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Old 04-10-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Except for the oil part as less than 2% of their GDP comes from oil.

Here's a picture of a city from another country that is 200% more pure artificial wealth generated by the luck of having oil revenue. Do you recognize it?
I live about a mile to the right of that tower. Our city was not built on oil. It was built on the banking industry that had a close connection to London. It is a city that is in all actuality a private estate. A very large estate - The tower was built from rail way earnings..the banks towers were built through the money laundering of good old fashioned dirty American money..
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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So what kind of business goes on in Dubai? Do they really do anything there other than look good?
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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So what kind of business goes on in Dubai? Do they really do anything there other than look good?
It seems they do actually have a real economy now. They're a dominant regional transportation, logistics, services, and tourism hub. They've got the largest port in the Arab world, have many large banks with international presence, have a big airport that other middle eastern countries connect out of, and have a few big corporations.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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When I say most like Dubai I mean ultra modern in terms of architecture, very clean, and with new infrastructure. Nothing in America is probably anywhere near Dubai but I am looking for the closest.
The relatively recent urban development that occurred at the speed and concentration in Dubai is unparalleled in the United States.

[therefore, arguably, the answer to the question is none]
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Isn't San Diego a fairly "new" urban core, where a large percentage of the buildings are from the last 2 decades or so? Could it count?
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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Except for the oil part as less than 2% of their GDP comes from oil.

Here's a picture of a city from another country that is 200% more pure artificial wealth generated by the luck of having oil revenue. Do you recognize it?
But welath is more and more based on enrgy and oil still and will be the enrgy source to be comoetitive. In facdt oil drib ves mnay tiehr things in mnay other areas by it 13K essentail produce based o it. that alonew will mean oil dominates fir decades as even a vheile fuel.If we look we are likely to convert from mostly a refiner again to a exporter like to be more product based which wil grow the per centage of GDP. I tehr sectors we are expotig the GDP it contibutes at same time. Likely any growth in manufacturing will be from oil and NG cost from that industry. Just the avilabilty has meant huge shifts in democ ographic the last decades.But no US ius city is like Dubai reallybut likely vegas in it cons centration on one induatry drive it large is closest.That is where oil and NG will continue the shift as we even shift from a consumer of oil and NG again to actually export the products from it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:54 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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None Thank God.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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Maybe Phoenix.

Like Dubai it was artificially resurrected and forged in the middle of the desert and extreme heat, where nothing could otherwise normally survive (except for cactus), if not for huge inputs of oil.
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