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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Build It And They Will Come....Then Leave, and Come Back Again

Dug this out of the archives (aka my cloud) recently and marvelled for the umpteenth time the amazing skyscrapers that had materialized in just a little over a decade on Sheikh Zayed Road. Sometimes it's still hard to imagine that this was my home for four tumultuous yet strangely enough, comfortable years. This photo was taken sometime in 2006 when The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (bottom right corner) was literally a hole in the ground. Time flew quickly, like the tens of thousands of expats who made their fortune in this desert mirage and fled just as quickly when the downturn hit hard. Now, as economic cyclical timelines are wont to do, things are looking up in the U.A.E. and the transient population figures are on the rise yet again. For the sake of my friends still residing in that corner of the world, I hope this current upswing and the good times it brings will last much longer before the next inevitable fall.

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