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Probably the perfect icon of Dubai!  Admittedly rather impressive (if obscene wealth is your thing), particularly at night, but beneath the skin you realise what a profligate waste of resources complete with helicopter landing pad...and the air-conditioning bill from hell.  The beach in the foreground is the one they have had to close due to contamination with raw sewage; never mind, you can always stay inside your 7-star cocoon and stare out at the ocean, but why would you want to go to Dubai in the first place, other than to flaunt your wealth?

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