02 February, 2008

The Consequences of Fame

"Architecture follows money.......but is it only the architecture?
Over the last 40 years Dubai has transformed from a quiet trading town to a thriving international metropolis. The relative speed with which the emirate has reinvented itself is a testament to its liberal business and neutral political philosophies. Expatriate workers make up an estimated 90% of the population as the figure is expected to reach 5m, lowering the amount of UAE nationals to 1% by 2020.
During the last few years the relations between the UAE and the West, in particular the USA are growing, based on strong and deep historic background as the US was one of the first countries that recognised the UAE federation when launched in 1971 and UAE is a major trade partner to US in the Middle East.

The influence of Western civilization is felt on all aspects of life........"

5 comments:

DUBAI JAZZ said...

Talking of architecture: there are really very few innovative ideas out there. Most of the designers are retrained by the client's demand of square footage and ROI. Hence, there are few iconic projects (or let's say inventive projects, from an academic point of view) compared to the amount of money spent on various developments.

Lirun said...

dont u think that expatriots (including a 50% indian sub-minimal wage workforce) is a bit incomplete?

with all due respect im wondering how this post would read from a locally residing sub-contintental construction worker's perspective..

Editor said...

Many thanks for your responses.
I meant the article to focus on some class-action lawsuits from the last 6 months:

http://www.dubaichronicle.com/2008/02/price-of-fame.html

Editor said...
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Editor said...

Many thanks for your responses.
I meant the article to focus on some class-action lawsuits from the last 6 months:

http://www.dubaichronicle.com/2008/02/price-of-fame.html

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