With the completion of the record-breaking Burj Khalifa, Dubai continues to push the boundaries despite continued economic uncertainty. With that said, let me recommend revisiting the November 30, 2009 New York Times article, ‘Showcase: Dubai’s Improbable Tale‘, by James Estrin with excellent photography by Lauren Greenfield.
They journeyed to the desert emirate of Dubai by the tens of thousands. Laborers from small towns on the Indian subcontinent and white-collar executives from the capitals of Europe. They came seeking fortune, and they built a modern city unlike any the world had ever seen: a city with the world’s largest tower, an indoor ski slope and a honeymoon suite with a live whale shark in the window.
A city where anything was possible. Sand too hot? Then build a beach with underground refrigeration.
As the orgy of building ground to a halt earlier this year, the photographer Lauren Greenfield set out to tell the story of Dubai and the foreign workers who make up most of its population…