In a world that is judged by bill boards and ad campaigns, Dubai stand as an example of what people think they know and what is real. See, the Dubai I am seeing is not about extremely wealthy people or prices that are absolutely over the moon. I am seeing what Paul Harvey would have called "The Rest of the Story". Only 1 in 5 people are Emirates citizens and rest are worker bees going about their lives much as they do everywhere else in the world.
|My bicycle image for the day!|
|Clothes hung to dry on apartment clothes lines.|
|This is the image we carry in our mind.|
|This is the rest of the story.|
My son lives in Academic City out near the airport. When you look at maps you can still see his subdivision and the small shopping mall that is nearby. Giant apartment building are being built and I am sure will fill but the heart of this area has yet to be developed. Other cities are much the same, set far part on connected by beautiful highways. Each of the developments has it's own shopping and is designed it appears to attract like minded people. I am not sure how that works but the names of the cities tells a story all it's own.
As for the excesses of the Emirates, I will have to say that shopping here is much the same as it is in America. It just depends on where you shop...there is no Walmart...but people have to eat and if the nation wants for people to work they have to provide for their basic needs. It all seems to work out.
|View from out restaurant by the lakes at the base of Burj Khalifa.|
The feeling that I am in Las Vegas has not gone away yet. But I am getting closer.