United Arab Emirates

Millions of dollars donated by the United Arab Emirates are being used to fund the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado in 2011. The handouts represent a "remarkable shift in global economic power."
Feb 19, 2013   The Washington Post
The new "Sex and the City" movie was set -- but not shot -- in Abu Dhabi. Now officials there are trying to decide whether or not to release the film to local audiences, as the city tries to control its brand and image.
May 18, 2010   Associated Press
This oped from <em>The National</em> calls for increased attention to the streetscapes of the United Arab Emirate, specifically the lack of non-palm trees and seating.
Apr 1, 2010   The National
The world's tallest building is now open in Dubai. Christopher Corbett takes you up to the 124th floor. Exclusive
Jan 21, 2010  By Christopher Corbett
All the architectural wonders of Dubai don't overshadow the city-state's poor urban planning, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Jan 11, 2010   Chicago Tribune
The Burj Khalifa has opened in Dubai. Now, locals say, the development of the city's public life must begin.
Jan 7, 2010   The National
Burj Dubai (now renamed as the Burj Khalifa), the world's tallest building, opened today in Dubai. But with the recent credit crunch and economic recession, the extravagant monument to boom times sits mostly empty.
Jan 4, 2010   Los Angeles Times
The booming desert city of Dubai had ridden high in recent years, but the downturn in the economy has stalled the ambitiously expanding city. Christopher Corbett, an American planner who's worked in the region for years, offers an introduction to Dubai that goes beyond the hype to reveal a vibrant and fascinating city at a very strange time in its history. Exclusive
Dec 3, 2009  By Christopher Corbett
After years of spectacular growth and even more spectacular architecture, the city state of Dubai is facing crushing debts and has requested a 6-month "standstill" on its repayments.
Nov 30, 2009   Huffington Post
The World, the artificial islands being constructed off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a global map, has been officially canceled.
Sep 28, 2009   The Times
The new Dubai Metro rail system recently began operations in the desert city. Christopher Corbett, an American planner who's been living and working in Dubai, takes us on a visual tour. Exclusive
Sep 21, 2009  By Christopher Corbett