28 February, 2006

a letter from America.....

Received this post on my blog page at http://dangerdxb.blogspot.com/ If anyone wants to get involved in this please feel free to respond as detailed below.

Be sure to click on the link, good reading from The Guardian a UK newspaper recent article on this fair city of ours....

"I'm writing from Open Source, an American public radio show based in Boston and distributed around the country (and the world) on Public Radio International. We're doing a show about Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates more generally, this coming Wednesday. We're hoping to move past the port security issue and talk about the larger issues of Arab development, globalization and seismic shifts in global capital, and new notions of a shining city on the hill. You can read about the show here:

http://www.radioopensource.org/dubai/

I'd love to talk with you when you get a chance. You can reach me at: david (at) radioopensource (dot org).

Best regards,
David Miller
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Senior Producer, Open Source
www.radioopensource.org
617.497.8096 "

The following article is from the website mentioned.

http://www.radioopensource.org/dubai/

"Dubai?

If CongressÂ’ reaction to the ports mess is any indication, weÂ’ve been blind-sided by Dubai. But while Congress tears their hair out over national security and xenophobia, the real story takes place on their shores, not ours.

Dubai is the fastest growing city on the planet. ItÂ’s not vast oil reserves that allows Dubai to bust out all over. Compared to brother-emirate Abu Dhabi, the oil reserves are actually running pretty low. The source is tourism and investment money that used to come to us.

Not finding the U.S. or our economy particularly inviting since the war on terror, many Arab investors have turned to Dubai, and the proof is in the skyline. The riviera is a cluster of cranes and scaffolding, punctuated by skyscrapers that cut impossible streaks into the sky. An indoor ski slope. An underwater hotel. The tallest building in the world, shaped like a giant lighting rod. No more room on the beachfront? No problem. They simply manufacture more.

The Guardian’s Adam Nicolson says Dubai is “Not the modern centre of the Arab world but, more than that, the Arab centre of the modern world.”

Is Dubai the next London, the next New York? Is this the face of the empire that will succeed us?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dubai is shit!

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