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Modernity scales the heights Two of the world's top 20 tallest buildings are under construction in Dubai. What is the connection with a company that sells water to the Welsh? ; letter from dubai

It is as hot and humid as everyone said it would be. Arriving in Dubai City in the early hours of the morning, you get the momentary false impression on leaving the plane that the heat is coming from the aircraft engines. At least the time difference pretty much eliminates jet lag. The usual bliss to arrive at an air-conditioned hotel, however much one is supposed to argue for stack-effect ventilation. Everything here seems to be a/c with a vengeance: cars, restaurants, offices, hotels. ...


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