He resolved to build a city that would be a center of tourism and financial services, hoovering up cash and talent from across the globe. Until a few years ago they were delivered back and forth on cattle trucks, but the expats complained this was unsightly, so now they are shunted on small metal buses that function like microwaves in the desert heat.
He invited the world to come tax-free - and they came in their millions, swamping the local population, who now make up just five percent of Dubai. III Hidden in plain view There are three very different Dubais, all swirling around each other. You see them sweating like sponges being slowly wrung out.
The wide, beneficent face of Sheikh Mohammed - the absolute ruler of Dubai - smiles down on his creation.
His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald Mc Donald and Colonel Saunders.
This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery.
Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neoliberal globalized world that may be crashing - at last - into the sands. Every time she starts to tell her story, she puts her head down and crumples.
And there he stands on the tallest building in the world - a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects.It was a place where they would be given great accommodation and food, and treated well.If you have any outstanding debts that aren't covered by your savings, then all your accounts are frozen, and you are forbidden to leave the country. Daniel was arrested and taken away on the day of their eviction. "He told me he was put in a cell with another debtor, a Sri Lankan guy who was only 27, who said he couldn't face the shame of his family. In the mid-eighteenth century, a small village was built here, in the lower Persian Gulf, where people would dive for pearls off the coast.Daniel woke up and the boy had swallowed razor-blades. It soon began to accumulate a cosmopolitan population washing up from Persia, the Indian subcontinent, and other Arab countries, all hoping to make their fortune.Karen came here from Canada when her boyfriend was offered a job in the senior division of a famous multinational.