Dubai is the 21th Century Vienna!


I don’t think there is anywhere in the world as exciting to live in as in Dubai today. The city transformed itself in the past two decades and emerged as one of the top global hubs. It is competing in all matrices and rapidly progressing to either close the gap in certain fields with leading cities or strengthening its lead others. It left near zero room for doubts with the steady outstanding performance and growth which is unmatched in recent history. And that’s only the beginning of the story.

Don’t be mistaken, Dubai is not the spoiled child of modern days, but more of a crown prince who knows his privileges, respects his legacy and all set for greatness. It has it all. With a leadership that doesn’t accept less than number 1, a strong heritage of culture that ruled the world in the past, big financial means, and a time where technological advances opened the door wide for real disruptions in all walks of life. And while the world might stand still in awe of these changes, in awe of the exponential growth these technologies promise, people of Dubai are well prepared and ready to lead.

And it has goals, a clear set ones. My personal favorite is the 10x initiative that aims to always keep Dubai 10 years ahead of other world cities. An ambitious goal, don’t you think? It might be, but most probably and with the exponential growth current scientific breakthroughs promise, it might be a reserved one. I would say, if it keeps on doing what it is currently doing, Dubai is set to be 100 years ahead of other world cities. Watch it!

Vienna might have been the pride of the world in the early days of the past century, it was set for greatness back then with its location at the center of the heights of the European’s civilization. With its openness and cultural mix, Vienna gave us legends in music, arts, philosophy and science. It gave us Freud, Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt and Mendel (to name few). It gave us psychoanalysis and the markers of today’s economy. Today, Dubai hosts a mix of more than 200 nationalities, its cultural mix is well equipped to innovate, produce, and set the blue print of our future. It will not only build the next world tallest tower, but will also reimagine communities, redefine happiness, and set new standards on how life should be.

With Dubai’s “Museum of The Future” near completion, the city is set to embrace talents which will both imagine our future life and make it come true. How exciting is that?

* Photo Credit to Visit Dubai

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Our Habits, our Traditions… and our imaginations!


“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein

Another tip from the idea book.

Learn to ignore what you have learnt

How many of us can do that?

Fosbury did. He was a high jumper and medicine student. He participated in the Mexico Olympics in 1968. The point of the high jump is to jump over a horizontal bar. The one jumping the highest is the winner. At that time, there were two ways of jumping over the bar: Dive over or Hurdle over.

Forsbury began to study how the human body works, and realized that the smartest way of jumping over a high bar is not diving or hurdling but in fact jumping with his back to the bar!

BUT how much creativity is appreciated in our culture?

People have this tendency of sticking to familiar things. New ideas and ways of thinking do threaten the norms that people made peace with and are accustomed to. In Europe they had the tendency to burn creative women at stake and call them witches. They might have break off this kind of mentality as the human perspective matured and realized the importance of creativity for the progress of human being societies.

but what about us? How much are we still bind to that way of thinking? Doesn’t *our culture* consider *our habits* and *our traditions* SACRED?

“An idea is fragile” Charle Browe said… “It can be killed by a scornful smile or yawn. It can be mowed down by irony and scared to death by a cold look”

How does a new idea stand against a culture that demonize innovation and trash creativity? Is this part of why we are trailing behind other nations at this point of time where there are much restrictions on our imaginations that kills any attempt of bringing up new things that help us progress?

Would our new generation break up from the bondage of our current culture and fly in the sky of their imaginations?