Dubai Dreams scared me

In this post John Hagel describes the phenomena that is Dubai,  it struck a chord with me because I recently watched a BBC2 series on Dubai called ‘Dubai Dreams’ and it really scared me….

Dubai is a tiny place, its rich but its oil is running out,  to replace the oil industry its rulers Dubaiare focusing on a raft of initiatives including financial services and tourism.  The scary part is the focus, speed and vision with which they seem to be able to act,  cutting through or eliminating bureaucracy with ease, marshaling incredibly diverse resources and making multi-million/billion dollar decisions routinely and rapidly.  Western countries beware,  if the developing world follows the example of Dubai then it won’t just be the size of their cheap labour market that we need to be scared of!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Believe it or not it scared me too… I am not familiar whit it’s oil or other important resources but i know this country is a “boom” in everything specially if we talk about tourism. Holidays in Dubai are on the top of the list for every single tourism agency. Why is that? Watch and learn!

  2. Lbug says:

    Yeah, I don’t think they let things like labour laws and other formalities restrict them too much in Dubai. Also, the government is a the heart of almost everything so there’s no intereference from above.

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