The Dubai headlines of the tail end of 2009 were as notorious as the Lehman crash - and indeed stockmarkets plunged - but it is now etched in history as the end of excess. Dubai, today, is a different place to 10 years ago. For years, people couldn't understand how Dubai was sustaining itself. There were talks of bubbles, and then the bubble burst.
But Dubai continues to run. It may be a city without the occupancy, but the heart still beats, but may just a little fainter. Dubai didn't quite get where it wanted to be. It sprinted as hard as it could, and ultimately didn't reach the finish line. And all the time, in the background chugged Abu Dhabi. And, as with the fable - slow and steady wins the race. Dubai was not all conquering, but it still is an amazing achievement - a modern metropolis, built out of sand.
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Posted by grapeshisha at 12:06 AM
It looks like Alonso and Massa enjoyed Formula Rossa - obviously Alonso is not smiling now!
And the world seems impressed. Check out the BBC report:
And it certainly meets the vision:
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:28 PM
In its sophomore year, in the final grand prix of the season, the race at the Yas Marina Circuit really matter. Abu Dhabi matters - and every single racing fan will be watching to see whether Fernando Alonso will realise his goal of becoming World Champion in one of the richest sports in the world.
Everyone will be watching - and while Ferrari haven't quite got enough to win the constructors championship, there will be a new monument to be built at the world's largest and newsest indoor theme park next door - at Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World Theme Park. The iconic futuristic armoury of red stands out a mile and all who approach the Yas Marina will know that this is Alonso's race to lose. But by heck, if he wins, there will be an almighty party.
But scandals in formula 1 are rife, and don't expect that this will be plain sailing.
Remember, Alonso still has to place first or second to be sure. And Vettel will no doubt try and help his team mate Webber of making it a Red Bull Blitz. And never discount Lewis Hamilton. He has skill, stamina and hunger.
It will all be fun. And the fun has already started. Kanye, Prince, Linkin Park, Basement Jaxx are all playing / have played - and practice racing has begun.
Abu Dhabi Centre Stage. Let the games begin.
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