This picture represents both my respect and doubt about
Dubai. I admire the
economic strategies of the Emirs with their visionary leadership. Lack of
natural wonders and resources (oil counts for only 5% of GDP), lack of
historical asset (Dubai was found in 1833 by a small tribe emigrated from
Saudi), the leaders of Dubai have decided to create man-made wonders to turn
this tiny Emirate in the middle of dessert into a global tourist and business hub.
However, it is tempting to say that
And at the same time,
In the picture: The tallest man-made structure in the world, Burj Khalifa (829.84 m) and the people who constructed it: workers from developing countries who are reported to be badly mistreated by extremely poor working/living condition. They are said to have their passports confiscated by the employers and have to work 50 hours/week without days off for months on end, which sometimes result in death.