Another day, another article slating Dubai. And this time it is from Slate magazine. There's the obligatory buzzword bingo moment - transient population, dark side. But to be honest if this was a slating by Slate, it was a pretty poor effort. There's talk of how appalled the author is about the buying in the names of the Louvre and Guggenheim. Well once upon a time, the US wasn't discovered and there wasn't any history and a certain pinnacle city was named after a place in England. Yes, New York was ultimately named in honour of the Duke of York and York. I love the USA like the next person, but everything has a beginning. Actually, the argument of that there is no past is a poor one:To me, it seems stultifying as well as strange: Like Harriet Martineau, I feel as if I had been in another planet. Yet there have always been people who dream of escaping from their culture, who long to forget their history, and who are content to live without the past. And now, in Dubai, they can.
In fact, there is a past in Dubai
, and it is alive and well in the culture that governs the ethos of the city. It appear that the writer didn't visit the Creek. And perhaps they didn't speak to a true Dubai Emirati to understand the real history of the Emirates. And I am quite sure they don't know that there was a monastery dating back to 600 AD located on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi
. They probably didn't realise the United Arab Emirates is an evolving country, but one that is holding true to its past. They probably didn't realise all this because they only saw what they didnt like and chose to believe what they wanted to believe. Enough.
They probably wanted a reaction. I fell for it.
If you can stomach another one of these articles, here it is:The New New World
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