Dubai, Dubai - The Scandal and The Vice in Politics Posted April 7, 2005 There is thus a real risk that Dubai is indeed the new New York, and like New York â€“ itself a symbol of brash materialism and licence - it too will be targeted by those in its shadow. The bubble shows little sign of bursting yet, though burst it might â€“ literally â€“ if Wahhabi extremists decide to do something evil and spectacular. Walking around the streets of Dubai at night, or gazing down on the city from the cocktail lounge in Emirates Towers, one can't help think, however, that Sheikh Mohammed's project has reached the point beyond which it would survive adversity, as New York has done. Just like New York, it is a melting pot, a point on the globe where people meet, work hard and play hard. It has a soul, not altogether a spotlessly clean one, but a soul nevertheless. All it needs now is a bespectacled, immigrant from Iraq telling self-deprecating jokes about sex, and survival is guaranteed. This is indeed a false analogy that has no legs. This author should know that terror is precisely the price of hegemony. Itâ€™s the weapon of the week. To my knowledge Wahabism is not a week ideology in the Gulf. And thereâ€™s no dominating power emanating from these week emirates.