Plastic Fantastic

Dubai is always a constant in front-page news, and even more so in these tough financial times.

Here’s one of the wittiest articles I’ve read on Dubai, financial crisis or not. 


“Short of opening a Radio Shack in an Amish town, Dubai is the world’s worst business idea, and there isn’t even any oil. Imagine proposing to build Vegas in a place where sex and drugs and rock and roll are an anathema. This is effectively the proposition that created Dubai – it was a stupid idea before the crash, and now it is dangerous.

The opening shot of this clip shows 200 skyscrapers that were built in the last 5 years. It looks like Manhattan except that it isn’t the place that made Mingus or Van Allen or Kerouac or Wolf or Warhol or Reed or Bernstein or any one of the 1001 other cultural icons from Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas that form the core spirit of what is needed, in the absence of extreme toleration of vice, to infuse such edifices with purpose and create a self-sustaining culture that will prevent them crumbling into the empty desert that surrounds them.






2 Comments »

  1. Dave

    February 17, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    “It will spread like the sighting of a floating turd in a public pool, flushing people to the exits with silent panic, unacknowledged for fear of embarrassment.” Great line from the article.

  2. Noura

    February 19, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    Great article, thank you for the link!

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