Otium cum dignitate.
I got as far as reading Michael Owen...of course being my being from Liverpool and his current employement may have something to do with that.
It sounds like he was reading the script off a piece of paper.Mind you, finding a footballer who can read is no small ask!
Dubai looks and sounds as dull and boring as Michael Owen's presentation.Di.x
oh it's worth watching right through - true classicin fact it should be compulsory for all investors everywhere, large and smalljust how many wealthy plonkers are there in the world ?Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair
I agree Nick. It looks like Torremolinos on steroids but without the mountains and the drunken Scotsmen falling about the streets. Why would anyone want a piece of that? Truely amazing.Calfy, you have no staying power. Go tidy your room.Thud, see my reply to Calfy.Lakes, you can see his eyes roving across the autocue...poor boy had a charisma bypass. Who thought it would be a good idea to use him? Even Rio Ferdinand could have been more convincing.Trubes, not a place I hope to visit :-)
Yay !Thought you'd emigrated.I saw my first aerial view of the Palm development and thought it was an abomination. A monument to man's hubris - a clear case of pride befor a fall. And lo.
Yo Kev! Just life taking over a bit, that's all :-) Henceforth you shall be known as Electro Kevin - SoothsayerAbomination indeed!
Rio Ferdinand, Football's Einstein, has a place there. That is all ye know about Dubai, and all ye need to know
I am instinctively drawn to people and places that love the thoroughbred racehorse.Except Michael Owen.And Dubai.
Now I know where they designed "Sim City".According to most people I've chatted with recently, nobody goes through the airport to get into Dubai, because it's dead. They all stay airside and move on through to better climes.A chum was heading up the construction of one of the 'estates' like 'Palm', and his redundancy is also followed by the absolute despair of everyone who has just had to leave their flats and chuck the keys back to the agents.However, I'm glad that celebs, footballers and other fritterati still go and live there, because it means we have more real people to see over here!
Very informative. I got as far as the 5* hotel and water taxi bit as watching any further about hotels is a bit redundant for me.
Lilith: I lived very happily in the UAE for the best part of 4 years in the 1970s. In those days Dubai consisted of just a couple of streets on either side of the famous creek where the dhows tied up (and all the smuggling happened!). Dubai made its money from the entrepot trade, charging just one percent ad valorem on each cargo, and the only signs of much physical activity were the dhow builders happily chipping away at their planks on the beach on the edge of town. The now huge Jebel Ali port project was but a mere twinkle in somebody's greedy eye. Next door, Sharjah was literally just one street running along the edge of the sea, and from there all the way to the tip of Ras al Khaimah there was nothing but sand. But I suppose they had to spend all those petro-dollars on something. When I asked one of the leading citizens there why Abu Dhabi and Dubai were planning to embark on a building frenzy, the reply was "to put the UAE on the map". I think they may have succeeded, but I also think that the old traditional laid back way of life there was much more pleasant than today's offerings. It is a place I now try to avoid when traversing the region.
Well I managed about 30 secs.. never heard the ridiculous tosser speak...
I thought you might enjoy it Idle :-)Scrobs, Dubai is a reminder how much worse things could be, eh?Pip, I wouldn't go even if someone else was paying ;-)Mutley, you wimp!
I visited Dubai in the days before the massive building programme (my ex worked in Abu Dhabi). It was an interesting place to see back then, as Nomad says. I particularly liked the gold souk :-) Now it is a folly to rival the South Sea Bubble.
OMG, I've never heard him speak before! He makes me sound exciting.
That would be because you are exciting, Blue. Most people who have travelled are worth listening to (not the ones who just go from airport to hotel to meeting back to airport) but I think the poor chap was reading from a script and if that's what he got paid for then hey, I wouldn't mind a job like that! Please? I still can't unserstand why the BBC didn't snap up a certain someone ;-)
Ha ha Blue :-) Mr Owen may have had some exciting moments on the football pitch but I don't think punditry looms as a retirement job for the poor bloke.Nomad, Hi! Bizarre growth sustained by,...what? Big ponzi scheme? How disturbing it appears to me, the transformation since you were there in the 70s! Concrete and sand. Why?
Fuchsia, again, interesting. No appeal now though, f'sure. Wouldn't bother with it even if someone else was paying. Deserts scare me more than seas.
Pip, you thinking of applying? :-)
I'd love to, Lils but I don't have a marketable mockney accent. Having heard you speak on the phone I think you'd have better luck - crikey I think you're sexy and I'm straight! Mind you I think Mariella Frostrup is sexy too so you've got competition ;-)
Lilith: Hi yourself! You ask a good question, and it is one which I often put to the locals over something cold and fizzy in the evenings. Why are you building all these high rises? Who is going to live in them? What are they going to do for a living since there are few natural resources other than the oil and gas, and nothing can be made or done here that cannot or is not already being done cheaper across the water in India, Pakistan and Iran. I got no sensible replies and in the end they were building buildings for builders to live in while they built more buildings. I suppose the embarrassment of undreamed of riches (for those who used to run the equivalent of whelk stalls in the souk) was also burning holes in the pockets of the Al Makhtoum family. I just hope our beloved Gordon is not going to offer them a few billion to help out with the current minor difficulty!o/t: How's Calfy's Arabic coming along? Is she enjoying the Damascene culture?
"but I don't think punditry looms as a retirement job for the poor bloke."...well when he's older he'll have the qualities of a future 'manager' of a club, with the abilities of gutteral gibbering and boring cliches.But the players understand that sort of rubbish-speak anyway.
I think Nomad's comment is profound.
Metody is thanking Lil for link to his small blog, but is finding link to old blog which is same as new blog, but not so.
Dear Lil,Metody thanks you for link, if only it were to right blog he is thinking though. Mind both look same, just not so.
Nomad, I get her back from the desert on Sunday :-) I think she has had a lovely time, a few scrapes and met some lovely people and got off to a good start with the Arabic :-) She is talking about Uzbekistan now...
Metody, just find yourself a nice Welsh girl and behave. I have changed the link.
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