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FROM A DESERT CITY TO A WORLD-CLASS METROPOLIS

Contrary to popular belief the rise of Dubai to one of the most popular and aspirational cities of the world did not happen overnight. Nor is it just the result of having excess petrol dollars. The transformation from fishing and trading port to energetic, pioneering world-class 21st-century metropolis has resulted from a series of strategic decisions that have been based more on wisdom and ambition than scientific calculations. Since the opening of the Atkins-designed 321-meter-tall Burj Al Arab in 1999 - the world’s only seven-star hotel, with ostentatious and bold interiors by Khuan Chew - the city took on a much more glamorous status. The iconic building attracted Bollywood, Hollywood and indeed Italian Cinecittà celebrities, as well as Russian oligarchs and British football players... all of whom wanted to be seen enjoying this sleek new destination. The strategic...

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