This is a long article about dubai, but interesting (via boingboing).
Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing â€“ at last â€“ into history.
Reminds me of this video on real estate in Dubai.