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Rising From the Desert: The Growth of Dubai

November 16, 2009

Dubai is a place filled with visual contradictions. It rises from the desert as a bustling metropolis, filled with new skyscrapers, malls, ski resorts (?) and construction sites. Though the economy was founded on oil revenues, it is now sustained by mostly by tourism and real estate. It is said that 25% of the world’s cranes are in Dubai. Several photographers have documented this rapid growth and I thought I’d share some of their work with you today:

Photos by Dustin Aksland, from the series ‘Four Days in Dubai’, via Good

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images via flickr user localsurfer

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One of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world, Ski Dubai, via flickr user Aakash Mandhar

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Palm Jumeirah island, via flickr user twocentsworth

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An air conditioned bus stop, via flickr user elvis_payne

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photos via Josef Hoflehner

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Sheikh Zayed road

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Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower

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