The first thing that strikes you as you fly into Dubai is the sand. Sand as far as the eye can see. The desert that surrounds this shiny city is vast, beautiful and persistently encroaching into the city with every opportunity it gets. One gets the feeling that given the chance, mother nature could reclaim Dubai on a whim if it wasn’t for the determination and vision of the people that have literally created an oasis in the desert.
Here is a fascinating video from NASA showing Dubai’s rapid growth in only 11 years.
But the most remarkable thing that struck me about the built environment in Dubai was not the shiny buildings (although they are very beautiful), it was all the water in the public spaces.
Dubai has no natural water supply that can sustain this city, and although it sits on the Arabian Gulf, it truly is a case of “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”.