Dubai* is in the news because it's defaulting ("postponing") payment on $60 billion in loans.
So I though I'd fly over the place in Google Earth.
I recommend you do the same. Just fly to "Dubai" and zoom out and you'll quickly find the man-made Palm Islands. Hunt around for the monorail track, the aquatic park, the giant hotel, and the range of homes/apartments, and ... lots of still empty sand.
It's unfrickin' believable.
* Edit: Turns out it is Dubai World, a private company.
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