'Why dont you all aware that Dubai is not an oil exporter as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq or Russia, and dont blame someone unless you aware what you did.
Most of oil sold to US came from Saudi, not from UAE, and UAE has nothing to do
with your spending on oil. And it is all your own guilt to use the gassucker 4WD's instead of any low milleages car.
Dubai is trying to be a tourist destination as well as business centre of M.East.
Don"t be jealous,

Posted by jsp November 22, 08 02:50 AM
140.

el mundo esta gobernado por irresponsables que llevan la miseria lejos de sus lujosas vidas.

Posted by Anonymous November 22, 08 04:12 AM
141.

la verdad q estos tipos son unos genios.!! se les admira.
si pudiera me iria a vivir alla.!!
la cosa seria distinta a lo mejor pagarian bien??' sera???
tendrias mas posibilidades de vivir mas trankilo.????
jajajaaj

Posted by Cheche November 22, 08 08:26 AM
142.

Interesting, but more interesting is that more and more signs are there that Dubai is bankrupt.
Toll, more expensive visas, paid parking everywhere, registration cards etc.

The covernment is now doing everything to make money out of anything

Posted by Jaapie November 22, 08 09:28 AM
143.

it"s fantastic.....................

Posted by talib November 22, 08 01:08 PM
144.

All of these huge buildings will be ready to house the world's financial and business headquarters -- when someone nukes NYC. They are planning, waiting, and will be ready to take over as the world's business and financial hub when Manhattan is rendered uninhabitable by Islamic extremists.

Posted by pequod November 22, 08 02:43 PM
145.

I believe this a bad move for Dubai. Their whole goal is tourism, and how can you have tourism, when everybody is broke? (economy). It would have been logical, if these guys put all there money into developing "New Technologies", Improved centers for Scientific development, or created the best University's in the world etc.

Doing this, would have allowed Dubai the ability to usher in a new "Bill Gates", or Warren Buffets" of the middle east!

We all know that billionaires never think "outside of the box", meaning they will eventually fail.

Posted by gza November 22, 08 03:14 PM
146.

Don't be fooled by these photos. Been there in that despicable place long enough. If you think one a** hole is too many, I'd assume you haven't been to Dubai.

There's nothing in the world like breathing fresh, natural air and color / fragrance of seasons.

Posted by Shabnam November 22, 08 06:19 PM
147.

A lot of comments on this not being financed by petro-dollars. But
these super polluters have imported some very cheap labor
from the Indian Sub Comtinent who's living quarters are not shown.
So they're getting off rather inexpensively.

Posted by Johnny Putt November 22, 08 08:25 PM
148.

petrodolares

Posted by destroy November 22, 08 10:38 PM
149.

I'm shocked by some of the comments here. I live in Dubai and sure ,it does have it's problems. But I challenge anyone to show me a country that hasn't whilst it was growing. Most countries in the world are suffering the violence associated with nationalism and xenophobia in Dubai I see alot of cultures blending and working together. People making comments about the "starving children in the world" most of the poverty in the world has been brought about by America , britain and the UN . India wouldn't be the way it is if it wasn't for britain and colonialism. I could find a lot of fault with Dubai but I prefer to look at the positives. How many homeless people just in 1 city in America. How many CHILDREN live on the streets of London. while the powers that be wage unjust wars that cost billions.

Posted by Alan Smith November 23, 08 12:33 AM
150.

To 139 . The most oil and petroleum sold to the U.S.A. by a single country is from Canada.Go ahead google it.The U.S.A. reliance for oil from Dubai is misleading.

Posted by David Connor November 23, 08 01:18 AM
151.

Slaves? we THANK them for making Dubai what it is now! Without a speck of denial, people helping to built Dubai are one of the most important aspects in the future of Dubai.
People have this ignorant stereotypical image about the Middle East, especially the gulf region and just go by it. Please get out of your bubble.
We, both locals and expatriates(who are settled in Dubai), are famous for our generosity,and hospitality. Even to the people who don't want to be here.


Posted by s. November 23, 08 07:38 AM
152.

Kålkkå hög är e no...men no är he fränsvik tornet å hög , men he ha rambla omkull sku ja tro..

Posted by Vinstar Rublik November 23, 08 09:28 AM
153.

They have taken the most repulsive aspect of US consumer gluttony and somehow managed to make it worse and even more pretentious.

Posted by Banquo November 23, 08 10:29 AM
154.

I think I'd rather camp in a tent in Hawaii, than stay in a 5 star hotel there.
I don't know...whatever...leave me alone.

Posted by J.D Harmeyer November 23, 08 11:03 AM
155.

Workers coming into Dubai, maybe earning more, but it is expensive to live in Dubai & support back home, pay scale is not great. Foreign workers living standards are no better than their home. But, surely Dubai opened up for the survival of working communities with hardly any education or little.
Thanks, no offense to anyone.

Posted by Ali November 23, 08 12:58 PM
156.

can i get uae trdetional phototo my e mail

Posted by amna November 23, 08 02:08 PM
157.

welcome in the paradise for assh*les!!
bienvenue dans le paradis des trous du cul
bienvenido al paradiso de los cabrones

Posted by tonQ November 23, 08 02:24 PM
158.

Son unas fotografias fantasticas, es impresionante como va creciendo la infraestructura....felicidades

Posted by Isaac Quesada Gonzalez November 23, 08 08:52 PM
159.

90% of the Emirates are fforeign workers from South and South East Asia.

And yet, you have no one picture showing them and the awful tent cities they have to live in as second class citizens?

Posted by Vik November 24, 08 01:21 AM
160.

this big piece of cancer , is just the begining of something big that will happen soon ... you where adviced...

Posted by Azzazel November 24, 08 03:07 AM
161.

I do not know what beauty means to each and every one of us.
For me beauty consists of ancient world's monuments and nature.
Modern technology is for making our lives better - not necessarily improving our aesthetics (quite the contrary if you may allow me..).
To be quite honest by seeing sky scrappers I usually get impressed by their monstreous altitude(!!!), admire the ugliness they contribute to the environment and then get sad by realising that people that all of us are - or must be - creatures of nature, freedom, contact with the environment we end up inside them (our little or bigger cells) either working or living. It is sad, considering how much people wish to have a stand alone home to shelter their life and improve their quality of living.
Tourism in a sky scrapper, not for me thank you.... I prefer an island, low hotel buildings, respect of the environment, respect of my human nature....

Posted by MNM November 24, 08 04:55 AM
162.

D'un point de vue écologique c'est une énorme stupidité, de très mauvais gout en plus. Et je ne parle pas de l'attitude de ces messieurs envers l'autre moitié de la planète à savoir les femmes...

Posted by JJG November 24, 08 07:25 AM
163.

Awesome pictures. I can't wait to see what a GBU does do the base of that tower!

Posted by Ken November 24, 08 07:38 AM
164.

Looks interesting, but I couldn't afford to fly there much less stay there.

Posted by Paul November 24, 08 09:06 AM
165.

And they hate the rich Americans? What a farce!

Posted by KE November 24, 08 09:52 AM
166.

i just kept scrolling down and down and down with the last photo

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 08 11:28 AM
167.

And most of it leveraged... oh my!

Posted by John Taratuta November 24, 08 04:07 PM
168.

I don't like this; it's impressive and all, but I don't think it's a very good idea to change the landscape that much, it's not only about Dubai, it suits the whole world. The cost for these "agressions" to the planet will be high.

Posted by Matt November 24, 08 10:40 PM
169.

Bonjour,
à tous les jours je passe voir où ils en sont avec le Burj Dubai et autres,plusieurs autres bâtisses. Méchantes bâtisses dans lesquelles je ne peut me voir étant (pogné) du vertige. J'ai des (frémilles) dans les jambes qu'à penser au type de la grue, plus haute que les plus hauts échafaudages, brrrrrrrr!!!!!!
Tout comme au pays d'Aladin l' architecture est fascinante, féérique, quelque peu sautée mais combien attrayante.
Eux, savent faire avec leurs dollars, ici au Québec, on les perd nos dollars tel qu'annoncé dans le journal, y paraît que 11 milliards se sont volatilisés, où ça?? Faut faire 7 ou 8 années d'université pour ne savoir gérer ni compter cependant,ils savent faire des chèques et gérer leurs comptes de dépenses.
Je trouve cela fou au bouttt mais bravo. Ils voient peut-être venir la fin de la
manne Oil et orientent leur tir pour l'avenir.
Avec les vents, peu d'arbres et les hauteurs, les gens du 155 ne pourront jamais faire du jell-o, ça bouge toujours.
Woao, 125 étages en 55 secondes, on traîne pas, enwaille en haut!!!
L'Atlantis, The World, palm Jumeira, le Deira, et d'autres à venir,ils n'ont pas fini de nous surprendre. ENCORE BRAVO
pendant que nous ici, on piétine.

Posted by Mercure Gérard November 24, 08 11:46 PM
170.

I wonder what the financial crisis will do to all this building craze. No one will buy or use all that stuff. Just a dump for petrodollars.

Posted by Martin November 25, 08 12:00 PM
171.

The biggest tallest buildings, the biggest planes, all built imported labor and supplied by Western companies.

All is vanity and vexation.

Posted by M. M. Cooper November 25, 08 02:13 PM
172.

When the oil runs out...This wont hurt them at all. By that time Dubai and the UAE will be the most popular tourist destination in the world. I mean biggest theme parks...Under water hotels, Biggest football stadiums, private islands, .. why wont you go there?
I think these people are very smart, Building a secure future in tourism.

Posted by Kasun November 25, 08 02:33 PM
173.

"With great money comes great architecture" that's the modern days saying

Posted by mnemone November 25, 08 02:33 PM
174.

valla burrada!!!!!!!!! me parece brutal y asesino lo k estan haciendo!!! y yo ganando 1000e!!!!!!!!!!!! valla tela!!!!

Posted by Anonymous November 25, 08 03:49 PM
175.

These pics fail to show the countless migrant labourers from the inmpoverished south asia who toil hard under the sweltering sun to build these behemoths and maintain them.. A visitor to dubai will see all glamourous malls and well paved roads with nice green gardens and boulevards. But all in the comforts of air conditioned car or hotel rooms. Who waters those plants, who cleans up those yards, who patches up those roads, who washes those gleaming steel and glass facades, who fixes up the huge a/c plants. The poor underpaid exploited migrant labourer...

Posted by Horace November 26, 08 01:59 AM
176.

It is becoming man made heaven on the earth. who dont want to go dubai now?

Posted by parvez khan November 26, 08 10:02 AM
177.

To hoosierina: The Americans and the Europeans have been making far bigger displays of wealth throughout history. Many of the Europeans used money practically stolen from the colonies to build some of Europe's most well known landmarks. The people in these former colonies are now starving because of the money taken to build the Eiffel Tower and St. Paul's Cathedral... Now when you see Arabs making their country really remarkable, you become all noble and start criticizing it as an arrogant display of wealth. The UAE has as much right as Europe of USA to show off a bit. At least they aren't spending trillions of dollars on useless wars and weapons systems like the US...

Posted by Karan November 26, 08 12:52 PM
178.

To M. M. Cooper: Why do you Westerners find it so difficult to just accept that Dubai is becoming better than about half your cities ALL BY ITSELF? Wherever they import their equipment from, they are able to use it, market it and project it more intelligently than most Western companies ever could. The labor force is not from Western countries, it is exclusively from South Asia and the Middle East. Dubai is building up a whole city in a very short timespan. Very few world leaders have a vision like that of the ruler of Dubai.. All this development is to shift the economy away from oil, and attract investment and tourism, as Dubai's oil supplies are drying up.

Posted by Karan November 26, 08 12:59 PM
179.

To Horace: I completely agree with you though... the state of migrant labourers in Dubai is pathetic.

Posted by Karan November 26, 08 01:00 PM
180.

Burj Dubai really empressed/
Now I have yet one dream - visit the top of this tower/

Posted by danbst November 26, 08 01:25 PM
181.

:O (solo para ricos y burocratas)

Posted by log November 26, 08 02:36 PM
182.

I leave in Dubai but I'm from South America. My only true concern is that reading these posts I realized that americans are ignorant enough to eventually invade Dubai thinking there is some oil somewhere around here. Just a hint.... if you are looking for oil please visit Abu Dhabi... sk Zayed Road heading south... If you see a big tower on your right... you are lost...but just in case...it is just a tower...not a huge misile aiming US... believe me... I've been there and no trace of weapons of mass distruction inside... of course I'm not an expert on that field.
On the other hand, if you think 4,5 us/gl is too expensive... take your bike... maybe 4WD made in the US was not designed to be environmental friendly...

Posted by Soy amigo del grosso November 26, 08 03:11 PM
183.

I have been in Dubai at the start of this year and I think all those buildings are waste of money and just plain normal an idiot could design something and the next day they build it! I would rather have a vacation in Tasmania or Queensland or anywhere in Australia rather than in U.A.E. Nothing compare to living in a natural place where you are surrounded by nature's buildings (mountains, rivers and etc). Dubai is growing too fast and it will fall too fast. I would rather use all the money they wasted and used them to help needed people around the world.

Posted by Bablium November 27, 08 07:31 AM
184.

What a terrible place, so incredibly fake....it has to be one of the most unsustainable places on earth. What happens when there is not enough money to dredge all the man made "islands" etc?? These people are certainly not wise.......just greedy and vain.

Dubai has seen its peak .....it's all downhill from here.

Posted by Andrew November 27, 08 08:22 AM
185.

pe your comment here...ME SORPRENDE EL TRABAJO ARQUITECTÓNICO Y LO QUE SE PUEDE CREAR CON EL DINERO, SE IMAGINAN LO ATRACTIVO QUE PUDIESE SER UN CONCIERTO , EXPOSICIONES , EVENTOS INTERNACIONALES, EVENTOS CON FINES BENÉFICOS PARA EL MUNDO ETC.
SIMPLEMENTE GRANDIOSO ! , QUE SEA PARA BIÉN.
MARUK VERACRUZ, MÉXICO

Posted by maruk November 27, 08 10:18 AM
186.

#183 says "I would rather use all the money they wasted and used them to help needed people around the world."
Great idea but NOBODY do that. So why them ? Utopia is so far away from here. Of course this place in the middle of desert is nothing more than powder in the eyes, of course their money could be used to do something for humanity or for the preservation of our planet, blablabla.... They just follow the path of midwest. Their "American Dream", to prove to the rest of the world that they also can do whatever they want of mother nature. They are not worstest than we are. The entire world is going insane.
Great images of that nauseous scramble that represent humankind. Where is my own desertic island so i can run away from this madness.

Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Krakatoaa November 27, 08 06:18 PM
187.

I'm not sure what to make of Dubai. The scale of what they are doing it very impressive but I just don't see any uniqueness. It just looks kind of bland.
Who cares about indoor skiing in the desert of islands shaped like palm trees?
It's like a kid designed the place. It will never match the gravitas of the worlds oldest cities.

Posted by michaelb1 November 27, 08 11:44 PM
188.

I lived 20 Years there never felt being at home once, any One say something different is either a pretender or a liar you come as stranger you live as stranger and leave as stranger in the city of concrete and cement and polluted space.

Posted by stranger November 28, 08 01:40 AM
189.

I lived 20 Years there never felt being at home once, any One say something different is either a pretender or a liar you come as stranger you live as stranger and leave as stranger in the city of concrete and cement and polluted space.

Posted by stranger November 28, 08 01:41 AM
190.

Most of the negative comments about Dubai come from Westerners who are just jealous of the achievements of other countries.
If this new story was a picture of New York City and its luxurious skyscrapers and hotels, they definitely wouldn't complain like this. These anti-Dubaists are just hypocrites who are small minded and jealous of other countries' achievements.
And as for Dubai earning money from oil, first of all Dubai's main source of income is tourism, not oil.
Second of all, oil prices had gone up so much really because USA invaded Iraq, controlled the oil sources, and pushed up the prices so that Bush and his friends benefit.
I can't believe how many small minded hypocrites there are in this world...

Posted by Jonathan November 28, 08 03:18 AM
191.

We all must know that money is made out of debt, and more money means more debt for International economy, and we all humans will suffer when a lot of money is wasted to build with the same old materials and technology in such a major scale, only the design, scale, and location of this buildings are futuristic. If all this money will be used in new technology development for sustainable cities?

Posted by D.A. November 28, 08 08:42 AM
192.
Posted by DaveO November 28, 08 09:17 AM
193.

Hahaha, reading comments below and I cant believe how JEALOUS some americans are. Funny ....

Posted by Radek November 28, 08 10:47 AM
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Impressive! I may not agreed with the "bloody" oil money. But with the economic crisis and all the tragic events all over the would, it's nice to think that there is a place where workers from different places work together to transform a desert place in to a futouristic city..

Posted by tomatestress November 29, 08 12:03 PM
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I feel like this is not true.....hehe, unbelievable pretty

Posted by MX Solstice November 29, 08 04:17 PM
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Interesting. Pettiness equals jealously plus scapegoating. I should like to visit at least once and probably never shall. Yes. It is impressive what the human brain can concieve, and perhaps, someday, more can enjoy more.

Posted by JB Hummering November 29, 08 07:22 PM
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que descaro pisha y mientras en el mundo hay gente que se muere de hambre, que falta de respeto

Posted by llamas November 30, 08 08:40 AM
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WOW ! ! ! ! ! ! !
ITS REAL DUBAI CITY
WISH U ALL THE BEST DUBAI

Posted by SUBHASH KALAL November 30, 08 09:22 AM
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Wow,
Really Dubai is a Nice City.
I Like too much.
I wish you all the best Dubai City.

Posted by Deepa sathiyamoorthy.E November 30, 08 09:45 AM
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I cannot imagine such lovely feat achieved by humans. I dont see this kind of development anywhere in the world. Clearly dubai is emerging as Center of attraction for the world.
Love you dubai!

Posted by Firoz November 30, 08 10:09 AM
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Americans are just jealous of countries and cities that do things better than they can...criticising other countries under the guise of human rights, democracy, and economic inequality. Face it - you will decline one day

Posted by JXC November 30, 08 11:45 AM
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I can't see the bright future,But hey who we are to coment. They knows the best and we wish them best luck. One thing for a sure that weather it will flowrish or not but labourer are getingt paid when needed little or less.

Posted by Anil Rajyaguru November 30, 08 12:12 PM
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Dubai is something unique I was for some time there and I was impressed by the enormous buildings .And everything there was unique the Mall of Emirates,the unique Burj Al Arab ,the desert,the safari everything....I love Dubai( Abu Dhabi,too) but I hope very soon to be again in Dubai even on an excursion .:):P:):P

Posted by Silviq November 30, 08 05:13 PM
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@126, Patriot.... first of all, ur an embarresment to the human race that's all i can tell u..
second of all, to all you complaining about ur 4$ a gallon and YOU'R oil money, we've got the oil , we own it, and will sell it at any price we wish to, does that make sense? if you have a problem with that find your own alternative to gas/ cars (check out Europe!). of course there are other issues about oil money which is mainly our concern here in i wouldn't worry my head with it if i were you. plus i've been to dubai and i agree they're overdoing it from an environmental and cultural point of view. Saudi Arabia

Posted by eman November 30, 08 05:54 PM
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There is a lot of insults and nonsense comments here. It just shows that there are a lot of people who are ignorant and most of them in developed countries. I agree with the one who said they should read more. There is a lot to know about the world so put your lase minds working. The first think is that Dubai is no longer making money from oil, they reserves have gone some time ago. Oil is only 8-10% of they GDP.

They invested the money they made with oil, not only in Dubai as well as in oversea as example you have the DP-Dubai Ports International one of the word biggest port managing companies. There are other many examples. They made a commitment to develop their Emirate like no other place in the world and they are succeeding of course that there are other problems which are a result of this huge development they want, waste handling, increasing traffic, high immigrant workers (with poor working conditions), culture customs and others.

I'm not muslin, not living in a developed country and have visited Dubai so many times and I got very amazed with what they are doing there. IT is also important that people making those faulty comments do not forget that they are the one who are fueling mostly that development in Dubai. How many Europeans and Americans have bought houses in Dubai? Houses so expensive that they could buy even a cheaper one at a even more amazing place like a tropical beach side anywhere in the world. Dubai native population is so small that they could not get that demand from they own. Dubai is being built by foreigners for foreigners but owned by Dubai native population who get the revenue.

What they are doing in Dubai is really amazing they are using their minds, they are being clever but on my opinion going too far but credit should be given to those wonderful constructions and many other good things going on in Dubai.
Without it we would have to wait so many years to see some firsts as we see in Dubai. They gave some new view to the world tourism industry and today we can see many others cities or countries following the Dubai effect, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.

So for last, don't make any foolish comment without knowing what you are taking about.

Posted by Jose Dias December 1, 08 06:20 AM
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Personally i think that Dubai has had a fantastic development and people should be proud of it. We will always find some frustrated hippies still nostaglic when they look back at the sixties...get over it guys...What s wrong in spending money to attract tourists and raise the standards?
Is dubai responsible for poverty around the world? Don t think so...Is dubai investment money could end poverty around the world forever...don t think so!!!!

We are not talking politics we are talking architecture anyway!!!! some of the designs that you can find in Dubai are simply amazing .Bare in mind that to materialize such a new and defiant way to design buildings money needs to be spent...

This city attracts people from around the world....have you ever asked yourself the questions why?

Posted by david December 1, 08 12:14 PM
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beutyful dubai

Posted by vinay December 2, 08 01:09 AM
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as of now what has paid for this place are no-bid corporate war contracts and the countless innocent human lives shed to perpetuate those contracts. google it

Posted by truth December 2, 08 02:58 AM
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Very Professional Pictures

Thanks a lot !

Posted by saif December 2, 08 08:43 AM
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ME ENCANTADUBAI YA E ESTADO DOS VECES LA ULTIMATA VEZ FUE EN 96 PERO VEO Q TENGO Q VOLVER A VER TODO ESO. ES INCREIBLE MUCHA FELICIDADES..... TK MAMA JEJEJE

Posted by CABALLOLOKO December 2, 08 10:57 AM
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Modernism has rapidly died since the 1970s and these people, incredibly, still revel in a modernist fantasy. Dubai is soon to be the greatest ghost town ever known to humanity, most likely within our lifetimes. Sad and utterly wasteful considering they could have used all the oil profits to research and build a self-sustained eco-city. Now that would be real human ingenuity.

Posted by Jay LaTrobe December 2, 08 02:00 PM
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It amazes me how much hate there is in those comments. It really is embarrassing and shameful. I have never been to Dubai. I don't care how it was financed. Have to clue how sustainable it is. But give me a break!
A long time ago, there was an island where the Dutch settled. They welcomed everyone and anyone. Everyone started dreaming and trying to outdo one another. When the skyscraper was born, the entire island was in competition with itself, and that "big" Midwestern city. Big business took hold. Arts and culture soon followed. We call this island today Manhattan and we celebrate its boldness, fast pace, philanthropy, art, brashness and attitude. And as to the "fake" tourist attractions... did anyone say Las Vegas? Las Vegas creates New York, Paris and other interesting resorts and we call it crazy, fun or whatever else we call it. But when an Arab city dares to do anything, we start talking about how it's really "our" money, how it will come down when oil is out, how it's arrogant, and I could go on forever. Give me a break! It's hypocritical at best. Un-American at worst.

Posted by Bostonian December 2, 08 09:14 PM
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In one sense it does look like a big waste of money; but I have heard that UAE has a limited supply of oil; and when that runs out they have nothing left for their economy and everything will collapse, people starve, etc. So instead of waiting for that day; they are creating what one might call Las Vegas on an extreme level. Tourism is the future of UAE from what I understand

Posted by Robert December 2, 08 11:41 PM
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I am Egyptian and I have visited and lived in Dubai, Dubai is a great place, it's true that Oil money is for sure a big part of their success, but i wont tell you to look at other countries in Gulf but look at other states in UAE which have the same money but far away from Dubai right ??
So Dubai have great leaders and that's what makes Dubai this great place, Oil is same as USA's land full of God's Resources which by help of great American people USA become that's good.
All what i need to see in UAE that the become a productive economy even they are great investors, wish to all countries to work from the man kind.

BTW: For the poor, i guess you should know more how much UAE pay for poor, UAE gives for poor Egyptian youth people about 50, 000 free homes, i think this is enough to say.

Posted by Ayman December 3, 08 08:26 AM
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I live in Dubai.
The pictures are great, but this place is not so nice.
The pictures are better than the real thing!

Posted by Mario December 3, 08 02:01 PM
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*Richard*
Look at the 7 trillion dollar bail-out the US has paid to help out the big corporations who started this whole economic mess!!! With a fraction of that money not one person in this world would starve! and youre talking about waste of money?! The US and the major corporations that are controlling the government are the most greedy and selfish people on this planet! So look at your own country before you start blaming the UAE for developing their own country, with THEIR own natural resources!

Posted by Your Mom December 3, 08 02:20 PM
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Or look at the amount of money spent/wasted by Bush to start war's over OIL. While Bush was acting up as a warlord, Sheik Mohammed was doing charity work, but still its the Sheik being picked on... Did he ever start a war? Think not.
And lets be honnest, all the harm caused in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran but also Venezuela, ... (I could go on all day) just to make sure (North-)Americans can keep up their, based upon consumption, way of living: driving huge pickups that consume loads of fuel, etc etc, but complaining bout the fuel prices... Djeez. It seems the USA is that deep down that all they can do is point fingers. Its a shame for the somewhat smarter Americans, but when I read comments like the ones posted over here (dumb, not even remotely correct, and arrogant with a touch of jalousy), I am not surprised you guys are hated through the entire world... You should visit the UAE and let them explain to you bout respect, kindness and hospitality. Those words seem to become meaningless to lots of Americans, as the reactions might suspect allready.

PS: Very nice pictures, and good comments! Good to see there not all Americans are the same ;-)

Posted by Kristof B. December 4, 08 12:00 AM
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Ultimate photos.

Posted by Bhavik Sanghavi December 4, 08 04:46 AM
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i look others butifull picture again thanks

Posted by swarup December 4, 08 11:14 AM
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I do applaud Dubai's diversification of its economy from mere petrodollars to tourism and trade (honestly. Much more of this sort of thing needs to happen in the Middle East).

However, I am troubled by the still-constricted nature of the economy and society. Beyond tourism and such, I would very much like to see even further diversification of the society, via the founding of great universities and research facilities, the investment in the basic 'infrastructure' for the development of HUMAN capital. I'm sure some of this does happen, mind you. But I am also getting the impression that much of the labor and expertise is imported, and relatively little spent on developing commensurate levels of indigenous expertise, so that the need for imported talent and labor drops off and it all becomes self-sustaining. Until that happens, all of these marvels will be as authentic and sustainable as great man-made island.

I say all this not as a hater, nor from a jealous perspective (jealousy has no place in a free-market world-view; if you want it, learn how to build it for yourself and find a demand!). Rather, I speak from the stance of someone who genuinely wants the Middle East to prosper and grow, and make its own contributions to the world, and thus to experience the well-earned pride which comes from such self-generated achievements.

Posted by Noocyte December 5, 08 04:13 PM
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I live and work in Dubai. I think Dubai is the fastest developing emirate amongst the 7 emirates. Other emirates and other gulf countries are following the success story of Dubai.

What makes me wonder is the way this port city and surrounding desertland got converted into a tourist hub. This was possible due to liberal policies, ample luxurious hotels offering world class hospitality, easy availability of visas, air connectivity etc. Importing & re-exporting, ever growing tourism, real estate, investments in foreign countries etc. adds more riches to Dubai. Oil trade is taken care by neighbouring emirate Abu Dhabi.

I remember having read :

In democracy everybody talks but nobody listens
In monocracy one person talks and everybody listens

This is probably more relevant for Dubai. Shaikh Mohammed, the genious ruler of Dubai deserves the credit for transforming this land into its present state.

Availability of cheap labour from Asian countries does play an important roll here. While these luxury malls and hotels are meant for the rich and affluent, there is tremendous shortage of accomodation meant for economy class people.

Dubai's growth into a commercial hub is applaudable.

Posted by www.indiantides.blogspot.com December 6, 08 02:07 AM
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I guess capitalism is fine, as long as it's for the Kingdom? This is impressive, beautiful, wonderous... You'll have to excuse some of us "Americans" who have listened to how our evil capitalism has destroyed the world. But there is no "gold standard", there is a "black standard" which is oil... The gold standard went away with the Federal Reserve here in the USA. Yeah, that was created to keep another disaster like the great depression from happening again, but instead helped to create another.

Perhaps we'd all applaud your capitalism, if it weren't in part based on fixing the worlds oil prices using a monopoly called OPEC to control production and control4oil prics. That's not free trade. And perhaps we'd be more excited for you if some of the hijackers that destroyed our towers and killed thousands weren't from the UAE and Egypt. (Yeah, none were from Iraq) For me, I'll never be able to afford to visit, bu that doesn't break my heart. I've heard outsiders get arrested there anyway, it may look like a modern city, but it's still controlled by local Muslim and tiribal laws. Of course they look the other way at times for the sake of money, for instance the bikini clad woman shown in the pictures. Correct me if any of my facts are wrong...

Posted by 4U2Speak December 7, 08 12:40 PM
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hi see the beautiful

Posted by krishnakumar December 8, 08 06:50 AM
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I LIKE THE COLOR FUL SKY SCRAPER AND THE SARK TANKS THEY WERE KOLLIO AND TIGHT AND CRACK A LACKIN

Posted by Kelly Ward December 8, 08 01:53 PM
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Cool architecture. All of Europe is still better than these monster buildings.

Posted by Mehul December 8, 08 03:39 PM
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it's easy to understand how americans ignorant and idiot. don't be jealous.

sign Kyoto first, then talk here.

Posted by nikko December 13, 08 05:00 AM
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I think people have a tendency to be misled by what they see: it a common feature due to our "image" world (TV, internet...).

As far as I know, UAE people massively invested in western funds: company, media, sport... and real estate. You can blame their arrogance but certainly not for their intelligence. As much as I don't like brutal capitalism, I can't see how their investments are any different than the ones of our western economic leaders. Blame the collapsing financial system that we all work for in a way or another. It's reealy easier to say you were stolen than admit that one person in your group gave it up for money...

As for Dubai, it looks to me more like a concept or a dream for someone who didn't think that... one day... people would be living in.
During the middle age in Europe, the cathedrals were built to allow people to get closer to their god. Today, whitout any religious reference (like in China or in Dubai), what does a sky crapper means ? "I have enough money and ego to challenge anyone". This is pure foolishness and arrogance.

Finally, I read a lot of remarks concerning the so-called tourism in Dubai. Everybody has a definition of tourism: mine would differ from yours. But tourism is not entertainment. Going to a waterpark with your kids is nothing but entertainment. Don't get me wrong: it can be pleasant, but it doesn't make you a tourist. There's certainly a place at the end of your street where your kids would have as much fun... No need to go to Dubai for that, unless you want to be able to say: "I've been to Dubai"... and for me, you come back to my previous remark; arrogance.

My final reamark goes to the environment: living in France makes me think I'm lucky. My environment is pleasant to live in, wonderful to re-discover everyday, and trying to be respectfull for the others. I think it's just a question of choice. I personnaly choose to have forests, mountains, deserts, castles and museums rather than a giant mall in the middle of nowhere.

Posted by Thierry (Paris, France) December 14, 08 03:40 AM
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Great pictures.

Posted by The Dude December 18, 08 07:31 AM
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IS THE BESTS HUMAN CONSTRUTIONS OF WORLD!!

Posted by BRASIL December 19, 08 04:07 AM
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dubai is a heaven of the world

Posted by Faizan Hassan December 19, 08 04:44 AM
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estos son los nobles arabes ke gastan su petropasta en marbella y tal, ojo no confundir con el mierdamoro ke cruza en patera ke es muy diferente una especie a otra XDDDDD

Posted by Belial December 21, 08 01:11 PM
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Behind the glitz of Dubai
GHAITH ABDUL-AHAD- Oct 28 2008 06:00
-Guardian News & Media 2008

The sun is setting and its dying rays cast triangles of light on to the bodies of the Indian workers. Two are washing themselves, scooping water from tubs in a small yard next to the labour camp's toilets. Others queue for their turn. The heat is suffocating and the sandy wind whips our faces. The sprinkles of water from men drying their clothes fall like welcome summer rain.

All around, a city of labour camps stretches out in the middle of the Arabian desert , a jumble of low, concrete barracks, corrugated iron, chicken-mesh walls, barbed wire, scrap metal, rusted machinery and thousands of men with tired and gloomy faces.

I have left Dubai 's spiralling towers, man-made islands and mega-malls behind and driven through the desert to the outskirts of the neighbouring city of Abu Dhabi . Turn right before the Zaha Hadid bridge, and a few hundred metres takes you to the heart of Mousafah, a ghetto-like neighbourhood of camps hidden away from the eyes of tourists. It is one of many areas around the Gulf set aside for an army of labourers building the icons of architecture that are mushrooming all over the region.

Behind the showers, in a yard paved with metal sheets, men stand silently in front of grease-blackened pans, preparing their dinner. A heavy smell of spices and body odour fills the air.

In a neighbouring camp, a group of Pakistani workers from north and south Waziristan sit exhaustedly sipping tea while one of them cooks outside. In the middle of the cramped room in which 10 men sleep, one worker in a filthy robe sits on the floor grinding garlic and onions with a mortar and pestle.

Hamidullah, a thin Afghan from Maydan, a village on the outskirts of Kabul , tells me: 'I spent five years in Iran and one year here, and one year here feels like 10 years. When I left Afghanistan I thought I would be back in a few months, but now I don't know when I will be back.'

Another worker, on a bunk bed next to him, adds: 'He called his home yesterday and they told him that three people from his village were killed in fighting. This is why we are here.'
Hamidullah earns about 450 dirhams a month as a construction worker. How is life? I ask. 'What life? We have no life here. We are prisoners. We wake up at five, arrive to work at seven and are back at the camp at nine in the evening, day in and day out.'

Outside in the yard another man sits on a chair made of salvaged wood, in front of a broken mirror, a plastic sheet wrapped around his neck, while the camp barber trims his beard. Despite the air of misery, tonight is a night of celebration. One of the men is back from a break in his home village in Pakistan , bringing with him a sack of rice, which he is cooking with meat. Rice is affordable at weekends only: already wretched incomes have been eroded by the weak dollar and rising food prices. 'Life is worse now,' one worker told me. 'Before, we could get by on 140 dirhams a month; now we need 320 to 350.'

The dozen or so men sit on news-papers advertising luxury watches, cellphones and high-rise towers. When three plastic trays arrive, filled with yellowish rice and tiny cubes of meat, each offers the rare shreds of meat to his neighbours.

All of these men are part of a huge scam that is helping the construction boom in the Gulf. Like hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, they each paid more than £1 000 to employment agents in India and Pakistan . They were promised double the wages they are actually getting, plus plane tickets to visit their families once a year, but none of the men in the room had actually read his contract. Only two of them knew how to read.
'They lied to us,' a worker says. 'Some of us sold our land; others took big loans to come and work here.'

Once they arrive in the United Arab Emirates migrant workers are treated little better than cattle, with no access to healthcare or many other basic rights. The company that sponsors them holds on to their passports -- and often a month or two of their wages to make sure that they keep working. And for this some will earn just 400 dirhams a month.
A group of construction engineers told me, with no apparent shame, that if a worker becomes too ill to work he will be sent home after a few days. 'They are the cheapest commodity here. Steel, concrete, everything is up, but workers are the same.'

Immigrant workers have no right to form unions, but that didn't stop strikes and riots spreading across the region recently -- something unheard of a few years ago. In Mousafah I encounter one of the few illegal unions, where workers have established a form of underground insurance scheme, based on the tribal structure back home. 'When we come here,' one member of the scheme tells me, 'we register with our tribal elders, and when one of us is injured and is sent home, or dies, the elders collect 30 dirhams from each of us and send the money home to his family.'

In a way, the men at Mousafah are the lucky ones. Down in the Diera quarter of old Dubai , where many of the city's illegal workers live, 20 men are often crammed into one small room. United Nations agencies estimate that there are up to 300 000 illegal workers in the emirates.

Like the rest of the Gulf region, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are being built by expat workers. They are strictly segregated and a hierarchy worthy of previous centuries prevails.
At the top, floating around in their black or white robes, are the locals, with their oil money. Immaculate and pampered, they own everything. Outside the 'free zones', where the rules are looser, no one can start a business in the UAE without a partner from the emirates, who often does nothing apart from lending his name. No one can get a work permit without a local sponsor.

Under the locals come the Western foreigners, the experts and advisers, making double the salaries they make back home, all tax free. Beneath them are the Arabs -- Lebanese and Palestinians, Egyptians and Syrians. What unites these groups is a mixture of pretension and racism.

At the base of the pyramid are the labourers, waiters, hotel employees and unskilled workers from India , Pakistan , Sri Lanka , Ethiopia , the Philippines and beyond. They move deferentially around the huge malls, cafés, bars and restaurants, bowing and calling people 'sir' and 'madam'. These are the victims of the racism that is not only flourishing in the UAE but is increasingly being exported to the rest of the Middle East .

One evening in Abu Dhabi , I have dinner with my friend Ali, a charming Iraqi engineer whom I have known for two decades. 'We will never use the new metro if it's not segregated,' he tells me, referring to the state-of-the-art underground system being built in Dubai . 'We will never sit next to Indians and Pakistanis with their smell,' his wife explains.
Not for the first time, I am told that while the immigrant workers are living in appalling conditions, they would be even worse off back home -- as if poverty in one place can justify exploitation in the other. 'We need slaves,' my friend says. 'We need slaves to build monuments. Look who built the pyramids -- they were slaves.'

Sharla Musabih, a human rights campaigner who runs the City of Hope shelter for abused women, is familiar with such sentiments. 'Once you get rich on the back of the poor, it's not easy to let go of that lifestyle.

'They are devaluing human beings,' she says. 'The workers might eat once a day back home, but they have their family- around them, they have respect.'

Back at the Mousafah camps, a Pakistani worker walks me through his neighbourhood. On both sides of the dusty lane stand concrete barracks and the familiar detritus: raw sewage, garbage, scrap metal. We enter a room, flip-flops piled by the door. Inside, a steelworker gets a pile of papers from an envelope and shoves them into my lap. He is suing the company that employed him for unpaid wages.

'I've been going to court for three months, and every time I go they tell me to come in two weeks.' His friends nod their heads. 'Last time the [company] lawyer told me, 'I am in the law here -- you will not get anything.''

'Economically, Dubai has progressed a lot in the past 10 years, but socially it has stayed behind,' says Musabih. 'Labour conditions are like the United States in the 19th century -- but that's not acceptable in the 21st century.'

Posted by Watani December 24, 08 11:27 PM
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ESTO VERDADERAMENTE ES HERMOSO...

Posted by KATHERIN GOYES December 25, 08 02:19 PM
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yaa dubai is great.

Posted by Bipin Parmar December 26, 08 07:48 AM
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All this talk about what dubai spends their money on. Geez about half of the US income taxes go to military spending. And the US spends just a bit less than what the rest of the world spends on military spending combined. You guys want to talk about schools? Do you want Dubai to give the US money for our piss poor public education system. And the talk about going green and not using oil anymore, that may have been true when gas was $4+ a gallon, but gas guzzlin cars, trucks, and suvs are making a comeback. California of all states is going bankrupt. How does this happen? If you want to say illegal immigration then why not just make it easier to give them work permits. They're going to come over one way or another, might as well tax them for it. But the idea of have even more Mexicans populate the states is somehow appalling to the white majority. Wasting more money on walls and fences and border security is ridiculous when it's already proven not to work. FYI It was the whites who invaded and illegally immigrated to Texas in the first place. How can anyone from America point fingers at anyone else for mismanagement of money?? This is a rant for all the ridiculous comments I've read. You point one finger and you got three more pointed at yourself. Can't everyone just be happy for one another and then maybe we can help each other and something good may actually come of it.

Posted by fedup December 31, 08 04:22 AM
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i think the angels of heaven would be jelous of Dubai............................

Posted by josoph January 2, 09 10:02 AM
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Muito bonita DUBAI eu gostei um sonho em mora em uma cidade linda.
parabens Arabens .

Posted by Rafael Brasil January 4, 09 04:45 PM
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Bonita esta cidade, que predios, que crescimento e desenvolvimento. Fantastico.

De Portugal

Posted by montenegro January 6, 09 01:00 PM
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fantastico,em breve o lugar mais bonito do planeta contruido pelo homem.

Posted by william January 12, 09 10:14 AM
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Sick, outmoded, unsustainable city. This is no model for the future.

Posted by Julien January 15, 09 04:22 AM
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well for now our little Moshe Aviv tower is still the tallest in the Middle East (occupied and not in debt way above its head)

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 05:02 AM
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I have lived in the middle east and say more power to 'em. Up until recently these undrpaid migrant workers were earning a lot more than they could have in their native country. I befriended several Pakisanis, Afganese and Thais and they all told me they were being empowered to purchase and pay for hames and farmland back home. A particular friend named Rana told me flat-out he chose to live a sub-standard life in Saudi Arabia so he could build his parents a home as he had already bought a home that his wife, children and parents were living at the time. And that was thirty years ago. So do not judge until you know the person. As far as the opulence...Never seen THAT in america?!?

Posted by michael January 16, 09 10:51 AM
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Massive greed and wrong direction has made Dubai the mess that you can see.I just want to ask one question,where will all the people who plan to come and live in this desert get their food from.Are they going to invent capsules for breakfast,lunch and dinner.This sort of planning is ridiculous and should be stopped immediatelyThe environment of Dubai is not conducive to agriculture and you cannot have all the food being imported in containers with all the preservatives and artificial stuff added eventually making the whole population unhealthy and not fit..You can have all the artifical stuff but atleast food and water must be natural ..I am scared of the future and hope better sense prevails.

Posted by roy January 26, 09 09:44 AM
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Dubai...where top 10% own 90& of the wealth. Been there once, will not go back.

Posted by b January 29, 09 11:32 PM
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Fantástica, essa cidade, meu sonho é conhecê-la e ver as maravilhas de Deus dando essa inteligência para os homens que a projetaram e colocaram em pratica.
Muitoooooooo Lindoooooooooo.

Posted by Solange January 31, 09 07:41 PM
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result of the petrol

Posted by Anonymous February 5, 09 09:31 AM
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Only a western nation, should be clean and nice. Not an Arab country. You people should kill each other and have a dirty place to live, just like we see on TV.

Posted by shy Wave February 6, 09 12:35 AM
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i wouold like to visit dubai

Posted by Anonymous February 9, 09 10:37 AM
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that,s very nice please send me alot of picture

Posted by samy February 10, 09 02:26 PM
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Living in Dubai is not wonderful and glamorous, as many would have you believe. Forget about what you’ve read, seen, and heard; those shiny buildings and manmade islands are all just smoke and mirrors. There are so many things wrong with this place that I have decided to compile a list, a must read if you are considering a potential move to Dubai.

1. There is no standard address system making mail-to-the door delivery impossible. In fact, it makes anything nearly impossible. The taxi driver, here for only two days, and having learned English from old Beatles albums has no clue where your house is. He won’t tell you that of course, he’ll just keep calling and saying, “Okay, okay. Yeah, yeah.” When you purchase something that requires delivery they do not have an address line, but a box where you are expected to draw a map. Not able to draw a map? Explain like this: I live on the street after the airport road, but before the roundabout. Go past the mosque and make a U-turn.

2. The government blocks all web sites that it deems “offensive” to the “religious, moral, and cultural values” of the UAE. That’s hard to swallow for a freedom loving American, but I get it. I do not understand, however, why all VOIP access and related web sites are blocked. I guess the government also takes offense to people inexpensively contacting their families back home. You’re welcome to call using the analog service provided by the government-owned telephone monopoly, but it will cost you a whole lot more. So much so, in fact, your frequency of calls will be greatly diminished if you can afford them at all. The government says VOIP is blocked for security reasons, yet even the residents of communist China and North Korea have access to these inexpensive calls.
3. It is really hot outside. Not Florida in July hot; Hot as if you were locked in a car in Florida in July with sufficient humidity to make it feel as though you are drowning. Hot as in 120 degrees with nearly 100% humidity. Do not look to the wind for relief. This is the equivalent of pointing a hairdryer on full blast directly at your face. Pour fine moon dust-like sand over your head as you do this and you get the picture.

4. There are too few trees, plants, and grass – or living things aside from us crazy humans, for that matter. Ever see a bird pant? I have. In my opinion, human beings were not meant to live in such a place. If we were, there would be sufficient water and shade. The only greenery around are the roadside gardens planted by the government, who waters the hell out of them in the middle of the day. Thanks a lot! Didn’t you say we should cut down on our water consumption because you are unable to keep up with the demand? I have an idea: let’s all move someplace where it’s not 120 degrees outside.

5. This country prides itself so much on its glitz and glamour that it put a picture of its 7-star hotel on the license plate. Yet, the public toilets in the king-of-bling Gold Souk district are holes in the ground with no toilet paper or soap. Hoses to rinse your nether regions, however, are provided. This results in a mass of water on the floor that you must stand in to pee. Try squatting without touching anything and keeping your pants from touching anything either. Oh yeah. It’s 120 degrees in there too.

6. This country encourages businesses to hire people from other poor countries to come here and work. They have them sign contracts that are a decade long and then take their passports. Even though taking passports is supposedly illegal, the government knows it happens and does nothing to enforce the law. These poor people are promised a certain pay, but the companies neglect to tell them they will be deducting their cost of living from their paychecks, leaving them virtually penniless – that is, if they choose to pay them. Companies hold back paychecks for months at a time. When the workers strike as a result, they are jailed. Protesting is illegal, you see (apparently this law IS enforced).

These people will never make enough to buy a ticket home and even if they do, they do not have their passports. They live crammed in portables with tons of others, in highly unsanitary conditions. The kicker: they are building hotels that cost more to stay in for one night than they will make in an entire year. Things are so bad that a number of laborers are willing to throw themselves in front of cars because their death would bring their family affluence in the form of diya, blood money paid to the victim’s family as mandated by the government.

7. Things are not cheaper here. I’m sick of people saying that. I read the letters to the editor page of the paper and people say to those who complain about the cost of living rising here, “Well, it’s cheaper than your home country or you wouldn’t be here.” The only thing cheaper here is labor. Yes, you can have a maid – but a bag of washed lettuce will cost you almost $10.

8. There are traffic cameras everywhere. I consider this cheating. Where are the damn cops? I drove around this city for weeks before I ever even saw a cop. Trust me, they need traffic cops here. People drive like idiots. It’s perfectly okay to turn left from the far right lane, but speeding even just a couple of kilometers over will get you fined. These cameras are placed strategically as you come down hills, or just as the speed limit changes. Before you know it…BAM! Fined. Forget to pay the bill and your car will be impounded..

9. The clothing some of these women wear makes no sense to me. I understand that as part of your religion you are required to dress in a particular way, but a black robe over your jeans and turtleneck and cover your head when it is 120 degrees outside? In the gym some women wear five layers of clothing…sweatpants and t-shits over sweaters with headscarves. Yet the men’s clothing makes absolute sense: white, airy, and nothing underneath but their skivvies.

10. People stare at you. I am sick of being stared at. I’m stared at by men who have never seen a fair-skinned blue-eyed woman before, or who have and think we are all prostitutes so it’s okay to stare. They stare at me when I am fully covered or with my husband, and even follow me around. It’s beyond creepy and has brought me to tears on more than one occasion. The staring is not limited to men, either. I’m stared at angrily by female prostitutes who think I am running in on their territory by having a few drinks with my husband at the bar.

11. Prostitutes? Oh hell yes, there are prostitutes. Tons of them. So, let me get this straight, I can’t look at a naked picture of a person on the Internet in the privacy of my home, but it is okay to go out in public and buy a few for the night?

12. Alcohol can only be sold in hotels and a handful of private clubs. A person must own a liquor license to consume in the privacy of their own home. To obtain a liquor license you must get signed approval from your boss, prove a certain level of salary that determines how much you are allowed to buy, and then submit several mug shots (aka passport photos) for approval. Pay the fee and the additional 30% tax on every purchase and you may drink at home. Then again, you can just pick up a few bottles in the airport duty free on your way in to the country, but two is the max. Why not just drive out to Ajman where it’s a free-for-all and load up the SUV? It’s easy enough, but crossing the Emirates with alcohol is illegal – particularly in the dry emirate of Sharjah, which just happens to lie between Dubai and Ajman. Go figure.

13. Not only do you have to get your boss’s approval to obtain a liquor license, but you must also get the company’s approval to rent property, have a telephone, or get satellite TV.

14. Back to the craziness on the roads: If I see one more kid standing up and waving to me out the back window while flying down the road at 160 kph…whatever happened to seatbelts?

15. When is the weekend again? Let me get this straight: the weekend used to be Thursday and Friday, but no one took off all of Thursday, just a half day really. Now the government says Friday and Saturday are the weekend, but some people only take off Friday, others still take a half day on Thursday, but some might just take a half day on Saturday instead. Anyway you slice it, Sundays are workdays and little business can be accomplished Thursday through Saturday.

16. There are few satellite television operators:. The movie channels play movies that are old and outdated. Many of them went straight to video back in the States. Every sitcom that failed in the US has been purchased and is played here. Old episodes of Knight Rider are advertised like it is the coolest thing since sliced bread. The TV commercials are repeated so often that I am determined NOT to buy anything I see advertised on television here just for thee principle of it. When I say repeated often, I mean every commercial break - sometimes more than once.

17. The roads are horribly designed. Driving ten minutes out of the way to make a U-turn is not uncommon. People are not able to give directions most of the time (remember reason #1), and the maps are little help because most have few road names on them, if any. Where is interchange four? You just have to hope you got on the freeway in the right place and start counting because they are not numbered. Miss it and you’ll likely end up on the other side of town before you are able to turn around and go back.

18. Taxi drivers are dangerous and smell. Taxi drivers work very hard here to earn a living because travel by taxi is still relatively inexpensive, even though the cost of living is not (see reason #7). Because of this you may have a driver who has had little sleep or the opportunity to shower for several days. Many of these drivers have just as much difficulty finding their way around as you do, but add to this a third-world country driving style and extreme exhaustion and, well, remember to buckle up for safety.

19. Speeding is an Emirati sport and Emirates Road is just an extension of the Dubai Autodrome. I know I keep mentioning the roads, but really, much of this city’s issues are encompassed by the erratic and irrational behavior displayed on its streets. Visions of flashing lights on even flashier, limo-tinted SUVs haunt me as I merge on to the highway. Local nationals are somehow able to get the sun-protecting dark window tint denied to us lowly expats and use it to hide their faces as they tailgate you incessantly at unbelievably high speeds, their lights flickering on and off and horn blaring repeatedly. It doesn’t matter that you can’t get over, or if doing so would be particularly dangerous, they will run you off the road to get in front of you. Don’t even think about giving someone the finger; the offense could land you in jail. Tailgating is, unbelievably, legal.

20. Dubai is far from environmentally friendly. Ever wonder how much damage those manmade islands are doing to the delicate ocean ecosystem? Coral reefs, sea grasses, and oyster beds that were once part of protected marine lands lie choked under a barrage of dredged up sea sand. Consider the waste that occurs from erecting buildings on top of these sand monsters and from the people that occupy them coupled with the lack of an effective recycling program and you have an environmental disaster on your hands. Add to this more gas guzzling SUVs than fuel-efficient cars on the road and the need for 24-hour powerful air-conditioning and its evident that the environment is not high on the priority list of the UAE.

So while I’m sure there are benefits to living in Dubai, tax breaks, multi-cultural environments, and beautiful buildings aside, reconsider your plans to move here if any of the above mentioned reasons strikes a chord within you. Dubai is a city caught in an identity crisis. Struggling somewhere between its desire to be a playground for the rich and its adherence to traditional Islamic roots, rests a city that lacks sufficient infrastructure to support its delusions of grandeur. Visit if you must, but leave quickly before you are sucked into its calamitous void.

Posted by Tia February 10, 09 05:18 PM
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i am an American but not *seething* with jealousy over Dubai...i am wondering how in the world this rate of growth, construction, etc. is sustainable ? Especially in light of the growing global recession ? These Dubai developers actually expect to fill all these buildings with new companies, workers and tourists ? To wit: http://tinyurl.com/d8juew

Posted by double_G February 12, 09 05:10 PM
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never been to dubai,nice to go there as a tourist ,never never never live in dubai or any arab land.

Posted by ivan perera February 13, 09 07:41 PM
253.

I visited Dubai in Nov. 2007. It is impressive, I am originally from the Middle East and now live in the West. The massive scale of construction and ambition may seem the height of folly to some, but the audacity to dream large and execute is truly admirable. I feel there are weaknesses in the overall strategy, which will reveal themselves in these difficult times but, there will also be strengths.

Traditionally, the Arab nations had investments across the globe. These investments were typically on Western assets. These assets are now pretty useless paper. Instead they have invested into their own countries. At least they can look and touch what they have invested in. This I think was very smart.

The true wealth of a nation is it's population, natural resources and industries.The problem begins with industries which they don't really have nor is the hot climate favorable for it. Their population and work force is imported and the law of the land doesn't give citizenships which means they're not vested and transient. This doesn't create a consumer market for itself which is sustainable. It hopes of being a financial center, this is hard to achieve as finance has become digital and doesn't necessarily need a physical location. Though, currently the Islamic law based banks are doing a very healthy and solid business. They're counting on tourism and travel. This industry is also hurting from the global downturn. You draw your own conclusions.
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Posted by Joseph February 16, 09 03:31 AM
254.

hi, its really impressive city, growing very fast other than rest of world . It is a good tourist plcae found for holidays.Beaches r very clean &beutifull. Its very entertaning & refressing.


Rahul R. Wadhai, Nagpur India

Posted by Anonymous February 18, 09 04:54 AM
255.

hi, its really impressive city, growing very fast other than rest of world . It is a good tourist plcae found for holidays.Beaches r very clean &beutifull. Its very entertaning & refressing.


Rahul R. Wadhai, Nagpur India

Posted by Anonymous February 18, 09 04:54 AM
256.

dubai is one of the modern cities in the world

Posted by Anonymous February 18, 09 01:59 PM
257.

Dubai is unique. Use to love it but now this place is becoming too congested and crazy.Driving is a nightmare here and children are missing a lot of things..everything here are about shopping malls which is not balance for kids.People here segregated by nationality..which is very sad...(another thing that is not healthy for children upbringing.) There are never ending constructions.,it is so frustrating as roads can be blocked,diverted within 24 hours and traffic jammed is so bad. After living here for many years I still can get lost.I have enough!

Posted by Nina February 20, 09 02:14 AM
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they have built up their country with the hard working of under-paid, exploited labourers from asia.

How long will this country last??? blood suckers!!!!
Atleast developed countries treat everyone equal and pay everyone equally. I have lived in dubai and I absolutely hate the arab mentality. thank god, I am in britain now!!!!

Posted by Nav Banwait March 1, 09 03:35 PM
259.

"Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
"Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless."

Ecclesiastes 1:2

Posted by andrei March 2, 09 02:32 AM
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on a long run. it will take years for this to come to pass.excellent idea.you will
not get the support.at the present things are bad all over the world. with the ripple effect.
come down on your prices,now then eventuly make your increases.look like a pardise.
Mr. P.J.Lococo

Posted by philip Lococo March 2, 09 10:51 PM
261.

*** WHAT A 16 YEARS OLD AMERICAN GUY THINKS ***

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA......

Posted by MICHAEL [: March 7, 09 03:01 PM
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very nise pic

Posted by mohamad March 11, 09 08:51 AM
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I was born and lived 20 years in Dubai, yet I have no rights to that country. Residency and citizenship are non existent and if I were to ever go back I would need a visit visa, the same as someone who had never spent a day of his/her life there. The place is quite racist, sexist... At job interviews you need to let them know your marriage status, your nationality, children

I have lived in other places since then and while I know no place is perfect, I just wish to emphasise that being a tourist and actually living in a country are two very different things. Don't let the images fool you. It is far from being a heaven.

Posted by Someone March 11, 09 10:21 PM
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I live in UAE because i am a son of UAE, 100% UAE local, but to be honest, i don't like the lifestyle here, and that way of development in Dubai making us to feel more sad and disappointed than be happy and hope, so if i have a choice to live in Dubai or say London or New York for example definitely i will choose London or New York without thinking, as it was saying, Dubai try to develop fast to try to beat another famous cities in the world but without thinking of the effect side of that, and now we are paying the cost everyday here in UAE.

Posted by Anonymous March 13, 09 06:14 AM
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dubai is a luxurious city 4 to live agood life. i also want to come but i dont have oppourtunity 2 come there.

Posted by danish March 14, 09 06:55 AM
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With the exception of the bible's describtion of Heaven, DUBAI-UAE is next to nothing. I went I saw and I marvelled. If you plan a holiday just pause, is it in the emirates?, if not plan again. Dubai is a must visit. Everything ever built is to perfection, I mean PERFECT finish. DUBAI!, I am in love I shall be there again and again.

Posted by Patrick March 14, 09 06:32 PM
267.

Hey. There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
I am from Tonga and know bad English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: "Wholesale hawaii vacations, discount airfares, airline tickets, and packages."

Thanks for the help 8-), Saree.

Posted by Saree March 22, 09 07:07 AM
268.

Simplesmente fantásticas, essas imagens.

Adoro passear por aqui. Amo fotografias e essas, são para mim, as melhores da internet.

Grande abraço!

Posted by Branca Stuart March 25, 09 10:49 AM
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Very nice site!

Posted by John1477 April 4, 09 02:23 PM
270.

Amazing!!
It is utterly spellbounding =P

Lol the americans are soo jealous =P
Face it Idiots ...U had to decline someday !

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 03:30 PM
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Yes i have read alot of comments paraising and dissing this place. The sheikhs of dubai need to be careful of what type of attractions they are building i.e night clubs, places that are simply haram/forbidden in islam. Such places exist in dubai which brings me to a question Are the decendants of the Prophet (pbuh) totally ignoring what the prophet (pbuh) lived for? Lets not forget that Dubai is next to the coast and the only one to bring disaster is the most high ALLAH.

Posted by Muslim May 11, 09 03:38 PM
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hiya, i am sheraz from pakistan, i am 28 year old,and i am a first year student, i love dubai,i like him,i love u dubai,

Posted by sheraz ali. May 12, 09 05:25 AM
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i love dubai it is so beautiful city may Allah Give More devolp to this ctiy

Posted by zunu May 12, 09 06:46 AM
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"most negativecomments come from westerners"

its not negative its rational. what is the point of all of this skyscraper crap?
what you want to stand on the highest tower on earth? great well done, enjoy, sit on an aeroplane, what is there that you haven't already seen? what is there not enough of on earth that you need more more more, higher higher higher, bigger brighter, shinnier, glossier, golden, diamonds, money gimmie gimmie.
is that what this is? what about all the starving, dying indian workers who are slaving away building this crap so r so that millionares can sit in a room made of glass, o . oooh brilliant, this is the future??

Posted by forgetit May 17, 09 01:03 PM
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very nice,its great country...

Posted by chai June 9, 09 08:25 PM
276.

IT IS A GREAT WORK BEEN PUT TOGETHER BY POEPLE OF HIGH INTELIGENT I CAN FRANKLY SAY YOU HAVE DONE A VERY NICE JOB AND I SAY MORE GREACE TO YHOUR ELBOW

Posted by OJO OLASUNKANMI June 12, 09 05:09 AM
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amazing!!!!!
i wish to be there to see with my own eyes the beautiful of DUBAI CITY ...
love DUBAI...

Posted by aqidz June 17, 09 01:17 AM
278.

really amazing city . best of one in world..

Posted by Anonymous June 20, 09 07:33 AM
279.

It was quite an entertainment reading all these comments about how Dubai sucks and it's all bloody oil money. Wow. It's a bold statement to hear from any Westerner which have a lot of "blood" on their hands for natural resources such as oil, diamonds etc... Talking about the pyramid ? Dude the whole concept of pyramid is inherited from ancient Egypt by Western culture and forged into capitalism with the illusion of democracy and freedom. Slave labour ? Don't even get me started.

Dubai is no worse or better then any developing city, and no one can blame them for trying to convert a limited resource such as oil to other assets. Because they know that if it wasn't for oil, Dubai and other emirates would be nothing more then a pile of sand. And at least their leaders are doing something good for their country.

Some guys talking about how artificial everything is, I assume they're not aware of the fact that Dubai's soil can not nourish a large variety of plants or trees. So yes it has to be artificial, to satisfy your western eyes mister. You have concerns about environment ? Get your country to sign Kyoto protocol first, then you have the right to speculate.

I only wish that the whole city was designed by a mastermind architect following a certain template, so 100 years from now Dubai would be one of those old cities that has a character and soul. It looks more like a simulation of Western style living now. They definitely had the change, and they sort of blew it

Posted by Zobu July 23, 09 04:55 AM
280.

realt amazing pintuers in dubai

Posted by salih August 24, 09 06:06 AM
281.

Dubai, The Thousand And One Nights of the XXI century............an offspring of undeserved inmoral richness, a madman´s determination...........magnificent buildings dedicated to the recreation of bored fatuous millionaires from all over this decadent world.

Posted by Arcabooz August 27, 09 10:49 AM
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really nice.....

Posted by Niaz September 16, 09 03:41 AM
283.

Olá boa tarde! Realmente as fotos são magnificas sem palavras para este empreendimento nunca pensei que os Árabes fossem capz de fazr uma coisa com essa magnitude. Parabéns.

Posted by André Machado September 18, 09 03:44 PM
284.

what would happen if there was a major earthquake or sunami? Don't know if it's a possibility there could be a sunami

Posted by Dolores November 1, 09 12:49 PM
285.

Belíssimas fotos, demonstram a sensibilidade do fotógrafo. Parabéns!

Posted by Rocélia November 1, 09 09:53 PM
286.

the place is splendid..but are the people?

Posted by 22yearOld Female November 9, 09 06:16 AM
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i live in dubai free please send me free visa to participate in soccer camp

Posted by Zahidwali November 24, 09 01:32 PM
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It is not a sustainable way to be a 'developed country' with only constructing huge huge huge enormous buildings. Being a city means to have a 'spirit'. Like Paris, Ýstanbul,Beirut have. When I look to Dubai I only see tons of cements, no city life, no culture NOTHÝNG.. It would be the greatest bubble of the world.

Posted by ugur yaldýz November 27, 09 08:01 AM
289.

Problem, Dubai?

Posted by Cool Face November 27, 09 04:16 PM
290.

I've visited Dubai several times in 2001 as a sailor pulling in for some R&R, and was amazed then...I'm amazed at the pictures I see now....but, the governing body there had to of known that I was a city that was moving too fast! I do hope that they will recover; at a much slower pace, and without being the 1st domino to fall in regards to their sovereign debt.

Good Luck Dubai!

[Gordon Brown will forever more be known as ‘The Great Cornholio”. Max Keiser on Dubai: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSWSwhn-AWc. Excellent quote 1.40 in:

“I got to hand it to Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling over at the UK they engineered the ownership of Royal Bank of Scotland to be transferred from the private sector to the people of Britain who now own billions of dollars of debt at Dubai Ports. The people in the UK are now the proud owners of a defunct real estate deal in the mid east and they should be used to that by now. All of the real estate in the UK is going belly up so now they can add some middle eastern distressed property to their portfolio. Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling have got to be the Beavis and Butthead of the global finance markets, they are truly remarkable in their ability to pick losers.”]

Posted by RC @ 93036, USA November 27, 09 05:45 PM
291.

Must have been fun as long as it lasted.

Posted by Tim November 27, 09 06:50 PM
292.

super

Posted by greg December 13, 09 09:57 AM
293.

IT SEEMS LIKE HUGE MONEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

ONE THING IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND:
WHY PEOPLE FROM THIS COUNTRY ASK FOR MONEY FROM USA TO PUT CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
DON'T THEY CAN USE THEIR OWN MONEY TO BUILD SCHOOL AROUND THE WORLD

Posted by PATRISIA SWISS December 13, 09 11:02 PM
294.

foda -se esse lugar o planeta agradece

Posted by bucetinha feliz December 17, 09 07:55 PM
295.

mas,allah bruj kalifah

Posted by yeakut January 5, 10 04:53 AM
296.

Mashalla Mashalla veary nice nice place
mashallal

Posted by Anonymous January 14, 10 07:17 PM
297.

very fine

Posted by rokancmb February 20, 10 05:54 AM
298.

It is more impressive to feed and educate your poor than to indulge in the obscenity of luxuries. You cannot take your wealth into Heaven. And nothing is more beautiful than freedom in a city of people.

Posted by RighteousBrother February 28, 10 12:33 PM
299.

Dubai isn’t just another city of oil and gas, Dubai and the ruling family had a vision and the will to make it what it is today, the beacon of tourism in the world. Dubai Will have 15 million tourists by 2013, 115 hotels will be added within the next 5 years check the new hotels at www.dubaishortstay.com/hotel/

Posted by hassan Dubai May 18, 10 06:51 AM
300.

These are beautiful pictures of a beautiful classic city in the middle east which was allways at the top of the list for beauty.
extremely smart and educated workers knew what they were doing before they started the work to build anything at all. I am proud of them.
I will add these pictures to all the other ones I saved of dubai from Google earth, that georgeous tower is the best from all over the world wow!!! this type of beauty will be enough to make the rich and the poor feel good. keep building and sending these pics,I am waiting for them.
to all dubai residents salam Alekium. Wa Ramatuh Allah Wa Barakatuh

Posted by BHAKIA May 25, 10 02:27 AM
301.

wow my dream is to be there only for a few seconds i will be happy

Posted by superb ace June 8, 10 12:56 PM
302.

Excellent collection of pictures !!

Posted by Prasanth Iranikulam September 23, 10 03:48 AM
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ahhah these where nice pictures ever i seen but these are signs of the DOOM day which The Massenger of ALLAH SWT have mantioned around 1400 years ago - the sign is the tallest buildings

PEACE MSG

Posted by AHMAD October 12, 10 12:50 AM
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must see it one day with my wife.

Posted by sardy November 4, 10 09:17 PM
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it very nice pic. please send me other pic.in my email. account .
thanks
Regard
Muhammad Imran

Posted by Muhammad Imran November 15, 10 08:11 AM
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In response to Jay La Trobe:
Dubai doesn't have oil, that is why is it concentrating in Business and Tourism. Abu Dhabi on the other hand do and if you are interested in eco-city check out Masdar.
Too bad they was no pictures about Abu Dhabi

Posted by Anonymous December 25, 10 12:22 AM
307.

very so nice pic

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