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Mar 25, 2009, 9:26 PM
I have no idea what city this is but thought the image was cool. I hope this is the right place to post this for those viewing the Portland forum:
Mar 25, 2009, 9:36 PM
I think it's Dubai. Cool pic indeed!
Mar 25, 2009, 9:38 PM
Ya, definately Dubai. And an awesome picture!!
Mar 25, 2009, 9:39 PM
That's a pic of Dubai. Here is another pic with the fog and Burj Dubai in the background from the Burj Dubai forum:
From zappaphotos on flickr
And another cool one from the Burj Dubai forum:
Mar 25, 2009, 10:10 PM
Thanks guys for the info....I had a feeling it was probably Dubai....but my mind doesn't easily grasp the idea of the low cloud covering/fog with a desert setting..
Mar 26, 2009, 3:19 AM
That first pic, with the buildings coming out of the clouds, struck me as looking like Caprica from Battlestar Glactica. Thanks for posting.
RSBear = SciFi and Skyscraper nerd all rolled into one (plus I've worked in the Internet industry for 10 years come May, so that would make me a geek, too).
Mar 26, 2009, 3:28 AM
Yep, that first pic was taken from the Burj Dubai itself earlier during construction. The recession has hit the UAE hard. I had a lot of respect for that place since almost the entire population was expat (80-90%) and it seemed primed for future growth away from petroleum, far outpacing its Persian Gulf peers.
Despite their go-go western image however, many laws are vestigal remnants of a very conservative culture. The one I'll mention here is that debtor's prisons are very much a part of the legal system. About 5,000 cars have been abandoned at the airport by expats who owned those gleaming condos, lost their jobs, and fled in terror to avoid prison.
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