Following the first panel discussion was a case study by Ignacio Gomez, partner, Godwin Austen Johnson Architects. Gomez noted Dubai’s growth as a cosmopolitan city and compared its development to that of other major cities like Manhattan and Miami. By creating a timeline that highlights each city’s most influential period of time, Gomez pointed out that Dubai’s influential period of time will exist in the next couple of years.
Gomez said: “Is Dubai the Manhattan of the 21st century? Why limit yourself to one option when you can have everything. Dubai is not only the manhattan of the 21st century, but also the Miami and the Zurich.
“Dallas, Miami and New York all had their periods, now the future is next. The mixture of art and culture.”