Thanks, Gas, I wasnt sure where to put it.. Yeah, interesting place this, and a lot safer than your average American city. As for the developments, very interesting. Yeah, the ski slope is one, part of a mall, but the biggest mall of the middle east (1 km square) is still under construction. Will feature the largest acrylic panel in its aquarium, biggest this, biggest that.. Two manmade islands (Palm-shaped), with a third one just starting.. Number of islands offshore made, in the shape of the world.. They're trying very hard to work on their image.
And as far as 'I would not go to the middle east' - the middle east is big - if there are fights in New York, does it bother you in LA? Almost same sort of distances - all troubles are in the north of the ME - Iraq and Israel areas, which are a few thousand km from here.