Introduction: Vision in the Desert (02:02)
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, stands as a symbol of Dubai’s rapid rise. The area is a land of breakneck development and constant transformation despite the real estate crash that slowed growth.
Maritime Heritage (03:40)
Geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna discusses Dubai’s rapid growth. Historian Peter Hellyer explains the significance of Dubai Creek to the city’s maritime heritage.
Traditional Sailing Vessels (03:38)
Dhows have mostly been replaced by larger commercial vessels. What remains of the craft can be found in Al Jaddaf; shipbuilder Ahmad Obaid’s crew adds finishing touches to the world’s largest dhow.
Port of Jebel Ali (04:10)
The biggest manmade harbor is the busiest port in the Middle East; it services a regional market of 2 billion people. The port and the oil economy started the city’s meteoric rise.
Free Zones (02:10)
The port’s Jebel Ali Free Zone is the first in a network around the city that grants beneficial regulations to international companies. Vijay Rangachari of Maersk elaborates on the benefits of being located in a free zone.
Building Projects (02:46)
Khanna discusses Dubai’s “hyperbolic” approach to building projects. Dubai Creek Harbour will include new property developments and the world’s tallest building. Minister of International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy describes plans for Expo 2020.
Dubai Culture (04:40)
Mudassir Sheikha and Magnus Olsson are co-founders of a high-end car booking service. Khanna and Hashimy discuss the challenges of creating a common culture in a city where foreign transplants outnumber locals.
Credits: Vision in the Desert: Part 1 (00:09)
Credits: Vision in the Desert: Part 1
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