A walk through Dubai’s supercity of futuristic skyscrapers made me uneasy for any city that mimics its rapid development
Most of the workers come of their own accord, out of a serious need to make money because their home countries are impoverished. That makes it all the more tragic that the existing system seems set up to exploit them.
It’s hard to argue that the Emiratis didn’t do what was best for them. Dubai has become the third-most visited city in the world and weaned itself off oil revenue almost entirely — no small feat. But as I walked from one massive luxury shopping complex to the next, I wondered whether Dubai is living on borrowed time.
Dubai and its wealthy developers seem not to think so. With the world’s tallest tower already built, Dubai’s big-name developers’ next move is to build an even bigger one. The Dubai Creek Tower is set to outscale the Burj Khalifa, and the mall below it is designed to dwarf the Dubai Mall to become the biggest in the world. It all feels like a kid playing “SimCity” with unlimited money — a game that gets old quick.
Source: Time Out Dubai