Dubai on Empty

An article on the curious culture of Dubai, a city built on the excesses of fortune, a mish-mash of imported symbols of so-called success, but now rots from it’s lack of an identity. Essentially, a large-scale demonstration of some facets of consumerism in our culture, when people try to buy ‘brands’ to supplement their own self-worth. 

“This pylon erected with the Viagra of credit is now a big, naked exclamation of Dubai’s fiscal embarrassment. It was going to be called Burj Dubai, but as Dubai was unable to make their payments, they were forced to go to their Gulf neighbor, head towel in hand, to get a loan. So now it’s called Burj Khalifa, after Abu Dhabi’s ruler, who coughed up $10 billion to its over-extended neighbor … Dubai has been built very fast. The plan was money. The architect was money. The designer was money and the builder was money. And if you ever wondered what money would look like if it were left to its own devices, it’s Dubai.”

Dubai on Empty

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