And On The 8th Day, God Built Dubai
True, he sure let a of time pass between that 7th day, and he had a lot of help from imported labor, contractors and a great geographical location, but when God decided to show fearless ambition in the Middle East, it resulted in Dubai. At least that was my reaction when I arrived at the airport last night and was driven along the Sheik Zayed road towards where I am staying while I am in Dubai. Although I was more excited to see great friends who I had not seen in almost 14 years, I was still smitten with the obnoxious, bombastic and stellar Dubai skyline. What not too long ago was mostly sand dunes is now a built environment that makes Las Vegas look like Battle Mountain and reduces New York to Vegas’ New York, New York. Despite Dubai’s recent debt crisis, the construction projects are still occurring, as you can see in some of the pictures I took this morning while I went for a run in this new development in which I am staying. Dubai and the United Arab Emirates ooze wealth, audacity, ambition and confronting the impossible. Stay tuned for more observations of a fascinating place. The visits to the coast, business centers and of course, malls cannot come soon enough.