Monday, February 13, 2006

Dubai: das arabische Zentrum der modernen Welt

Wieder mal ein beeindruckender Bericht über Dubai. Zwar scheint derzeit der Immobilienmarkt teilweise reif für eine Korrektur ("One company selling flats is giving away a free Jag with each one"), aber insgesamt kommt man auch bei diesem Bericht aus dem Staunen nicht raus. ("I don't have to push the sales. I've got 10 islands left of the ones I want to sell at the moment. They are clamouring for them. And then I'll stop for a while. We don't want a glut.")

Natürlich gibt es in Dubai ein Demokratie-Defizit, aber:

"Eduardo Ferrari, an Argentinian cameraman who has lived in Dubai for the last eight years, says he couldn't "give a damn for democracy. I live here in the most democratic country in the world. Why? Because the economy is taking you by the tip of your head and pulling you up. Every year I have more and more. In Argentina, every year I have less and less.""

Und hier die Zusammenfassung des Artikels:

"This is the Dubai sandwich: at the bottom, cheap and exploited Asian labour; in the middle, white northern professional services, plus tourist hunger for glamour in the sun and, increasingly, a de-monopolised western market system; at the top, enormous quantities of invested oil money, combined with fearsome social and political control and a drive to establish another model of what modern Arabia might mean in the post-9/11 world. That is the intriguing question: can Dubai do what Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, or almost anywhere else in the Arab world you might like to mention, have failed to do? Is Dubai, in fact, the fulcrum of the future global trading and financial system? Is it, in embryo, what London was to the 19th century and Manhattan to the 20th? Not the modern centre of the Arab world but, more than that, the Arab centre of the modern world."