Dubai, Party of One
Winning the Middle East’s World Festival and Event City of the year would mean so much more if the entire Middle East wasn't upturned in a revolutionary muddle.
October 31, 2011 5:03 by kippreport
When Kipp heard that Dubai has won an award, the first thing that popped into our heads was: ‘good for them!’—it is been some time since the city has received positive attention, much less, accolades. And what award was it? Well, according Emirates 24/7, “Dubai has been named the Middle East’s ‘2011 World Festival and Event City’ by the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). The announcement was made earlier this month during the 56th Annual IFEA Convention and Expo in Fort Worth, Texas, US.”
Now ordinarily, Kipp would be just a little indifferent if not a little impressed—the timing is just too bad, though. It hardly seems a competition well-won given the state of the most of the region this year. Kipp is willing to bet Egypt would have given Dubai at least a run for its money had it not been busy turning over a new chapter in its political history. And then of course there are the tribal clashes in North Africa and the human rights debacle in the Levant. Again, it’s great to see Dubai making some headway but it’s just a tad hard to appreciate a pageant award like this when the strong contenders were competing in a whole different level of battles; much like winning a beauty contest, where other contestants fell ill and you were crowned by default. But hey, a victory is a victory…uh, right?