Why is Dubai called a fake city?

Mudassir Ali
Dec 26, 2019 03:59 PM 0 Answers
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Why is Dubai called a fake city?

Mudassir Ali
- Dec 26, 2019 03:59 PM

Because it’s a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

It pretends to be one of the metropolitan cities where ambition and higher forms of fulfillment can be achieved, while it is not.

See, Dubai is like a high school kid trying to hang out with working adults, it copies them but lacks the experience and similar goals and lifestyles to actually be one of them.

The fact that it is a dictatorship-style city with tons of rules makes it impossible for dreamers, artists, and geniuses to contribute to anything.

They try to apply western city lifestyles and give it a religious spin in a neighboring region full of unrest and expect that to work. They scam people with seemingly big paychecks and even bigger prices, and therefore they lack the genuine soul and charm that the other cities have.

They copy the wrong things. No dictatorship will ever achieve as much as a free country.

EDIT: I wrote this answer a long time ago and seen some strong dissent in the comments so I will clarify one thing. Dubai is a city of great potential, and I will always have a soft spot for it, as the standard of living was by many means great. I do not oppose it’s success (in fact, I cheer it on) I was stating that the city has a big problem with identity, culture, arts, and innovation… the things that matter and give a place it’s unique vibe. Most of the culture is highly exclusive to the locals, and in terms of arts, innovation, and history, Dubai was only a small fishing town less than 50 years ago so it’s very understandable. It’s development was purely economic and wasn’t particularly touched by dramatic historic events or movements (and how could it in so little time?); and the fear-based pacifier (through harsh laws and fines) they place on people strongly discourages artists (I would know, I was part of the underground music scene there.) I’m confident that with time, the globalized youth will take hold and figure it out, as classically framed by John Mayer.

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