Monday, October 17, 2005

Dubai

From Ian Parker's article about architecture in Dubai from the October 17th New Yorker:
The Dubai economy sometimes appears to be built on a northern-European reluctance to believe, when booking a holiday, that there could be such a thing as too much heat.
Of course, the economy is actually built on oil. And attempts to diversify from that oil (like 650,000 British tourists last year), are mere smokescreens; though you never know what happens over time.

It is one of those oddities of development that the Middle East would be dirt poor except for oil; and there has been a sufficient amount of money, and sufficiently centralized power, that some of the money has been usefully spent, somewhat avoiding the natural resources curse through sheer excesses of wealth.

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