Dubai - A Superficial City
With all the UAE’s grandeur and marketing to attract people to Dubai, there is one thing that separates this city from all the others of the world - it was fabricated. Like an assembly line of goods in a manufacturing plant, all the buildings were constructed within a matter of a few years..
Dubai's manmade islands, buildings and skyscrapers were based on a craving for western dollars, rather than from any pride of architectural history, of which there is none; unless you consider the Arab nomads who roamed the area to have an influence on Dubai's modern architecture. To say most likely 'not' would be an understatement.
Dubai: A city with an architectural history that is as insignificant as the sand it was built on.
(Pixaby, Creative Commons)
An example of how a real city develops would be Eurpoe's 18th century Victorian era, which was built upon layers of cultures from previous times. The Victorian building's irregular roofs were based on the Medieval European architecture that superseded it. The medieval cathedrals of the Gothic age were an inspiration for Victorian era architects as well.
New York City and Chicago have hundreds of years of architectural history, where one building that was constructed in 1880 sits next to an ultra modern skyscraper of today.
Dubai cannot make this claim and subsequently, it is a city that has no historical significance. A baseless architectural history with buildings that were manifested through greed instead of culture.