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Old 11-30-2017, 03:41 PM
 
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I think Dubai is mostly experimenting with extravagant architecture. They are just building taller and taller without looking at the need behind it. They do have some cool unique things like the first underwater hotel, the World archipelago and the Burj Dubai (the worldís first 7 star hotel).

In many ways Dubai wants to have it all. Tallest building, largest mall, cops driving Ferrariís...
Once you get past the tall, shiny, skyscrapers it's a pretty unimpressive city. Very car-oriented, with a lot of pedestrian activity taking place in malls. The metro is rather pathetic in servicing large areas of the city.

I do admit that Burj Khalifa is rather impressive addition to the skyline.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I've worked in the ME for years and Dubai is the most desirable location for western expats in this region. I do consider Dubai the ME Vegas. Most of the people I know working in Dubai are in no rush to leave.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
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Once you get past the tall, shiny, skyscrapers it's a pretty unimpressive city. Very car-oriented, with a lot of pedestrian activity taking place in malls. The metro is rather pathetic in servicing large areas of the city.

I do admit that Burj Khalifa is rather impressive addition to the skyline.
I agree. I've had two overnight layovers and I think that was enough time to figure this out. It's reputation GREATLY exceeds reality. I suppose it is impressive and emblematic of a great city to those in the Middle East and South Asia.

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I've worked in the ME for years and Dubai is the most desirable location for western expats in this region. I do consider Dubai the ME Vegas. Most of the people I know working in Dubai are in no rush to leave.
Does that definition of the ME include Turkey and Israel? Although I really haven't traveled very extensively in the ME, I can understand it might be more desirable compared to Saudi Arabia and possibly Kuwait. Is it really much more liveable than Doha?

From my experience I'd pick Istanbul over Dubai 10 times out of 10.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: East of the Blue Ridge
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Nevada is famous for being playground for testing ideias....atomic bombs, rocket engines, hyperloop etc etc
Is Dubai emulating the sense of Laissez-faire of Nevada?
Dubai is a city, Nevada is a state. Dubai's goal is to move away from a oil based economy and thus has become a high end Las Vegas or Reno. The country of UAE is nothing like state of Nevada. If you are trying to make a comparison between the two, you have chosen the wrong country. Try Iran.

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I think there is still a misunderstanding going on. I am not talking about casino or booze. I am talking about it being an experimental ground in Middle East just like Nevada is for North America.
There is no misunderstandings here. It is your statements that are incorrect. I have lived (American, Jewish) part time in Dubai for nearly 14 years and there is no truth to your statements.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I agree. I've had two overnight layovers and I think that was enough time to figure this out. It's reputation GREATLY exceeds reality. I suppose it is impressive and emblematic of a great city to those in the Middle East and South Asia.



Does that definition of the ME include Turkey and Israel? Although I really haven't traveled very extensively in the ME, I can understand it might be more desirable compared to Saudi Arabia and possibly Kuwait. Is it really much more liveable than Doha?

From my experience I'd pick Istanbul over Dubai 10 times out of 10.
Istanbul is not the Middle east and although I've never been, my guess is that I would prefer it over Dubai. Yes, Dubai is considerably better than Doha. Well, never been to Israel so no comment on that. I've worked in several countries in the ME and Dubai is the best place that I've personally been to in the ME.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Neither Dubai nor Las Vegas are my cup of tea. However, having been to both, I can say I prefer Dubai. At least there is a little more culture there.

Las Vegas feels extremely artificial. Like they tried very hard to make sure it stayed a one-trick pony kind of place. Also, there is nothing like Sharjah right next to Las Vegas.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Conservative Las Vegas
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Any time I've seen an aerial view of Dubai, I can see very clearly the city is car-centric, and it doesn't look at all inviting for pedestrians, and with the lack of vegetation, I wouldn't waste my money going there, even though I love modern architecture, and have traveled all over the world.

I live in Las Vegas but most people who visit here don't realize, underneath the neon/glitter, there's a very conservative populace. Las Vegas was originally a Mormon settlement, and there's a sizeable Mormon population here, Mormon temple and all, and they're very influencial politically in this state, as well as in the city here. When people hear of prostitution being legal in NV, you won't find it in the most populous counties like Washoe (Reno) or Clark (Las Vegas). Prostitution was legalized solely for the benefit of the miners in the sparsely populated rural counties.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:31 AM
 
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Once you get past the tall, shiny, skyscrapers it's a pretty unimpressive city. Very car-oriented, with a lot of pedestrian activity taking place in malls. The metro is rather pathetic in servicing large areas of the city.

I do admit that Burj Khalifa is rather impressive addition to the skyline.
One plus: you'd be among the vey few people walking...if not the only one on Sheikh Zayed...deira on the other hand. It's relative but overall I'd agree..
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:03 PM
 
Location: East of the Blue Ridge
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:59 AM
 
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Letís omit any severe acts of overly exaggerate expression with a not reciprocal lopsided delusion. Dubai UAE is closely corresponding to a New York City, Shanghai, Hong Kong, or a Doha. Overly provincial domestic Nevada is leaving these boundaries. Out of 20 days in UK, Spain, Morocco on infinite extreme travel ecstasy, I feel that the city of Fes Morocco arrives closest to a Las Vegas type of dream. Area 51 Planet Mars landscape, grand intellectual stimulation exposure that isnít Architecture yet there is a Grand Avenue around, laid back easygoing, major city yet not a megalopolis, and a relative utopia to Independent Business stores types of luxury. From hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars, to nightclub Discotheque Bars. I prefer the exotic one for now (Fes Morocco compared to Las Vegas Nevada). English continues to be quite rare, and there is rich culture when people arenít ignorant.
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