9 days in Dubai

January 11th, 2007

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It was a very in-lighting trip for me. The National Geographic featured Dubai city as the hottest property area in the world and called it the sudden city. I saw Hundreds and hundreds of construction works, huge billboards, tall building and lots of Guinness records. The city is so obsessed in braking world records.

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Many of you know Dubai more than I do. But I just wanted to share with you my experience and impressions which I had from that trip. During these days I visited not only Dubai, but also I went to Sharja and Ajman which made me sees the huge contrast between those three cities. The first thing that came up to my mind is that good leadership and good management “even if it was a one man show” can put us on the map. After seeing Dubai I built and admiration towered Sheekh Mohammed ben Rashid the man behind placing Dubai on the world map. I don’t care about the man character or behaviors. I just care about what he did for his country and his people, his vision and leadership.

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This shows us that what we need in the Arab world is not corrupted democratic republics. We need only a good one man show and a good management. Our problems are in leadership. This way we should invest our time and effort in raising a good and visionary leader ship for the future. And we as people should fight against those corrupted leaderships and support those how visions and intentions to make our countries a better place for living. We should not judge them in a religious or political perspective. We should judge their abilities in management. This is why I suggest that all Arab leaders should take a course in management.

Anyway I don’t want to go deeper in this subject, but I just wanted to tell you what I was thinking while I saw all what is happing in Dubai and compare it with a city like Ajman were you can find a pathetic infrastructure and city development.

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Even I was in Dubai, I had a hard time being online or connected. I didn’t have a mobile or easy access to the inter net. I would like to apologies to Hamzeh who invited me to meet with him but I couldn’t contact him or see his message until I came back to Amman.

To tell you the truth, I was not shocked and surprised of what I saw in Dubai. This does not mean that Dubai is not an amazing city. But maybe this is because I’ve heard so much about Dubai and I saw lots of pictures before I went there. The image I built for Dubai in my mind was close to what I saw. So maybe this is the reason!

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At the end am not going to say that Dubai is fake because I believe it’s real. And I am not going to criticise a city that is not finished yet. All what I am going to say is that I like Dubai as a place to visit and not to live in. Because am still used to cities like Amman which have a different life style and experience. “Bel 3arbi.. ma bagdar a3eesh bedoon graf :)

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2 Responses to “9 days in Dubai”

  1. Qwaider قويدر Says:

    Although I would hardly call it good management or good utilization of resources, but I have to bow in awe and admiration to the amount of beauty and amazing efforts they’re making
    The pictures are breath taking, and I’m glad you enjoyed your time there and had fun.

    And Hamdilla 3al salameh “Sha3teelies” :D

  2. Reem Says:

    7amdilla 3ala isalameh!!
    I agree, I love Dubai to visit, but not to live in.
    I think fake is not the right word.. I would use “artificial” or we can call it the plastic city.. I see what you mean when you say you like amman better, In dubai, everything is annoyingly in place!

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