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 are 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!