Dubai is turning itself into the world's largest resort town. a recent post on one of my favorite blogs reminded me of this. and i just can't understand it.
they'll have the world's tallest buildings, most man-made islands, largest theme park, biggest sports stadiums, largest indoor skiing area, busiest airport, and who know what other ridiculous things. so, is it like Disney World or Las Vegas (build it and they will come)?
i can't see that it is for some pretty good reasons:
1) it is in the UAE, a thoroughly Muslim country with a creepy name "United Arab Emirates". what are emirates and why should i trust them? it seems to me most people in the world with money to go to theme parks are at least a little bit wary of Muslim countries with creepy names and unknown politics.
2) they have no mickey mouse equivalent or sexy image. Disney uses cartoons to brainwash kids into nagging their parents into taking them to Disney World. Las Vegas has built an image of decadence and moral degradation over decades. will a Muslim nation be able to build a similar image on either count? will they want to?
3) so what is the theoretical attraction to Dubai? if my kids don't want to go there and middle-class people don't want to go there, what is left? are there really 200,000 rich people per day (the expected airport traffic) that want to fly across the world to stay in a ridiculously expensive hotel in a ridiculously hot desert?