For brainfood this week I’ve been reading Jim Krane’s excellent book City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism. It’s like an extremely entertaining real-life soap opera, an epic Dallas in the Desert.
Hence my posting of this video recently commissioned by Dubai’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. It’s a timelapse filmed from Dubai’s (and the world’s) tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab (which sets a far weirder height record with the world’s highest-altitude tennis court). You’d never guess that as late as the 1960s this hallucination of a city was a Bedouin badlands.
I haven’t seen Mission Impossible 4 yet but I figure this video is almost as good, minus Tom Cruise. Actually maybe that’s a plus?