Dubai has a tragic and all-too-well-established precedent to overcome.
This weekend, the Yahoo! News 60 Minutes page published a profile of Dubai and it’s visionary monarch.
What’s most interesting about this Mideast country is how much it sounds like other Mideast countries – Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan farther to the north.
Just like these three were not so long ago, Dubai is a monarchy. And just as its predecessors were, it is currently a monarchy headed by a sheik who seems to have a genuine interest in progress – economic, social, etc. Consequently, Dubai is prospering – as had Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
I have often heard Iranians, Iraqis, and Afghans speak longingly of their past – of the prosperity they enjoyed in the 1970s.
Within the past 30 years, each of those countries were ruled by monarchs who brought in progress – built roads, buildings, infrastructure, better schools and hospitals, on and on. And each time, that progress was hampered by political upheaval – the toppling of the monarchy – and led to years of decline.
This is an oversimplification of the complicated social, economic, and political currents that precipitated events in each of these countries. Nevertheless, Dubai has a tragic and all-too-well-established precedent to overcome.