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Dubai City,
United Arab Emirates

Articles/Pictures collected by Rick Archer
First Published: May 2006
Last Update: January 2008

Is this a mirage in the Middle East?  

Seemingly out of nowhere emerges an ultra-modern city in the middle of a desert.  Dubai City is currently undergoing an unbelievable transformation right in the heart of the Arab world.

Dubai, population one million, produces some of the best modern architecture in the world.  Considered the world's fastest growing city, it is estimated that there are 90 billion dollars worth of projects being built in Dubai City right this minute.

Using the success of our own Las Vegas as a model that a hostile environment can be tamed to meet man’s will, there is one fairy tale structure after another being built.

Among the accomplishments are the Burj Al Arab Hotel, considered the world’s most expensive and beautiful hotel.  Nearby you can see the Burj Dubai Tower. When it is completed in 2008, it will become the world’s tallest building.  In the middle of the desert you can see the world’s largest theme park being built. Known as “Dubailand”, when finished in 2009 it will feature full size Jurassic Park-style dinosaur recreations among other things.  Or you can visit the world’s biggest ski dome at the Mall of the Emirates. That’s right, they are building a ski slope in the middle of the desert. 

And you can go to the shores of the Persian Gulf and view fantastic man-made islands featuring some of the most expensive houses in the entire world.

Dubai City is definitely something out of a science fiction novel. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought I was making this up!   Recently my friend Carol Gafford sent me some amazing pictures.  Definitely do yourself a favor and go look for yourself!

Dubai is already the home to Burj Al Arab, the world's tallest hotel and to Emirates Towers, the tallest all-residential building in the world.  In 2008 these two structures will be joined by the 'Burj Dubai' which when finished will become the world's tallest building

While the skyline is not so dense, each building is a marvel all on its own.  The individual buildings in this city are by far the greatest examples of modern architectural accomplishments. All seven structures in this city at over 200 meters tall were built in 1999 or later - that's how new this city is.

Dubai City is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf.  It is the capital of Dubai which is one of seven "Emirates" or states that form a country known as the United Arab Emirates.  The 'Emirate of Dubai' is about the size of America's Rhode Island.

Dubai City does not have a particularly long history.  Since it is located in an unbelievably harsh terrain, there have been very few battles fought here since no one wanted any part of this land!

Dubai first gained distinction in the 1800s as a stopover for ships making their way to and from England to India.  Dubai was under the protection of the British Empire until 1971 when Britain left the area peacefully. 

Shortly after, oil was discovered just off the coast. Suddenly Dubai was rich beyond anyone's wildest imagination.  It was like winning the lottery.

Dubai is a very unusual city for many reasons. 

The majority of its population is from "somewhere else".  Citizens of the UAE are in a distinct minority.  Naturally the Muslim religion predominates, but apparently religious tolerance is very high in this area which is rather unusual given the state of the world today.  As a result, people of all religions feel welcome here.

One fascinating part of this bizarre desert city is the unbelievable construction boom.  Since 2000, Dubai's municipality has initiated a plethora of construction phases and plans across the entire city of Dubai.

In many areas, it is not easy to see Dubai's sky without at least one crane in your view; some say 16% of the world's large construction cranes reside in Dubai. Construction in Dubai and the UAE in general is being done at a much faster process than in any Western country. This is partly because laborers from the Indian subcontinent accept lower wages than those from other countries.

Ever since Dubai was flooded by the increase of population during the early days of oil, housing has been difficult to obtain.  That is when the novel idea of building homes on artificial islands out in the middle of the water was developed.  One of the first developments was "Jumeira Palm Island" pictured at right.  Then came "The World", a series of man-made islands with homes that only the mega-rich could ever hope to afford.  Ownership of an island home at "The World" is considered just as desirable as a home in Aspen,  Monaco, and other favorite hangouts of the Rich and Famous. 

The main reason for the construction boom in Dubai is its drive to diversify the economy. The Dubai government does not want to depend on its oil reserves which are largely believed to become exhausted by 2010.  Accordingly Dubai City has diversified its economy to attract revenues in the form of expanding commercial and corporate activity.

Tourism is being promoted at a staggering rate with the construction of Dubailand and other projects that include the making of mammoth shopping malls, theme parks, resorts, stadiums and other various tourist attractions. They even have a ski slope under construction.  The concept seems completely preposterous until one considers a certain city in the USA known as "Las Vegas". 

When you factor in a considerable amount of gambling and prostitution - activities that are practically unthinkable in other Arab countries, the parallels to Las Vegas are inescapable. 


Battle of the Tower Cranes

15% of the world tower cranes are currently in Dubai.


Dubai Extension Airport


World Biggest Ski Dome

Within Mall of Emirates 

Taking a page out of the Jamaican Bobsledding team, do you suppose Dubai intends to field a ski team for the Winter Olympics?  This facility is so preposterous, it just boggles the mind.  Psst - take a look at the lift lines - they are the shortest in the world!  Why?  That's easy - Because no one in Dubai knows how to ski! 


Dubai Marina Project

Jumeirah Beach Residences (40 blocks)


World Largest "Palms"- Jumeirah Palm, Jebel Ali Palm, The World, Deira Palm (Hidden)

In the picture above, you get a wonderful look at the Burj Al Arab Hotel directing below as well as the enormous Jumeirah Palms real estate project that stretches far out into the Persian Gulf.  They must have dumped a lot of sand into the ocean to create something that massive.

Then in the picture directly below, you see another view of The Jumeirah Palms and the Burj Al Arab Hotel (on the far right) from the opposite direction.  You also get a good look at all the skyscrapers.   Take note of the Dubai Marina project as well... they have created a massive canal that stretches for a mile.  Will gondolas be next?

Take another look at the above picture.  It is easy to see "The Palms - Jumeirah", but if you look closely you will see the 
"The World" at the upper center of the picture as well in its beginning stages of development.

Jumeirah Palm (The smallest Palm)


Another Palm: Deira Palm (Largest)

Dubailand Aerial Photo


Disquieting Words regarding Dubai

May 8, 2007:  "
In a thousand years, when the West and East are still rocking along creating value, these Middle East monuments to extravagant wasted wealth will have long ago disappeared into the empty sands. 

Take a hard look at the pictures now for a good example of bad investment.  How many libraries could that have paid for?  How many books could have been translated into Arabic? 

This scenario is reminiscent of how
the Spanish blew their injection of gold and treasure 500 years ago."

Quote from Lester B in an email to Rick Archer


Dubai plans first rotating skyscraper (USA Today)
Posted 11/29/2006

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Arab city with the palm-shaped islands and the sail-shaped hotel is adding to its eclectic skyline by building the world's first rotating skyscraper, a 30-story apartment tower that revolves on its base.

The tower, announced Wednesday, will use the Persian Gulf's abundant sunshine to power the building's slow rotation that brings it full circle once a week, said Nick Cooper, a British engineer designing the rotation mechanism.

"This will be a fair building," said Cooper, of M.G. Bennett and Associates Ltd. of Rotherham, England. "Everybody will have the same views for the same amount of time, so you won't have certain rooms with the best view."

The 80,000-ton building with 200 apartments will sit on a giant bearing 30 yards in diameter, coated with a nearly frictionless polymer, Cooper said. Twenty small electric engines will turn the building a few degrees each hour, Cooper said.

"It will be indexing around on the hour," Cooper said. "It moves very slowly. It's not a theme park ride."

But a theme park's manmade lakes, malls and simulated dinosaur park will be the primary view from the so-called Time Residences. The developer plans to complete the structure by 2009 as a centerpiece in the giant Dubailand amusement park now under construction.

Work on the rotating tower is to begin in June 2007.

Cooper's previous rotating projects include the drill machine that bored the English Channel Tunnel and a rotating rock crushing unit used in giant mining operations.

Dubai has used a slew of announcements of iconic project to generate publicity. Most — but not all — end up being built. The city's three palm shaped islands are in various states of completion. The smallest is nearly finished while construction of the largest has been halted.

Other improbable projects have been scrapped or delayed, including a heavily touted underwater hotel that was canceled.

Plans call for the rotating building to incorporate a swimming pool and a crescent-shaped "moon lounge" on the rooftop, with a theater and observatory.

"Not only will it defy the laws of gravity and momentum, but also it stands to redefine the standards for luxury living in the region and the world," said Tav Singh of Dubai Property Ring.


Dubai, a place that represents what happens when a few people have way, way too much money, is going soon be home to Hydropolis, the world's first underwater luxury hotel.

Costing nearly $590 million to build, the 220-suite hotel should be completed in December.

I don't know about you guys, but every movie I've seen about people living underwater ends with aliens arriving
or a giant squid attacking or the Russians shooting off a nuke or something. I'll stick to staying on dry land, thanks.

Aerial View of the Land-Sea connection to Hydropolis.

(Editor's Note: Bad news. When I researched the Internet for information on the Rotating Skyscraper in March 2007, I found a USA Today article that said,
Other improbable projects in Dubai have been scrapped or delayed, including a heavily touted underwater hotel that was canceled." 

Too bad.  Like the desert ski slope, this underwater hotel was a project the world desperately needed.

World Largest Themepark: Dubai Land (2009)

What on earth is going on over in the United Arab Emirates??

Forward: As I researched for the story about the Sultan's Palace and Dubai City, I stumbled across a fascinating article written by Mike Davis in July 2005 for Mother Jones.  Here is the link to the original article.

If Mike Davis or a representative of Mother Jones objects to my reprint of this story, I will remove it instantly from my web site.
I am simply trying to share an amazing story with as many people as people.)

Before you read the article, how about a jaw-breaking look at the new "Tallest Building in the World"? 

The "Burj Dubai" is scheduled for completion in November 2008.

Burj Dubai Tower - World tallest (2008)

The Narration begins:

As your jet starts its descent, you are glued to your window. The scene below is astonishing: a 24-square-mile archipelago of coral-colored islands in the shape of an almost finished puzzle of the world. In the shallow green waters between continents, the sunken shapes of the Pyramids of Giza and the Roman Coliseum are clearly visible.

In the distance are three other large island groups configured as palms within crescents and planted with high-rise resorts, amusement parks, and a thousand mansions built on stilts over the water. The "Palms" are connected by causeways to a Miami-like beachfront chock-a-block full of mega-hotels, apartment high-rises and yacht marinas.

As the plane slowly banks toward the desert mainland, you gasp at the even more improbable vision ahead. Out of a chrome forest of skyscrapers (nearly a dozen taller than 1000 feet) soars a new Tower of Babel. It is an impossible one-half-mile high: the equivalent of the Empire State Building stacked on top of itself.

You are still rubbing your eyes with wonderment and disbelief when the plane lands and you are welcomed into an airport emporium where hundreds of shops seduce you with Gucci bags, Cartier watches, and one-kilogram bars of solid gold. You make a mental note to pick up some duty-free gold on your way out.

The hotel driver is waiting for you in a Rolls Royce Silver Seraph. Friends have recommended the Armani Hotel in the 160-story tower or the seven-star hotel with an atrium so huge that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside, but instead you have opted to fulfill a childhood fantasy. You always have wanted to be Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Your jellyfish-shaped hotel is, in fact, exactly 66 feet below the sea surface. Each of its 220 luxury suites has clear Plexiglas walls that provide spectacular views of passing mermaids as well as the hotel's famed "underwater fireworks:" a hallucinatory exhibition of "water bubbles, swirled sand, and carefully deployed lighting." Any initial anxiety about the safety of your sea-bottom resort is dispelled by the smiling concierge. The structure has a multi-level failsafe security system, he reassures you, that includes protection against terrorist submarines as well as missiles and aircraft.

Although you have an important business meeting at the Internet City free-trade zone with clients from Hyderabad and Taipei, you have arrived a day early to treat yourself to one of the famed adventures at the Restless Planet dinosaur theme park. Indeed, after a soothing night's sleep under the sea, you are aboard a monorail headed for a Jurassic jungle. Your expedition encounters some peacefully grazing Apatosaurs, but you are soon attacked by a nasty gang of velociraptors. The animatronic beasts are so flawlessly lifelike -- in fact, they have been designed by experts from the British Museum of Natural History -- that you shriek in fear and delight.

With your adrenaline pumped-up by this close call, you polish off the afternoon with some thrilling snowboarding on the local black diamond run. Next door is the Mall of Arabia, the world's largest mall -- the altar of the city's famed Shopping Festival that attracts 5 million frenetic consumers each January -- but you postpone the temptation.

Instead, you indulge in some expensive Thai fusion cuisine at a restaurant near Elite Towers that was recommended by your hotel driver. The gorgeous Russian blond at the bar keeps staring at you with almost vampire-like hunger, and you wonder whether the local sin scene is as extravagant as the shopping?..

The Sequel to Blade Runner?

Welcome to paradise. But where are you? Is this a new science-fiction novel from Margaret Atwood, the sequel to Blade Runner, or Donald Trump tripping on acid?

No, it is the Persian Gulf city-state of Dubai in 2010.

After Shanghai (current population: 15 million), Dubai (current population: 1.5 million) is the world's biggest building site: an emerging dreamworld of conspicuous consumption and what locals dub "supreme lifestyles."

Dozens of outlandish mega-projects -- including "The World" (an artificial archipelago), Burj Dubai (the Earth's tallest building), the Hydropolis (that underwater luxury hotel, the Restless Planet theme park, a domed ski resort perpetually maintained in 40C heat, and The Mall of Arabia, a hyper-mall -- are actually under construction or will soon leave the drawing boards.

A satellite photo of 'Jebel Ali Palm Island,' the second Palm Island to be built off the coast of Dubai. Eventually, three palm-shaped artificial islands will be built in the Dubai area. The first one, 'Jumeira Palm' is almost completed.

Under the enlightened despotism of its Crown Prince and CEO, 56-year-old Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Rhode-Island-sized Emirate of Dubai has become the new global icon of 'imagine'-engineered urbanism.

Although often compared to Las Vegas, Orlando, Hong Kong or Singapore, the sheikhdom is more like their collective summation: a pastiche of the big, the bad, and the ugly. It is not just a hybrid but a chimera: the offspring of the lascivious coupling of the cyclopean fantasies of Barnum, Eiffel, Disney, Spielberg, Jerde, Wynn, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Multibillionaire Sheik Mohammed -- as he's affectionately known to Dubai's expats -- not only collects thoroughbreds (the world's largest stable) and super-yachts (the 525-foot-long Project Platinum which has its own submarine and flight deck), but also seems to have imprinted Robert Venturi's cult Learning from Las Vegas in the same way that more pious Moslems have memorized The Quran. (One of the Sheik's proudest achievements, by the way, is to have introduced gated communities to Arabia.)

Under his leadership, the coastal desert has become a huge circuit board into which the elite of transnational engineering firms and retail developers are invited to plug in high-tech clusters, entertainment zones, artificial islands, "cities within cities" -- whatever is the latest fad in urban capitalism.

The same phantasmagoric but generic Lego blocks, of course, can be found in dozens of aspiring cities these days, but Sheik Mohammed has a distinctive and inviolable criterion: Everything must be "world class," by which he means number one in The Guinness Book of Records. Thus Dubai is building the world's largest theme park, the biggest mall, the highest building, and the first sunken hotel among other firsts.

Sheikh Mohammed's architectural megalomania, although reminiscent of Albert Speer and his patron, is not irrational.

Having "learned from Las Vegas," he understands that if Dubai wants to become the luxury-consumer paradise of the Middle East and South Asia (its officially defined "home market" of 1.6 billion), it must ceaselessly strive for excess.

From this standpoint, the city's monstrous caricature of futurism is simply shrewd marketing. Its owners love it when designers and urbanists anoint it as the cutting edge. Architect George Katodrytis wrote: "Dubai may be considered the emerging prototype for the 21st century: prosthetic and nomadic oases presented as isolated cities that extend out over the land and sea."

Moreover, Dubai can count on the peak-oil epoch to cover the costs of these hyperboles. Each time you spent $40 to fill your tank, you are helping to irrigate Sheik Mohammed's oasis.

Precisely because Dubai is rapidly pumping the last of its own modest endowment of oil, it has opted to become the postmodern "city of nets" -- as Bertolt Brecht called his fictional boomtown of Mahoganny -- where the super-profits of oil are to be reinvested in Arabia's one truly inexhaustible natural resource: sand. (Indeed mega-projects in Dubai are usually measured by volumes of sand moved: 1 billion cubic feet in the case of The World.)

Al-Qaeda and the war on terrorism deserve some of the credit for this boom. Since 9/11, many Middle Eastern investors, fearing possible lawsuits or sanctions, have pulled up stakes in the West. According Salman bin Dasmal of Dubai Holdings, the Saudis alone have repatriated one-third of their trillion-dollar overseas portfolio. The sheikhs are bringing it back home, and last year, the Saudis were believed to have ploughed at least $7 billion into Dubai's sand castles.

Another aqueduct of oil wealth flows from the neighboring Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The two statelets dominate the United Arab Emirates -- a quasi-nation thrown together by Sheik Mohammed's father and the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1971 to fend off threats from Marxists in Oman and, later, Islamists in Iran.

Today, Dubai's security is guaranteed by the American nuclear super-carriers usually berthed at the port of Jebel Ali. Indeed, the city-state aggressively promotes itself as the ultimate elite "Green Zone" in an increasingly turbulent and dangerous region.

Meanwhile, as increasing numbers of experts warn that the age of cheap oil is passing, the al-Maktoum clan can count on a torrent of nervous oil revenue seeking a friendly and stable haven. When outsiders question the sustainability of the current boom, Dubai officials point out that their new Mecca is being built on equity, not debt.

Since a watershed 2003 decision to open unrestricted freehold ownership to foreigners, wealthy Europeans and Asians have rushed to become part of the Dubai bubble.

A beachfront in one of the "Palms" or, better yet, a private island in "The World" now has the cachet of St. Tropez or Grand Cayman. The old colonial masters lead the pack as Brit expats and investors have become the biggest cheerleaders for Sheikh Mohammed's dreamworld: David Beckham owns a beach and Rod Stewart, an island (rumored, in fact, to be named Great Britain).

The utopian character of Dubai, it must be emphasized, is no mirage. Even more than Singapore or Texas, the city-state really is an apotheosis of neo-liberal values.

On the one hand, it provides investors with a comfortable, Western-style, property-rights regime, including freehold ownership, that is unique in the region. Included with the package is a broad tolerance of booze, recreational drugs, halter tops, and other foreign vices formally proscribed by Islamic law. (When expats extol Dubai's unique "openness," it is this freedom to carouse -- not to organize unions or publish critical opinions -- that they are usually praising.)

On the other hand, Dubai, together with its emirate neighbors, has achieved the state of the art in the disenfranchisement of labor. Trade unions, strikes, and agitators are illegal, and 99% of the private-sector workforce are easily deportable non-citizens. Indeed, the deep thinkers at the American Enterprise and Cato institutes must salivate when they contemplate the system of classes and entitlements in Dubai.

At the top of the social pyramid, of course, are the al-Maktoums and their cousins who own every lucrative grain of sand in the sheikhdom. Next, the native 15% percent of the population -- whose uniform of privilege is the traditional white dishdash -- constitutes a leisure class whose obedience to the dynasty is subsidized by income transfers, free education, and government jobs. A step below, are the pampered mercenaries: 150,000-or-so British ex-pats, along with other European, Lebanese, and Indian managers and professionals, who take full advantage of their air-conditioned affluence and two-months of overseas leave every summer.

However, South Asian contract laborers, legally bound to a single employer and subject to totalitarian social controls, make up the great mass of the population. Dubai lifestyles are attended by vast numbers of Filipina, Sri Lankan, and Indian maids, while the building boom is carried on the shoulders of an army of poorly paid Pakistanis and Indians working twelve-hour shifts, six and half days a week, in the blast-furnace desert heat.

Dubai, like its neighbors, flouts ILO labor regulations and refuses to adopt the international Migrant Workers Convention. Human Rights Watch in 2003 accused the Emirates of building prosperity on "forced labor." Indeed, as the British Independent recently emphasized in an exposé on Dubai, "The labour market closely resembles the old indentured labour system brought to Dubai by its former colonial master, the British."

"Like their impoverished forefathers," the paper continued, "today's Asian workers are forced to sign themselves into virtual slavery for years when they arrive in the United Arab Emirates. Their rights disappear at the airport where recruitment agents confiscate their passports and visas to control them"

In addition to being super-exploited, Dubai's helots are also expected to be generally invisible. The bleak work camps on the city's outskirts, where laborers are crowded six, eight, even twelve to a room, are not part of the official tourist image of a city of luxury without slums or poverty. In a recent visit, even the United Arab Emirate's Minister of Labor was reported to be profoundly shocked by the squalid, almost unbearable conditions in a remote work camp maintained by a large construction contractor. Yet when the laborers attempted to form a union to win back pay and improve living conditions, they were promptly arrested.

Paradise, however, has even darker corners than the indentured-labor camps. The Russian girls at the elegant hotel bar are but the glamorous facade of a sinister sex trade built on kidnapping, slavery, and sadistic violence. Dubai -- any of the hipper guidebooks will advise -- is the "Bangkok of the Middle East," populated with thousands of Russian, Armenian, Indian, and Iranian prostitutes controlled by various transnational gangs and mafias. (The city, conveniently, is also a world center for money laundering, with an estimated 10% of real estate changing hands in cash-only transactions.)

Sheikh Mohammed and his thoroughly modern regime, of course, disavow any connection to this burgeoning red-light industry, although insiders know that the whores are essential to keeping all those five-star hotels full of European and Arab businessmen. But the Sheikh himself has been personally linked to Dubai's most scandalous vice: child slavery.

Camel racing is a local passion in the Emirates, and in June 2004, Anti-Slavery International released photos of pre-school-age child jockeys in Dubai. HBO Real Sports simultaneously reported that the jockeys, "some as young as three -- are kidnapped or sold into slavery, starved, beaten and raped." Some of the tiny jockeys were shown at a Dubai camel track owned by the al-Maktoums.

The Lexington Herald-Leader -- a newspaper in Kentucky, where Sheikh Mohammed has two large thoroughbred farms -- confirmed parts of the HBO story in an interview with a local blacksmith who had worked for the crown prince in Dubai. He reported seeing "little bitty kids" as young as four astride racing camels. Camel trainers claim that the children's shrieks of terror spur the animals to a faster effort.

Sheikh Mohammed, who fancies himself a prophet of modernization, likes to impress visitors with clever proverbs and heavy aphorisms. A favorite: "Anyone who does not attempt to change the future will stay a captive of the past."

Yet the future that he is building in Dubai -- to the applause of billionaires and transnational corporations everywhere -- looks like nothing so much as a nightmare of the past: Walt Disney meets Albert Speer on the shores of Araby.

Mike Davis is the author of "Dead Cities" and the forthcoming Monster at the Door: the Global Threat of Avian Influenza (New Press 2005).

Copyright 2005 Mike Davis

This piece first appeared at

Email Received Regarding the Above Story

-----Original Message-----
From: Shams Islam
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:10 PM
Subject: Sheikh Mo?

 You have used 'Mo' for Mohammed referring to Sheikh Mohammed.  It is very offensive to call some one Mo.

Can you please make the necessary change?

Thanks, Shams

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Archer
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 10:43 AM
To: Shams Islam
Subject: RE: Sheikh Mo?

I never used the term 'Mo' myself.  It was part of the article I reprinted.  However, after thinking about your request for a couple weeks, I have decided to follow your advice.  Please check my work and comment if you see any further signs of disrespect.

As far I am concerned, Sheik Mohammed is an amazing visionary.  His achievements in Dubai are so incredible that I consider him to be one of the most talented men on our planet today. He has created a masterpiece that seems more science fiction than reality, yet the pictures prove he has brought the future to the present.

It is certainly not my intention to be disrespectful to a man I admire.

-----Original Message-----
From: Shams Islam
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 1:33 PM
To: Rick Archer
Subject: RE: Sheikh Mo?

Hi Rick,

We are a global nation and thus should be aware of other cultures and religions.   Your actions makes you a global player.

Love your site.

I now live in Dallas, Texas.  I moved to US from Abu Dhabi in 80s and the change over there is unimaginable.

Rick Archer's Note:  I made the requested changes in the article above on October 22, 2007.  Although in my culture this nickname does not seem to offensive, I made the change for one reason - I consider Sheik Mohammed to be a brilliant man.  He is also a visionary of immense talent.  I cannot imagine where the human race would be without men of this ability.  Since I myself feel humbled by the Sheik's accomplishments, I made the change voluntarily to show my respect for this man.  Wherever Sheik Mohammed's name is highlighted, this is one of the ten changes I made.

It is my hope that Sheik Mohammed continues to enjoy health and safety for he does the world a great service.  I also wish him continued success as he attempts to build a peaceful bridge between the cultures of the West and the Arab world.

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