You can build a shiny modern metropolis out of nothing, but how do you create the bustle of a city?
Photographer Matthias Heiderich captures the strange emptiness of Dubai in his series UAE.
Cities grow because people want to live in that particular place on the planet. Building a city in the middle of nowhere won’t work. Unless that city is Las Vegas: Sin City.
When you want to build Sin City and insist on keeping it moral, you’re fucked.
People will only live here as long as the salaries are unrealistically higher than anywhere else — and only for as long as they care more about money than they do about standards of living.
But then again, I’m here and I’m happy. Enough. For now (everyone keeps adding those two words, so I thought I might as well).