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An illusion of freedom

Dubai facilitates a comfortable, lethargic lifestyle – at least just comfortable enough to avoid a proliferation of fertile culture.

Had it not been the home of a close friend, the flashing lights and fast cars probably wouldn't have been alluring enough to make me go to Dubai.
These lights spellbound during my first visit there last winter. I was attracted to the city's ambitious yet quiet radiance that seemed to shine around the multicultural, free-spirited collection of people without tax liabilities. In a way, they seemed to be streamlined through the system's rare spontaneity, such as home delivery of extra hummus and cigarettes at 02.00.
During a warm and warm evening stroll along Burj Khalifa Road, I was left wondering why I choose to live in a country where you have to work actively for a quarter of a year to avoid winter depression. My Dubai-tired girlfriend gave me a resigned look back.
Then the illusion broke, also for me. During the week's stay, I understood that an active work towards something, anything, is vital. Dubai is meticulously designed to facilitate a comfortable,. . .

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