This is the remains of what would have been a flyover leading on to the Jebel Ali Palm Island, which, along with Deira Palm Island, is one of the two abandoned palm tree shaped offshore developments that didn’t get beyond the earthworks, but are still visible from space.
Mildly reminiscent of the Easter Island figures, or the many stone henges in the UK, these monoliths have become part of Dubai’s own archealogical heritage. When one considers the accelerated context in which each epoch of this city’s history has occurred, it’s not an unreasonable analogy.
Already there is talk here of a new property bubble developing. It just goes to show, where the hunger for easy money is concerned there’s no room for the old maxim ‘Once is a mistake. Twice is stupidity.’
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Note from the editor: this photograph is part of a series called “Consumption” that seeks to document consumerism’s impact on the environment. From resource extraction and commodity production all the way down the supply chain to retail stores and waste processing facilities, Richard artfully examines what nature has come to mean in a world that depends on buying stuff.