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Asian Migration and Global Cities

Anne Cong-Huyen, Jonathan Young Banfill, Katherine Herrera, Samantha Ching, Natalie Yip, Thania Lucero, Randy Mai, Candice Lau, Authors

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Within the last 30 years Dubai has evolved into the city we now know today. From a vast empty desert space, to the luxurious and glamorous city that the world beholds as the modern Dubai. The city has Islamic origins, and now introduces itself as being a modern and renowned Middle Eastern city. However, the origins of the Dubai can be traced back to 1833 when a group of 800 members from the tribe that ruled Abu Dhabi, migrated and settled in Dubai. Along with the help of the British, Maktoum bin Buti ruled Dubai from 1833 to 1852, and all of the rulers that have come after him are direct descendants of the Maktoum family. In the 19th century the pearl industry was the main staple of the economy. After the great depression the city began to lose its pearl industry, and in 1966 oil was discovered. Consequently oil began to be used to maintain the economy as well the local merchant community who had networks with international contacts. In 1971 the British decided to part from Dubai, and the city become part of the United Emirate States. Dubai's Oil has since ran out, and it is now trying to sustain its economy on tourism and foreign investors. A very fast-paced and futuristic city Dubai claims that it is the new “greatest city in the world”. Like many Middle Eastern cities, Dubai also has an image of mystery and adventure which has been exhibited through literature works, and films. Dubai attracts wealthy individuals from Western countries, but it also draws on its Islamic origins to attract Muslim migration through the concept of a modern Muslim city . While it is a relatively new city, the city contains works of literature and architectural art. 

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The Making of the "Greatest City on Earth": 

Dubai in the 19th century was a pearl diving city, a very different city from what it is today. The skyscrapers and the luxurious malls and hotels were not always a part of the city. This video explores how Dubai became a city of luxury. Engineers in Dubai work against nature to produce skyscrapers, and the infrastructure that the city needs to survive. Dubai is literally a city that has and continues to fight against nature to become "the Greatest City on Earth."  

By: Thania Lucero 

The Dubai We Know Today:    

Dubai sells itself on the concepts of 'luxury' and 'opulence', the ideal place for fun and entertainment, where the richest of the richest can live and play.The following video show a glimpse of the brand that Dubai has formulated for itself by including a mix of infrastructure, attractions, and a city that attracts the richest people on earth. Dubai is such a tourist-oriented city, a lot of its public media and branding focuses on attracting tourists from all over the world mostly from wealthy Western countries. This video highlights the main tourist attractions in Dubai that creates a desire in many individuals to want to experience Dubai.

By: Katherine Herrera 
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