When the United Arab Emirates was peaceably born in 1971, who would have believed that in the space of just over thirty years its flagship city would rival any of the great metropolises of the world? Indeed, it has come to pass: without sacrificing its history or succumbing to short sighted temptation, Dubai has risen as a model of diversity, development and progress. Driven by a might economic engine, the city has reinvested in itself to construct a cosmopolitan centre of striking aesthetic sensibility that delights locals, expatriates and visitors alike. The winning formula includes cultural preservation, savvy business sense, innovative architecture, copious leisure activities and endless opportunities.
Photographers: Pamela Grist, Carole Harris, Marijcke Jongbloed, David Jupp, Pete Maloney, Oz Newcombe, Paul Thuysbaert, Victor Romero
Author: Dr Christopher Brown