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Dubai

BY KEVIN JONES

Are we there yet?

View from Burj Khalifa of the towers near Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Photo by Christian van Elven.

In Dubai, anything can happen-certainly when compared with the rest of the stern and strife-weary Middle East. The region's former grandes dames—Cairo, Tehran, Beirut—may well contest Dubai's claim to being a cultural beacon, just as the West cynically dismisses it as frivolous and hollow. Yes, Dubai is an upstart, bristling with impatience and impertinence. Its art infrastructure was fast-tracked into existence in a matter of years, a sprint that

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