The most audacious city in the world… Dubai’s swift transformation from desert town to giant holiday idyll leaves former ITN reporter Andrea Catherwood awestruck
'If we build it they will come' could be the mantra of the overarchingly ambitious project that is Dubai.
My first visit in 2002 was a stopover from Afghanistan where I'd been reporting for ITN.
We were awed by the scale and luxury. We drank lurid cocktails at a swim-up bar and watched dredgers spraying arcs of sand into the sea.
Someone said they were creating a huge island, the shape of a date palm. The idea seemed so fantastical as to be unbelievable.
Through audacity, far-sightedness and an ability to hold its nerve through the financial crash, Dubai has created a futuristic... read more
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