Dubai aims for 140m visitors a year

May 12: Dubai's growth in the past few decades has been phenomenal: a 21st century city that has risen from the sand in less than fifty years with no signs of slowing down. The continued pace of construction of five-star hotels, luxury properties, state-of-the-art conference venues and enormous shopping centres is a sign of the city's efforts to position itself as the first choice destination for business and leisure travellers from around the world. But is such ambition environmentally and economically sustainable? And does such frenzied development threaten the city's ability to provide visitors with the high level of service for which it has become known? Roger Blitz visits the emirate and reports on a city that knows no limits.