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Old Nov 7th 2008, 1:57 pm
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UK 1956: ‘Saudi has only enough oil to last for the next twenty years.’
Muscat, Oman 1976: ‘This place is finished, what’s it all for? It’s a mushroom city, it’s so plastic. They’re building on sand; it will all collapse in a few years. ’
Bahrain 1979: ‘This place is finished, it has no oil, once it loses its offshore banking monopoly it will collapse. ‘
Kuwait 1981: ‘This place is unreal’ (Had to agree with that one).
Dubai 1972: Dubai Dry Docks. ‘Whaa…? How they gonna compete with Singapore. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1977: Jebel Ali Port. ‘Whaa…? What’s wrong with the port they have now? It has more than enough capacity. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1982: ‘This place is finished, what has it got besides gold-smuggling to India?’
Dubai 1982: ‘Golf course? Grass golf course? Whaa… are they crazy? How can you make a grass golf course in the middle of the desert? They’re wasting their money, it can’t be done.
Dubai 1985; Jebel Ali Free Zone: ‘Whaaa.. ? ‘What company will set up there? Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’ (Update - see also the cities: Humanitarian, Healthcare, Media, Automotive, Internet and Knowledge; the parks: Metal &Commodities, Gold&Diamond and Dubai Industrial and the oasis – Silicone).
Japan 1990: ‘Bust, finished, it will never recover
1998: ‘Mahathir Mohamad? Didn’t he tell the IMF to “shove it” he’ll be sorry; Malaysia will never recover without outside help.
1998: ‘The Asian Tigers? overexposed, down the tube, finished.’
Today: Many comments similar to those preceding.
We can flap our gums, Chicken Little (as a verb) and doomsay as much as we like, the Middle East and its environs will still be around when we are all long gone.
Yes, we are in for harder times – It’s nothing through which many of us haven’t been before - many times. Those without the stomach for it will leave for places where they will feel more secure.
A period of simple readjustment will ensue – Armageddon is still some way off.
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Originally Posted by Alen1 View Post
UK 1956: ‘Saudi has only enough oil to last for the next twenty years.’
Muscat, Oman 1976: ‘This place is finished, what’s it all for? It’s a mushroom city, it’s so plastic. They’re building on sand; it will all collapse in a few years. ’
Bahrain 1979: ‘This place is finished, it has no oil, once it loses its offshore banking monopoly it will collapse. ‘
Kuwait 1981: ‘This place is unreal’ (Had to agree with that one).
Dubai 1972: Dubai Dry Docks. ‘Whaa…? How they gonna compete with Singapore. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1977: Jebel Ali Port. ‘Whaa…? What’s wrong with the port they have now? It has more than enough capacity. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1982: ‘This place is finished, what has it got besides gold-smuggling to India?’
Dubai 1982: ‘Golf course? Grass golf course? Whaa… are they crazy? How can you make a grass golf course in the middle of the desert? They’re wasting their money, it can’t be done.
Dubai 1985; Jebel Ali Free Zone: ‘Whaaa.. ? ‘What company will set up there? Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’ (Update - see also the cities: Humanitarian, Healthcare, Media, Automotive, Internet and Knowledge; the parks: Metal &Commodities, Gold&Diamond and Dubai Industrial and the oasis – Silicone).
Japan 1990: ‘Bust, finished, it will never recover
1998: ‘Mahathir Mohamad? Didn’t he tell the IMF to “shove it” he’ll be sorry; Malaysia will never recover without outside help.
1998: ‘The Asian Tigers? overexposed, down the tube, finished.’
Today: Many comments similar to those preceding.
We can flap our gums, Chicken Little (as a verb) and doomsay as much as we like, the Middle East and its environs will still be around when we are all long gone.
Yes, we are in for harder times – It’s nothing through which many of us haven’t been before - many times. Those without the stomach for it will leave for places where they will feel more secure.
A period of simple readjustment will ensue – Armageddon is still some way off.
Saw that movie, not great but I thought it would have shown in Dubai by now?
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Originally Posted by Alen1 View Post
UK 1956: ‘Saudi has only enough oil to last for the next twenty years.’
Muscat, Oman 1976: ‘This place is finished, what’s it all for? It’s a mushroom city, it’s so plastic. They’re building on sand; it will all collapse in a few years. ’
Bahrain 1979: ‘This place is finished, it has no oil, once it loses its offshore banking monopoly it will collapse. ‘
Kuwait 1981: ‘This place is unreal’ (Had to agree with that one).
Dubai 1972: Dubai Dry Docks. ‘Whaa…? How they gonna compete with Singapore. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1977: Jebel Ali Port. ‘Whaa…? What’s wrong with the port they have now? It has more than enough capacity. Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’
Dubai 1982: ‘This place is finished, what has it got besides gold-smuggling to India?’
Dubai 1982: ‘Golf course? Grass golf course? Whaa… are they crazy? How can you make a grass golf course in the middle of the desert? They’re wasting their money, it can’t be done.
Dubai 1985; Jebel Ali Free Zone: ‘Whaaa.. ? ‘What company will set up there? Who’s gonna use it? They must be crazy.’ (Update - see also the cities: Humanitarian, Healthcare, Media, Automotive, Internet and Knowledge; the parks: Metal &Commodities, Gold&Diamond and Dubai Industrial and the oasis – Silicone).
Japan 1990: ‘Bust, finished, it will never recover
1998: ‘Mahathir Mohamad? Didn’t he tell the IMF to “shove it” he’ll be sorry; Malaysia will never recover without outside help.
1998: ‘The Asian Tigers? overexposed, down the tube, finished.’
Today: Many comments similar to those preceding.
We can flap our gums, Chicken Little (as a verb) and doomsay as much as we like, the Middle East and its environs will still be around when we are all long gone.
Yes, we are in for harder times – It’s nothing through which many of us haven’t been before - many times. Those without the stomach for it will leave for places where they will feel more secure.
A period of simple readjustment will ensue – Armageddon is still some way off.
There are those who feel Japan never has recovered..........
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There are those who feel Japan never has recovered..........
Yes, that is true - compared with her former glory days. But she has weathered (is still weathering) a very long storm; and her citizens - in the main - manage to maintain a decent standard of living.
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Saw that movie, not great but I thought it would have shown in Dubai by now?
RK; get off the stage - NOW!
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RK; get off the stage - NOW!
Why? ,,he's funny.........
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Why? ,,he's funny.........
That's why.
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RK; get off the stage - NOW!
I'm also easily hurt. Sensitive type, you know.
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I'm also easily hurt. Sensitive type, you know.
Harden up a bit.
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6 years ago or thereabouts I walked over the foundations of what is now called the Springs/Meadows, in astonishment my friend and I said to each other, who is gonna live here?

When the Hard Rock opened I was convinced it would go bust becuase it was nearly in Abu Dhabi!!!

how wrong eh !
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6 years ago or thereabouts I walked over the foundations of what is now called the Springs/Meadows, in astonishment my friend and I said to each other, who is gonna live here?

When the Hard Rock opened I was convinced it would go bust becuase it was nearly in Abu Dhabi!!!

how wrong eh !
Yeah! Dubai Park Hotel was, for quite a few years, just a shell (victim of an economic slowdown) in the middle of nowhere; used to hash through it with the Dubai HHH quite often. It’s one of Mo. Bin Suleyam’s places – I heard Hard Rock has not had its liquor licence renewed due to the whole edifice coming down – any confirmation on this?
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Yeah! Dubai Park Hotel was, for quite a few years, just a shell (victim of an economic slowdown) in the middle of nowhere; used to hash through it with the Dubai HHH quite often. It’s one of Mo. Bin Suleyam’s places – I heard Hard Rock has not had its liquor licence renewed due to the whole edifice coming down – any confirmation on this?
the Park changed it's name to the Palm Hotel but is now being flattened, literally! the Hard Rock has been given a slight reprieve no alcohol though.
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Yeah! Dubai Park Hotel was, for quite a few years, just a shell (victim of an economic slowdown) in the middle of nowhere; used to hash through it with the Dubai HHH quite often. It’s one of Mo. Bin Suleyam’s places – I heard Hard Rock has not had its liquor licence renewed due to the whole edifice coming down – any confirmation on this?
I knew I had met you before!!! the hash house harriers!!! were you here in 96?
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I knew I had met you before!!! the hash house harriers!!! were you here in 96?
Yes, been here since 1982.
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