Shifting sands: Dubai’s growth as a dest...

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We are now coming up to The World islands, with the South America group up ahead and Japan off to the right.” ­Thiago, from Brazil, is piloting the new Airbus helicopter, a black Eurocopter AS350 B3 Squirrel to be exact, with such deftness and insouciance it feels like I’m in a giant toy. Taking off from Dubai Festival City, we pass first over Bur Dubai and Deira, which from the air make Dubai now look like a fully developed city. The bend in Dubai Creek looks for a second like London’s River Thames. Then, rounding The Palm and heading back over Jumeirah towards the Burj Khalifa, the long, endless wide roads and giant villas remind me of Los Angeles.

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