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Posted because it's an interesting picture technically, because it's bizarre (to me) to see a city like this in a desert (yes, Vegas is bizarre too), because zooming in, it's almost impossible to see people (contrast with any major NA/European/Chinese city).

I've lived in both places. Dubai for 3 years, then 2 years in LV and then back to Dubai for another year. The similarities in the urban landscape are worth noting. Sheik Zayed highway is just like the Strip - highrises on both sides, behind which are parking garages, behind which are one to four storey buildings and then the desert . . .

Stories about Dubai and Detroit are fascinating to me, because they are a kind of "fall of civilization" bizarre..

These two metropolises make an interesting point of comparison.

Detroit built up in response to a titanic industry it thought would never go away, and had no plan in place for when it did. Dubai built up in anticipation of becoming an international hub for business, but had no plan in place for when it failed to happen.

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