Dubai Urbanization

1562 WordsOct 11, 20117 Pages
“Things happen at such a speed, in such a fragmented way, and with so little governmental oversight that to find one person with a complete grasp of what’s going on is a very, very difficult task,” said Reinier de Graaf to Steven Zachs of Metropolis Magazine about the city of Dubai. Dubai is a city with very little history as a town and even less history as a major city; however it has ignited much research, controversy and many to stare in awe from its rapid urbanization. The research will delve into the reasons behind this growth and how it has been used to commodify the rich culture of those whom lived in the place that Dubai currently occupies (Otherwise known as the Bedouins). There has been much controversy surrounding the…show more content…
In the report by Kanna it is argued that while the city has been reprimanded of its exploitation and abuse of workers, it turns a blind eye and simply dismisses it as “work place accidents”. Another problem is the prostitution that is taking place in Dubai, while the country is aware of the problem it is not stopping it, with many of the Arabs in neighboring countries simply coming for “foreign prostitutes” (Molavi). The spectacle within this is in relation to Dubai’s image; where it tries to sell to foreigners and tourists this image of culture and at the same time safety, it is due to the invisibility of the work force that is providing Dubai with its towering skyscrapers and modernized landscapes. After the incidents of September 11, Dubai has seen a rapid modernization (Zachs). Metropolis Magazine describes it as the economic and cultural center of the future (in comparison to New York City being that of the present). Within the article, Zachs describes the towering skyscrapers and the soon-to-be tallest structure in the world; he however argues that with its rapid urbanization and sudden growth, Dubai is currently the global center of the Arab world, providing many with jobs and financial support to their families. Also, with this rapid modernization and the constant flow of tourists, workers and the diversity of its citizens, Dubai has had to satisfy many needs; to the point where the strict Muslim country has bars, clubs, and

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