April 28th, 2008
The Guardian's report on the travails of the Palm Jumeirah as residents move in and discover that the reality doesn't quite match the brochure's promises conjures up a picture of a thoroughly … cosmopolitan … neighbourhood:
The lab rats in this experiment are a strange mix. They include England footballers, a battalion of middle-class Britons from places such as Salisbury and Weybridge, and even, it is said, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, who is thought to have a house opposite Kieron Dyer, the West Ham midfielder.
Truly, Dubai is a strange place.