RISING OUT OF THE DESERT, framed by the world’s tallest building and another built like a giant sail over the sea, Dubai dumbfounds the first-time visitor. The eyes see a phoenix, a contemporary city of the future, while visitors tour canals in abras, traditional wooden boats. Not far away, men dressed in white attend a camel race. It seems at first like Disney’s latest and greatest project. How did this city get here, and who built it?
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ABU DHABI AT THE HEIGHT of summer. The temperature nudges 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s too hot to go anywhere or do anything — you would think. But starting next year there will be a fresh option for long-suffering parents to relieve their kids of sweltering boredom. Dress them up in winter coats, gloves and hats and let them play in the snow.