Last night I watched a story on HDNet about Ski Dubai. The story covered the hurdles that the engineers faced putting a full alpine ski resort in Dubai. If you don’t know, Dubai is in the middle of the desert in the United Arab Emirates. Yes there is now snow in the desert. But we shouldn’t be surprised; Dubai is also where The World resort (pictured) was built at a cost of $14 billion USD. The World is a resort of 300 man made islands that are off the coast of Dubai (pictured). Dubai also boasts the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, at a cost of $4 billion USD and $20 billion USD for the entire city project it encompasses. There is also the world’s only underwater hotel the Hydropolis – it will cost some $7,000 per night to stay there. To reach the hotel you (not me – I can think of better things to spend $7,000 on) you’ll travel via a clear tunnel.
Once the amazement wears off all this just makes you wonder about misplaced objectives . The TV shows that detail the development of these wonders, focus on the engineering feats being accomplished. And while they are amazing, it’s hard not to be awestruck by the amazing waste of money, intelligence, resources, and passion. Think about it – it’s as if they are literally building these wonders using money instead of concrete and steel. Think about how obnoxious that kind of display is. Think about it. What if your neighbor was heating their home by burning cash?
Think about the energy it takes to keep this snow frozen so the rich can ski.
Think about how this effort could have been spent towards technology to help poor farmers in impoverished countries farm their lands.
Think about all the people that can’t afford to eat in this world.
Oh it must be amusing as hell to hear an American decry the waste. America, a country where we are eating ourselves to death. One look at Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or New York City and you won’t strain to find these same excesses. That doesn’t mean they were right then. I guess every dog has it’s day, and it’s beginning to seem as if our day is coming to an end.
Power and control in this world follow the money – and right now that isn’t in the United States. No army is going to fix that.