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2017-05-17 10:21:53 AM  
Isn't Dubai pretty much catered towards rich tourists?

Or is that the joke and I missed it?
 
2017-05-17 11:36:20 AM  
Don't they already have a farkton of empty artificial islands?
 
2017-05-17 11:40:13 AM  
Yeah, but you're still in Dubai
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2017-05-17 11:40:31 AM  
Remember the area can't survive on cheap $50 oil.
 
2017-05-17 11:42:33 AM  

pxlboy: Isn't Dubai pretty much catered towards rich tourists?

Or is that the joke and I missed it?


I also thought that Dubai was full of ghost cities. Why keep building things no one will ever use?
 
2017-05-17 11:53:07 AM  
Ninety percent of the UAE will be swallowed by the sands in fifty years or less, Dubai included.
 
2017-05-17 12:06:14 PM  

abhorrent1: pxlboy: Isn't Dubai pretty much catered towards rich tourists?

Or is that the joke and I missed it?

I also thought that Dubai was full of ghost cities. Why keep building things no one will ever use?


Because it's built on oil money by guys with less style and subtlety than a facial tattoo.
 
2017-05-17 12:14:35 PM  
They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.
 
2017-05-17 12:47:21 PM  

pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.


It's not short sighted at all, it's the exact opposite. They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on. And a full 25% of their national budget is spent on education.
 
2017-05-17 01:09:38 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.

It's not short sighted at all, it's the exact opposite. They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on. And a full 25% of their national budget is spent on education.


I stand corrected.
 
2017-05-17 01:16:31 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.

It's not short sighted at all, it's the exact opposite. They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on. And a full 25% of their national budget is spent on education.


Educating who? The people I know there pay through the nose for their kids' schools.
 
2017-05-17 01:34:17 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: To The Escape Zeppelin!: pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.

It's not short sighted at all, it's the exact opposite. They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on. And a full 25% of their national budget is spent on education.

Educating who? The people I know there pay through the nose for their kids' schools.


What matters is that they end up fully prepared to go out and thrive in a long career of farking off at work
 
2017-05-17 01:55:22 PM  
 
2017-05-17 02:22:48 PM  
Dubai is going to make for some awesome ruins within 50 years or so.
 
2017-05-17 02:27:00 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.

It's another gaudy testament to greed and short-sighted thought. If they spent even a fraction of that money to educate their people instead of throwing it around on useless crap, they'd be better off.

It's not short sighted at all, it's the exact opposite. They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on. And a full 25% of their national budget is spent on education.


Call me old fashioned, but I like to visit places where I can get up to at least some debauchery without worrying about religious fanatics throwing me in a hole to rot for the rest of my life.
 
2017-05-17 02:36:46 PM  

Hills-Sachs_Legion: Dubai is going to make for some awesome ruins within 50 years or so.


The Urban Spelunking industry is going to be YUGE there
 
2017-05-17 04:39:18 PM  

BigNumber12: Hills-Sachs_Legion: Dubai is going to make for some awesome ruins within 50 years or so.

The Urban Spelunking industry is going to be YUGE there


Bring plenty of water.
 
2017-05-17 05:15:21 PM  
Aren't parts of The World eroding?
 
2017-05-17 05:56:40 PM  
Good, now bring in some mines, submarines, and sharks with frickin lasers attached to their heads and let's discuss tax reform and income inequality.
 
2017-05-17 05:57:41 PM  
Gosh, it's a good thing they keep investing their money in things that will provide long term benefits.
 
2017-05-17 06:21:29 PM  

snoproblem: Ninety percent of the UAE will be swallowed by the sands in fifty years or less, Dubai included.


Good point. Without constant maintenance those sand Islands will erode even more quickly. It's all so temporary.  They should focus on buying up all of South Dakota or somewhere that doesn't suck so bad.
 
2017-05-18 12:34:12 AM  
I've got to pick up one of those...
 
2017-05-18 12:40:38 AM  

pxlboy: Isn't Dubai pretty much catered towards rich tourists?

Or is that the joke and I missed it?


Having been to Dubai, it's more of a middle class tourist destination than you would think.

Yes it has insanely expensive hotels, restaurants, and shopping, but so does NYC, London, and Paris.

Unlike those cities, hotels in Dubai are relatively inexpensive -- like SPG Category 4 hotels go for $150/night. In NYC the equivalent would be $250 to $350.

The shopping malls are pretty bourgeoisie. There are plenty of affordable fun bars and restaurants.
 
2017-05-18 09:14:33 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: They're frantically building a tourism industry to ensure that the day oil ends they have something to fall back on.


Tourism for what? What's actually there that can't exist elsewhere, that will have lower costs?

it's all an illusion. They might be building stuff like snowdomes now and watering golf courses, but that's all dependent on massive subsidies from the oil. When those stop, what's going to happen to the cost? I'll tell you - the running costs are going to rocket. That snowdome and those golf courses are not going to compete with the same facilities in places in the world where it's a milder climate and water is plentiful. You struggle to get tourism anywhere that's like a desert. Egypt does it, but Egypt has unique historical monuments.

I'm not even sure these places can survive the end of oil. I think they'll just massively depopulate.
 
2017-05-18 09:27:13 AM  

pxlboy: They do it because they can. The thing that gets me is that they're still spending like the oil money is never going to run out. In 50 years, Dubai is going to look how Vegas was portrayed in that one Resident Evil movie, but with less zombies.



They are trying to set themselves up as both a technology/manufacturing hub for getting into the Middle East and parts of Africa and a tourist destination to help them survive without oil. That is why they are hardcore pushing places like Internet City and others for companies to try and enter these regional markets.

For tourism - they are attempting  to become almost like a Las Vegas / Disney World style destination. There is the the Atlantis water park, Wild Wadi water park, Ferrari World (the Ferrari theme park home to the world's fastest roller coaster), the indoor ski resort,  the Marina, largest malls in the world, sand boarding out in the sand dunes, etc.

I'm not saying it will work, but they are trying to set themselves up as something more than just an oil country.

They allow or turn a blind eye to most things that Muslim countries don't allow. You can get booze at the hotel bars/clubs, cohabiting when not married is technically not allowed but never enforced, places request modest outfits but I see Europeans in bikinis in speedos, and tons of Eastern European girls are there as prostitutes all the summer.
 
2017-05-18 11:23:08 AM  

snoproblem: BigNumber12: Hills-Sachs_Legion: Dubai is going to make for some awesome ruins within 50 years or so.

The Urban Spelunking industry is going to be YUGE there

Bring plenty of water.


And a copy of "Heart of Darkness"
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