Dubai has grown immensely in the past few decades. In 40 years from 1965-2005, the population increased 24 times from 50,000 to 1,200,000. It has become a major business center and tourist area with many large malls, hotels, and currently the world's tallest skyscraper. Dubai's oil wealth is largely responsible for its quick rise in infrastructure. However, the city has struggled with much of the rest of the world after the ongoing financial crisis. According to human rights groups, many workers stopped receiving pay but have been unable to leave the country. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I believe that the people of Dubai should be thankful for the great new living standards and infrastructure they have achieved and remember to support the workers that built this city.
December 4, 2004
August 14, 2009
February 10, 2010
Note that these images span 6 years. If you look right above that man-made, blue lake in the top center, you'll notice the Burj Khalifa (world's tallest skyscraper) and the 12 million square foot Dubai Mall.
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 25°11'28.49"N 55°16'24.81"E
Check back next week to see one of the most destructive forces of our lifetime.