I see that I made the above post to sciforums when Dubai was struggling in 2009. It made quite a comeback, but the road has always seemed strewn with hazard. Now the tourists have stopped coming, the residents have begun leaving, property prices are falling, its "world" islands are unoccupied and silting up, and its debts are probably unpayable. How bad can things get? Or maybe someone has some good news . . .