Tough times are upon many of us in many places, but one in particular is Dubai, that formerly glamorous, bustling, ultimate, modern metropolis that promised to outdo all others in bigger, higher and better. The global economic crisis has hit it hard, as projects stall, buildings remain unfinished and expats flee to home and safety. See here for a graphical overview and read this to get more detail. For years, Dubai has been held up as a sterling model of globalization and progress, and the city-state/ emirate continued to believe in its own hype and kept on the spending and building and grand planning. This has been coming to a halt and Dubai’s even had to get some help from its less glamorous and famous fellow UAE emirate Abu Dhabi.