‘The Dark Side of Dubai’ revealed despite all the good impression to the city known as the Shangri-La of Middle East

One of my Facebook friend read this article and I get to know about it from my Facebook home page. The title looks appealing to me, and so I clicked on it to read the article. Wow…it is a long article, but I did manage to read everything from top to bottom as what is written caught my attention. The way of writing is simple yet containing some humor-filled statements that further made the writings much conveying and engaging.

You see…once Dubai is mentioned, you would certainly know that it is a wealthy city filled with mega developments, home to the world tallest building and is a rapidly-booming city which acquires world attention in less then three decades. But if you look deeper to the city’s current condition, the dark side is revealed! Well, Dubai now is already firmly attached to the image of global icon in tourism, groundbreaking construction and skyscrapers. But this article which is proven true would shows that Dubai is also the city of debt, abandonment and immigrants. Here below is a portion of the content from the article.

The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.

But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed’s smile. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the skyline, as if stuck in time. There are countless buildings half-finished, seemingly abandoned. In the swankiest new constructions – like the vast Atlantis hotel, a giant pink castle built in 1,000 days for $1.5bn on its own artificial island – where rainwater is leaking from the ceilings and the tiles are falling off the roof. This Neverland was built on the Never-Never – and now the cracks are beginning to show. Suddenly it looks less like Manhattan in the sun than Iceland in the desert.

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.

To continue reading which things would get further interesting ahead from the article, go to the source: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html)


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