Abu Dhabi: Too fast, too curious
Abu Dhabi’s ambitious development plans are attracting investors worldwide. But Mishaal Al Gergawi asks if the emirate’s residents understand the consequences of drastic growth.
October 22, 2009 4:01 by Mishaal Al Gergawi
If Dubai’s nationals, who had historically been fishermen and traders – trades that demanded interaction with others – found the emirate’s development bewildering, how will Abu Dhabi’s nationals, who historically were farmers and sheep herders – trades that demanded little interaction with others – find their city’s development?
In short, Abu Dhabi may have attracted the world’s attention with its development plans, but it still needs the backing of its own people. Some might say that’s already occurred; humor me, and let’s just make sure.