Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Do Buy!

On my way down to Africa, I wanted to get a feel for some part of the middle east where I wouldn’t be taken hostage or be the target of a suicide bomber or sniper. I thought Dubai would be interesting and I spent part of the day there between flights.

It’s part of the country known as the United Arab Emirates. I know; it confused me too as to what that was and where it was. It’s over by Oman. See, that helps, huh?

Dubai is the fastest growing place in the world.

I don’t know if that is an actual fact, but it would seem that way. They actually have 20% of the world’s cranes there. It’s like every building there is partially complete and has a crane sitting on top of it. Perhaps they should just leave them and change their name to Frazier Crane!

The pronunciation is “Do Buy”. That is very appropriate. That’s what they want you to do. It seems that everyone is too. Why? Because there are no taxes there! Many companies are setting up their headquarters there as a tax shelter.

Personally, I can’t see what all the fuss is about. This is basically a scorching desert of rock, sand, and ocean. At first I thought it might be ideal because the temperatures were a nice 70 degrees. Then I found out that was Celsius!

Ok, when I was there is was only 115 degrees Fahrenheit. But that was only late morning too. Imagine what 4pm summertime is like!

Oh, and to add to that benefit, the traffic rivaled that of some of the worst I’ve been in. Yeah, Sao Paulo and Mexico City were worse but they both have over 10 million people too. I’d glanced at a Middle East newspaper that was in English and it had mentioned that already it has the worst traffic in the Middle East having just surpassed Cairo. Considering the rate that they are building, imagine what that will be like in 5 or 10 years?

So what do you get when you combine stifling hot weather and a lot of industry and cars? Unbelievable smog! I could barely get any pictures to come out through it.

I found it hard to find a building that was completed there. Ok, they do have the famous Burj Al-Arab building but that is so exclusive that they charge you a stiff fee just to go into it to look around. No thanks. I did take some pictures from the blistering beach next to it though.

I think I'll start selling swampland in Florida. I mean, if they can sell blistering hot desert land in Dubai, why not!


Kurt said...

It looks pretty in the pictures.

Camille Alexa said...

...only 115 degrees Fahrenheit...

Sounds like Texas to me.

Nessa said...

That would not be the place for me. I don't like heat. I don't like traffic. And I don't like people. I think I'll stay home. (Like anyone there will care.)

Ed said...

kurt - They always do

camille - Texas has more vegetation than Dubai...scary, huh?

goldennib - traffic, heat, or people....Antartica?

Nessa said...