Good morning Dubai!
I have been told that my blog is slightly angry. I have also been told that I should add some photos. So, even though I was going to write about how I think that Dubai is a 3rd world country masking as a cosmopolitan business mecca, I will first do the photos. The 3rd world post will come some day soon.
I took these photos from my airplane. Don’t question why my phone was on. It wasn’t. Sort of. The body of water that you see below is a man made lake.
As you can see, this is the desert. And then, every now and then, there are some buildings. When you come up close and personal to the city it looks like its all buildings. But, when you come even closer and are actually on the ground, you realize that between every building there continues to be sand. Because Dubai, like the smart city that it is, forgot to build sidewalks.
Not kidding. See these photos that I took from my metro ride. On my way to work I go through a no-man’s land of factories before ending up at the financial center. These factories are also surrounded by desert. Let me put it this way. There is the old part of dubai, then there is the financial center, there is the area where the locals live and the areas where the media companies live and the expats reside. Between the financial center/local residences and the media/expat areas there are factories with sand. This is, in some ways, “mid-town”…only don’t even dare wear your nice shoes. They will get sand in them.