Originally Posted by Gresto
The oil sheikhs happily throw billions to the winds on frivolous monuments to decadence and profligacy.
And the aristocracy in Europe before them spent it on palaces and castles. Paris is a result of their penchant for decadence and extravagance. Say what you will, but if the world was rid of it completely we'd be all poorer for it.
Dubai, Manhattan, and Paris are all very different but come from the same place. The world is a far more interesting place for having all 3. Dubai isn't my cup of tea, but I know I'm not going to be bored if I visit.