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Old Posted Jun 19, 2012, 6:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Duck From NY
I'm not a fan of the Saudi government or the social-norms there either, but was that comment really necessary?

How do you think this financial district will do competing against other Middle-East cities? I'm not sure all of the following cities have a heavy financial industry, but do you think Dubai, Manama, Abu Dhabi, and Doha have an advantage since they built up first?
you seriously comparing Saudi Arabia to these tiny countries ?
sounds to me your basing your opinion on your "social-norms", and not the financial industry.
Sure, the countries may be small, but Dubai is an A+ world city and one of the few in the world to have that high of a ranking. Riyadh comes far behind at a Beta ranking and Jeddah at Gamma+. Of course, Saudi Arabia is a major world power with much influence, but its cities lack the importance like Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha does. These projects could quite possibly project the importance of cities in the world rather than the country's economic influence altogether.