Building on Sand Documentary: BBC World Service

A heads-up on a new documentary show coming up on BBC World Service at the end of the month:

Building On Sand Ep 1/2 New series
Broadcast date: Saturday 30 April 2.05-2.30pm GMT and repeated through the month. The synopsis reads:

Jonathan Glancey looks at whether Dubai can retain its position within the turbulent climate of the Middle East, in this new two-part series.

Dubai is often portrayed as an architectural phenomenon – a cityscape defined by buildings reaching for the stars, including the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa – a building seen by many as symbolic of the way power, money and influence appears to have moved away from the West to newly confident countries in the East.

This documentary examines the foundations of this architectural boom and bust as Jonathan asks whether Dubai has a sustainable policy towards building in one of the harshest environments on Earth.”

Having seen some of this development first hand, this will be an interesting outsiders’ view of the Emirates. AJS

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