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Why Dubai restless?
hi innovative ppl,

quite lately been busy with work and landed up here in DUBAI
( the mecca of architecture), so rightly to be called as one. ur
really taken aback with the boom and speed of construction.it says
that almost 1/3 of worlds construction cranes are in dubai now.wowwww
dts a large number. so u can understnd the perspective of
construction.
I just don't understand how Dubai can be so on fire in terms
of development.

I see threads like :
"Dubai to build world's biggest airport"
"Dubai building exact replicas of world's 20 tallest buildings"
"Dubai building 20 of the world's biggest amusement parks"
"Construction begins of World's Biggest Mega Mall in Dubai"
"Worlds Biggest Man Made Island to be developed in Dubai".
"850 buildings contained city to be buillt in Dubai"

How in the hell can one city attract so much development? It doesn't
make sense. Dubai isn't that prosperous. Only 6% of the country's GDP
comes from Oil.

It's like in Dubai, if you can dream it, you can build it - and it
will be built. World's biggest skyscrapers, amusement parks, stadiums,
olympic parks, indoor ski hills, anything and everything you can
possibly imagine, Dubai has it.

How is it possible. Why is it that no other country (except China) can
do what Dubai does? - yet I don't see any Canadian or American or
European cities (the so called 1st world countries) doing what Dubai
is. Infact I don't see ANY other city in the world doing what Dubai is
in terms of development.

It's like the rest of the world is stagnant and stale, perhaps
building 1, 2 or 10 buildings at a time, while Dubai is building mega
cities and developments.

How is this possible ???


i hope this article may have developed a reason to debate and discuss
and think ; as in
why only dubai is booming...?
why so large construction boom...?
why the sheikh's so restless...?
why acres n acres of development....?
why the conquest to develop the world in dubai...?
why there is a conquest to rule the world...?

regards...
ar.girish p.
Girish Pillai
Responses
 
Why Dubai restless?
sounds like `megalomaniac' syndrome.

The same situation happened to detroit when everything is built to the extreme end. Sustainability from a micro scale will have to be thought of before building in mass scale.
Maya Sanskrit
Why Dubai restless?
well put..megalomaniac syndrome.it is a kinda virus dt spreads...the virus of unplanned,haphazard and uneconomical boom in construction.
as in detroit,paris,london,mumbai,shanghai...in a few years time dubai is also sure to face decentralisation of mass,class and governence.they doing the same mistake.
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
i don't know whether you've visited dubai resently, but when you visit the big, prestigous, luxury residential complexes, it comes as a shock that there are VERY few people actually living in them!
dubai is a city of absolute tourism, and is lucky to get a lot of attention. under 20 percent of the population are citizens or as arabs say "wataniyun".
the rest who are the real investors and also work body of dubai and the UAE in general, are Iranians, indians, pakistanis, malaysians and most noticable westerners.

unoffical census states that Rich iranians have invested over 20 billion dollars in real estate since 2000 JUST IN DUBAI.

a large number of dubai-based intl. firms are run by well-known british CEO's.
there are equal numbers of pakistani workers in UAE, as the total population of UAE citizens.
StARCHITECTS like Gehry, Ando, Hadid and Nouvel are working on projects in the UAE like the saadiyat island, as seen in the picture.

the louvre museum is opening a permanent branch in Dubai!

although, the real-estate market in dubal is VERY fragile, and can crush down at anytime just as their stock market did after a corruption report last year.

all this said, bottom line is:
DUBAI HAS FOUND A RARE OPPORTUNITY IN IT'S HISTORY TO EVOLVE AND DEVELOP, AND IT'S USING IT BY ALL MEANS.

Sina
Sina Esteky
Why Dubai restless?
Forgive me for overlooking this if someone has mentioned it already, but you really want to know how Dubai can do all this. It's called Slave Labour. Thousand upon thousands of poor from the indian subcontinent pour into the city and are treated like the dust that they sleep on as soon as they arrive.

The result is much lower construction costs than anywhere else in the western world. That Oasis is a perfect guilt-free arena for global companies to compete head on with the chinese challenge.
Anees Uddin
Why Dubai restless?
Doha, in Qatar, is also following straight in the same footsetps of Dubai.
Sara Sharaf
Why Dubai restless?
Hello... I'm also wondering, what is it that makes the Dubai business environment so unique that enables the pace and scale of development. Can somebody enlighten me as to what sort of 'MARKET FORCES' are at work here to make it hardly seem so close a coincidence that those having the money would have independently come up with the thought of pouring their resources in Dubai... somewhat altogether, that is.
Jofer Magsi
Why Dubai restless?
what drives the pace of development of dubai as a city , what are the central planning agencies like , why are they running so fast in their efforts to develop? can someone tell me that
Vinit Nikumbh
Why Dubai restless?
does monarchy help in development of a nation...in dubai's context its looking successful...so far..really good.but under wht prise........?
1.hard reckless labours.
2.low wages=poor living conditions.
3.decentralisation
4.high land value
5.cost of living goin up day by day
6.competition
7.pour of population-good or bad?
8.unplanned urbanisation
9.destruction of ecology.
10.cultural erosion
etc..etc..
but all said n done ..end of the day its a visionry growth...a well planned masterplan.these arabs knew their limitations...in terms of their resources...d oil...they have overcome it by creating it first into a trade destination...then a tourist and entertainment destination....then a media city...then a sports city...then a health care city...knowledge city...and wht more...
its clearly says and shows how adaptfully and witfully they have overcome their shortcomings...
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
It all sounds like Dubai is somewhat similar to Las Vegas, Nevada,...slot machines aside.

Paradigm of excess.
Maria Ayub
Why Dubai restless?
I am inclined to agree that the monarchial system played a vital role as far as providing singularity of vision and course of action, as well as creating a conducive environment for business. I suppose that a decentralized one would have probably taken a longer period to initiate action and, of course, the more daunting task of sustaining it. Nevertheless, I'm open to other views.

Now, to that which seem to be as an "excess", could it not be that on economies of scale, it would be 'wiser' in the long run to go for massive developments? And that makes me wonder: where does Dubai intend to go from here?
Jofer Magsi
Why Dubai restless?
Wow! I am surprised to hear that Detroit is attracting residents to live in downtown area. That is sign of Detroit is slowly recovering from the depression.

I think City of Detroit should learn the lessons from the city, Seattle. Little over a decade ago, downtown Seattle was almost dead. Nothing to do there... Very few residents... Fewer stores... Just bunch of office towers (filled tenants) One of these mayors (I am not sure which one) took the office and wanted to turn downtown Seattle into 24/7 center. He encouraged developers to built high density shopping malls (Westlake Center, Pacific Place, and City Center) and Nordstroms Flagship move in the abandoned department store. Also he encouraged developers to redevelop Belltown (once known as one of most dangerous area of downtown Seattle area) into yuppie neighborhood and one of most safest downtown neighborhoods across the nation. It included dozens of new apartment/condo/loft towers. Few years later, downtown Seattle became very vibrant and one of busiest shopping districts. Also it is becoming very crowded in downtown Seattle area. Soon it will get much better once new light rail and streetcars open to the public. Detroit can learn it from Seattle's successions. I hope Detroit will get much better within few years from now.
Dubai on the other hand is building up downtown dubai & jebel ali...to increase the mass participation which in hand increases globalisation+economy+high standard of living and a vibrant city.
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
yeah ur right maria,
dubai in lines of las vegas...but you will be surprised after watching this link....

http://www.falconcity.com

its building the entire world's greatest wonders in Dubai-Falcon City. crazy idea...!!!
1.dubai eiffel tower
2.dubai great pyramids
3.the tower of pisa
4.dubai taj mahal
5.dubai hanging gardens of babylon
6.town of venice
7.dubai light house
8.dubai great wall of china
9.theme parks
.....etc...
sounds absurd..but true....a major tourist attraction...
but original can not be compared or substituted with some thing artifical..(in lines of las vegas)
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
HI EVERY ONE,THERE IS ALWAYS A DRIVE FORCE BEHIND EVERY RACE TO THE TOP,THE FOUNDERS OF DUBAI HAVE A DIFFERENT MENTALITY THAN ANY ARAB COUNTRY IN THE GULF.THEY MANAGED FIRST OF ALL TO MAKE A CONFEDRATION OF STATES , THE SAME WAS DID BY TH U.S.A,AND THEY DID IT,EVERY STATE(EIMARAH)HAS A DIFFERENT RULING FAMILY,AND THE PRESIDENT IS BY ELECTION,FOR THOSE HOW LIVE IN THE GULF AND NOW THE PEOPLE THERE YOU WILL NOW THAT IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BE DONE ,REFER TO THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AREA.THE OTHE THING THAT DRIVES AL THIS IS FEARE AND LOVE,FEARE OF WHAT TO COME THESE PEOPLE BEGAN POOR AND THEY ARE AFRAID TO BE POOR AGAIN AND THE NOW FOR A FACT THAT THE OIL DICOVERED HAS A GREAT ROLE IN WHAT THEY ARE NOW,AND THEY ALSO NOW THAT IT WOULDNT LAST FOR MORE THAN 100 EXTRA YARES,SO INSTEAD OF KILLING AND FITING FOR OIL,THEY ARE DETERMIND TO DRY IT UP THEM SELVES BUT USING THE INCOM IN CREATING NEW WAYS OF GETTING MONEY,TOURISM,CULTIVATION,EXPORTING,INVESTING IN OTHER COUNTRIES, THEY NEED A SAFETY NET,THEY NEED TO SURVIVE THE NEXT CENTURY.AND THEY USED THEIR LUCK OTHE OIL COUNTRIES ARE STILL SLEEPING AND SOME ARE UNDER ATTACK OTHERS ARE JUST PUPPITS.THEY ARE FARSIGHTED AND THEY WILL SURVIVE.THEY HAVE PROPLEMS OF COURSE BUT THEY WILL MANAGE TO SOLVE THEM.
Tarek Al Sebaiy
Why Dubai restless?
hey hi tarek,
thnks for that brief on d evolution of dubai...impossible to convert a desert into an oasis this big ..but made it possible...and they have acted smart by opening up for foreign investors and companies and establishing free hold properties,where foreign money is pouring in...dt was a wise n bold decision to be taken in a gulf islam country.
bold decisions cum frm brave minds.....!!!
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
Dubai seems to be a perfect arranged marriage, with a motive, between the west and the east.
Seduce foreign money in from the developed countries(relaxed laws for them) and exploit cheap labour from the Indian Sub-continent.
In addition it has the all important geographic location to its advantage.
Also,
If one studies the demographics of the area it shows that more then 75% of the population is from the Indian Subcontinent and mostly men, without families.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Demographics

It shows how Human Resource which could not be tapped by a corrupt and inefficient Government(India, pakistan, Bangladesh, srilanka)is being used by the UAE.
Zoheb Kherada
Why Dubai restless?
Also,
Other developed countries are acting sensibly by not developing as fast as dubai. It will put a great pressure on their ecology.
Whereas since Dubai is a desert it has nothing to lose in this contruction frenzy.
Zoheb Kherada
Why Dubai restless?
yhea...zoheb...
seems that you have done your reserch right...its true that who has the wisdom and a vision can make also a desert into a paradise...thats what is dubai in a nutshell...tapping all possible manpower and brains from the indian sub-continent and pouring money and relaxing laws...which magnets masses...and so far very successfull...its a good learning exp. to all...
cheers
Girish Pillai
Why Dubai restless?
Dubai Dubai,
Terms cash,
you can say dealing anywhere,
Dubai Rate because thats full price,
ayy nice
keep on spending
look at the spectacular rise!


Islamic Archtecture..Pic created fully by Sher Saddozai.on MS Paint.
Sher Saddozai
Why Dubai restless?
Pardon my ignorance if I am mistaken, but I have heard that though the city itself has grown rapidly, the water storage infrastructure has remained somewhat forgotten in the background. If there was to be any major problem with the water delivery system, there would only be 3 days of fresh water available? I see Dubai as an interesting urban experiment, but as someone else mentioned, the permanent resident to transient one is a bit at odds. Might help to re-inforce its idea of a trading capital..Though I can't say I see any point in recreating wonders when they are already building their own!!

As a norwegian, I find it interesting to see the different approaches 2 oil rich nations/states take. In Dubai, it is being invested in buildings and making a place for the future, in Norway, the money has also been invested but at a much slower pace and most of it is being used to build up a social welfare system. Perhaps this is due to the monarchy vs the decntralized arguement put forth earlier?
Knut Nord
Why Dubai restless?
I THINK that the goal here is for Dubai to achieve a degree of 'saturation' whereby a lot of people would have come to make the place as a center of their respective activities, and this sustained for a long period of time that Dubai now becomes a sort-of indispensable part of their routine. It's like Microsoft and the personal computer: theirs was to get the market so accustomed to their products that the thought of changing to a new style or manner can be unappealing. People then stick with their pc's for longer periods. They would rather welcome the idea of 'upgrading' than a radical change of doing things. So, Dubai is constantly upgrading and that is why it is restless. It just needs to be.
Benito Castiglione
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