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.

Actually, don't count on the development stopping anytime soon

Actually, don't count on the development stopping anytime soon

The Dubai skyline in the distance

The Dubai skyline in the distance

Construction of a new residential neighborhood

Construction of a new residential neighborhood

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.