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In Las Vegas, there is a hotel complex known as "New York, New York," where the buildings are scaled down versions of the skyline of New York. In Dubai, seen in this 2013 photo everything is scaled up. The city is an architect's dream where one sees a building Twisting in the Wind, another building with rotating floors, and, of course, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, soaring majestically to a height of 830 m.

Once before in 1997 we had visited Dubai, and seen the sand stretching out endlessly, with a handful of tall buildings rising on "the strip." Then 16 years later, in 2013, when we made a second visit to the oil-soaked Sheikdom, we could hardly believe our eyes. There were skyscrapers clustered like weeds. Rising prominently on land reclaimed from the sea was the most elegant (and expensive) hotel in the world — the 7-star Burj al Arab, resembling the sail of traditional dhow.

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