My sister-in-law (hi, Anna! :)) was recently talking about her visit to Dubai in 1998, which got me to thinking about what Dubai looked like when she saw it and how different it must be now. After looking around a bit on the internet, the best comparison I could find is this:
I am reading the book Pillars of the Earth which takes place in the 1100s, and in it, a monk sees the biggest town in England at the time. He wonders how men can be so “audacious” as to channel water from the river to bring it to the leather and wool workshops, instead of bringing their workshops to the river. I’ve often wondered the same thing about building a city like Dubai in the desert. Is it audacious? Or simply modern ingenuity that points the way to the future?