A Tweet About Dubai's Ambitions To Become The 'Greatest Contemporary City In The World' Has Sparked A Huge Debate
Sultan Al Qassemi, columnist, art enthusiast and much followed around the world for his views on all things the Middle East, is very outspoken on his views about his home country. He wants the best for the UAE. Yesterday, he posted a tweet saying 'Dubai is not content to be the greatest contemporary city in the Middle East. It aims to be the greatest contemporary city in the world.' He doesn't say whether he thinks Dubai will achieve this or not, but many have responded with their opinions and the debate is interesting.
FOR: It will be due to the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed
@SultanAlQassemi and it shall be with its one of a kind leadership in the M.E. and amazing people.. truly a gem & world leader.— Mark Halawa - تحرروا (@HalawaMark) January 6, 2017
AGAINST: It will never be, it's become too like Trump
@SultanAlQassemi It never will be. It has gone too far down the Trump-like path, mistaking ostentation & tacky for beauty.— my cats' butler (@ladykayaker) January 6, 2017
FOR: It will happen as vision has been followed by action
@SultanAlQassemi The vision of Dubai leadership has always been this . Followed by action . Wish Dubai all the very best . Looking forward— Deshbhakt - Asliwala (@Kashif_DXB_KNN) January 6, 2017
AGAINST: Dubai is letting go too much of it's identify
@SultanAlQassemi Many people I meet through my travels say that Dubai is giving too much of its identity to achieve this greatness. That's why I love Sharjah— #WengerOut (@Q8Gunner) January 6, 2017
FOR / ON THE FENCE: The record speaks for itself but the jury is still out
@SultanAlQassemi Dubai has already set a track record, lets see it in 10 years.— بديع (@btagha) January 6, 2017
AGAINST: Too many challenges lie ahead
@SultanAlQassemi better to be realistic , they have a lot of challenges ahead like pollution, national debt, science &technology— Mahmoud Anbar (@mahmoudanbar) January 6, 2017
AGAINST: It can never buy culture
@SultanAlQassemi Dubai can buy and build tall buildings all it wants. Though it can never buy culture. Good luck— Kian Rahimnejad (@KianR_) January 6, 2017
Some just don't get what a contemporary City is...
@SultanAlQassemi What's a contemporary city ?— Rodger Shanahan (@RodgerShanahan) January 6, 2017
And what does Lovin Dubai think?
In our view, there isn't any doubt that Dubai is fast becoming the 'greatest contemporary city in the world ' and of its time. This is driven by the vision and leadership, but it is executed by the people who live here. Not just the projects that are completely, or the celebrations that take places. It's the lives that are lived. That over 200 nationalities can live in harmony in one small, young city in this day and age is a great social experiment. The stories if the people you meet every day in the cafe's, restaurants, building receptions or in any daily encounter is what makes this City great. What these people go on to create while living here make it contemporary, and the sum of all the parts make will make it the greatest contemporary city of our times.