Monday, December 22, 2008

Is Dubai Another Lost City in the making?

Last Thursday, while taking my 2nd son out for his outing with friends at the Dubai Festival City (DFC), me and wife spent some time (well almost 4 hours) at the Magrudy's book store. We met so many Malaysian friends at the DFC including Pak Payne and family.

I spent my time at the Magrudy's to read three good books while waiting my son, one book was about the lost cities in the world. Those ancient cities that once existed as part of human civilisation.

Countless cities have risen and fallen over the past 10,000 years of urban history. Some were true metropolises, capitals that governed entire empires and inspired awe and wonder as the marvels of their age, yet today they are remembered only by historians, or have passed out of memory altogether. Occasionally, however, archaeology can help to reconstruct something of their lost splendour and tell us of the lives that were lived there. Lost Cities surveys 28 of the greatest of these fossil cities, abandoned and ruined but still able to invoke the grandeur of ages past. Richly illustrated with full colour photos, the book includes a never-before published drawing of a stela held in a private collection, which shows Nebachudnezzar overseeing the building of the ziggurat of Babylon (thought to be the inspiration for the fabled Tower of Babel). The book reveals the stories behind great metropolises such as Petra, the rock-carved rose city in the desert of what is now Jordan; Great Zimbabwe, the capital of the once-mighty southern African Shona empire; and Mohenjo-Daro, centre of one of the world’s earliest civilizations in the Indus Valley, together with better known examples such as Troy, Babylon, Angkor and Machu Picchu.

Dubai could be the next great city of the world with the growing multinational residents, centres of financial, banking, tourism etc and global outreach (namely Emirates Airline and Dubai Ports), unless the current turmoil really sinks Dubai into the desert sands and become another lost city in the making. Too soon to say though.

According to the author of the book, globalisation had actually started thousand years ago. Even during the great conquerer periods like Genghis, Alexandar as well Pharaohs who were once colonising the world under their vast empires.

Yes, globalisation is life itself, as we are all decendants of Nabi Adam who have made this planet as our first home before our next trip in our journey!

Globalisation flattens the world

Commentary by Abd Ghani Hamat
STRANGE how the word globalisation is seldom heard amid the current financial and economic crises.

................Who would have thought 30 years ago, when the word globalisation was fashionable, that Deng Xiaoping's China would have the financial standing it does to influence the world's economy? Or that petrol dollar has the power to spawn a global carrier, the Emirates, in a tiny desert state in the Gulf.

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