Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dubai and the Red Ball Express

General George Patton and Dubai have one thing in common: the ability to consume real estate rapidly. Thanks in part to the amazing Red Ball Express delivering supplies, the Allied armies were able to move at unprecedented rates through France in 1944. Dubai seems to be constructing buildings at a similar rate.

My recollection is that the only thing that slowed Patton down was a shortage of fuel supplies. The same could eventually occur in Dubai. I stumbled across this post warning that without massive expenditures on new plants there could be more brownouts and blackouts in Dubai. Part of the problem appears to be a shortage of natural gas. I also find it interesting that the possibility of solar energy is being considered as a power source. Given the amount of sun in that part of the world it makes sense even with so much oil in the area.

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