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Monday, September 19, 2005

Cityscape

Secret Dubai has been having a go at Gitex, the massive annual Computer exhibition in Dubai. I agree with what she says, it can be a very unpleasant experience. In fact I only go once every two or three years and I have an awful suspicion that this year I will have to go!

This morning I went to the Cityscape exhibition. This is much more manageable as it only occupies two halls. I only went because I love looking at architectural models - the one for FalconCity was particularly spectacular, even though it is a very silly project.

On my way into Dubai I passed a remarkable sight - hundreds of construction workers had completely blocked the Jebel Ali-bound carriageway of Sheikh Zayed road, apparently as a protest against non-payment of wages and poor living conditions. How they actually managed to get the traffic on the road to stop without anyone being hurt is a mystery to me, but the traffic was completely stopped and backed up for at least 5km when I passed the incident.

8 Comments:

Blogger Amrit(raj) said...

wow .. hadnt heard about the protests ( as you can say - i haventbeen reading the papers lately :( .. but all i can say is wow - the face of dubai is reallly beginning to change now :|

3:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind the project, you didn't lay into the site!! Get real keefie, praise the project to high heaven and suggest a major site 're-think'; you may even be able to recommend a good designer!

Cheers
PNG

7:18 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Yes you're right, the website is rubbidge, but I'm too tired to argue the possibilities with a company that thinks a larger-than-life Eiffel Tower woould be a great place to have an apartment!

7:39 pm  
Blogger Deepak Morris said...

Just thought you might like to know that Tom Peters thinks Do-buy is the cat's whiskers:
http://www.tompeters.com/entries.php?rss=1¬e=http://www.tompeters.com/blogs/main/008150.php

If that link don't work, just mosey along to www.tompeters.com and check his blog.

Deepak

11:49 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

i saw the demonstrations .. i wonder if we'll ever read about them in the papers.

7:06 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

It's on the front page of today's 7days, and it appeared on Gulf News online yesterday. Unusually, the company has been named and they have been given until the end of today to pay these guys their dues.

7:36 am  
Blogger bakpakchik said...

I was stuck in that AWFUL jam for hours but was glad that the workers finally asked for what was rightfully theirs! Good for them!

3:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought I would be anon today. The secret of Gitex is go early, about 20 minutes after it opens, never go on a weekend and always call in sick so you don't have to take a days vacation!
DD
PS back in Abu Dhabi for business this UK weekend. Will report back in my blog.

1:00 am  

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