Dubai developer’s ambitious plans revealed as SimCity screengrabs, but says they are still determined to make it a reality
We don’t know what the Arabic is for chutzpah, but the people at developers Visionary Property appear to have it. According to local reports, the “futuristic urban hub combining business, retail, residential and visitor attractions and facilities”, which was due to be home to 40,000 people by 2017 in a “unique, eco-aware and designer city”, was actually images taken from the computer game SimCity.
They launched the 20 million square foot project, with space for 20 5-star hotels, at the CityScape exhibition in Dubai last weekend. But Dubai Metro City, as it is due to be called, was not, as developers claimed, a creation from “the world’s most renowned architects”, but from a game that costs £14.99 in the shops, the object of which is to found and develop a city, then keep its citizens happy and prosperous.
After the source of the images was noticed by visitors, the company admitted its mistake but said: “we’re still determined to make this iconic project a reality should anyone be interested in investing.” Er, we’ll get back to you on that.
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by Christopher Nye, editor, OPP magazine