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Victoria Beckham to design Dubai hotel? 28, January 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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There are rumors afoot that authorities in Dubai have invited Victoria Beckham to design a hotel for the city. If I were in a mean or uncharitable mood I’d say that this melange of two of the world’s greatest symbols for all that is brash, vacuous, talentless and gaudy would make the hideous, brash and gaudy Burj Al Arab hotel look like a paragon of taste and understatement.

These reports have been flatly denied by powers that be in Dubai but let’s be serious, the mix – now that it has been mentioned – is just too perfect.

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The other side of the Dubai coin 28, January 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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Here’s a link to a fascinating post by Jim Krane, author of a recent book on Dubai winging its way to me as we speak. I post this to temper my mean-spirited digs at Dubai in recent weeks. Jim makes a good case for Dubai’s importance to the Middle East in the future as a kind of role-model. I don’t agree with some of it, but it’s always refreshing to read a piece going against the trend.

Jim is also quoted in an extended and unusually good article at Bloomberg on Dubai’s Iranian trade links.