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FOR A WHILE, it seemed like
Dubai’s growth would never end.
The metropolis was the land of the
megaproject—no matter how over
the top it might be. There was the
Burj Dubai, staking its claim as the
world’s tallest skyscraper. There was
the Dubailand Sunny Mountain Ski
Dome—essentially a giant snowglobe
in the middle of the desert. There
was the man-made archipelago of
300 islands constructed in the shape
of a world map.
In the past, which really wasn’t all
that long ago, the only problem was
rounding up enough talent and
supplies to keep all those big projects
moving full force.
“During the boom, a lot of
megaprojects were announced in
Dubai, money was rolling in and
there was a shortage of workers. But
it all crashed when the oil bubble
burst,” says Bryan Plamondon, manager of Middle East and North Africa
economics for IHS Global Insights,
an economic forecasting firm in
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.
That’s when the billion-dollar
projects started toppling one by one.>>
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