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Dubai is almost a prototype for the future. You have a situation where citizenship is replaced by denizenship, where a nationality of labour and finance determines the community. Your identity becomes completely tied up with your viability as a worker. It is a postmodern, post-enlightened city.
A lot of the humanist ideas we are attached to are put in question by Dubai. I think this makes Dubai less an outlier than a forerunner to the West. We are going to be more like Dubai going forward, not less like it. For instance London is already becoming Dubai. Just look how much of the centre of the city is owned by non-domiciled individuals. Europe is a more complex place, of course, but you can see some of this happening.

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