Future in the UAE
After the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, I went to the UAE and stayed in the Mankhoul district in Dubai. A huge building was being built nearby and it seemed another shopping mall was to be built after the AlGhurair mall built in Deira in the early 1980s, making economic and social breakthroughs. I pointed at the under-construction building and described it as a ‘future market’. A friend replied that each future soon becomes PAST.
The Burjuman Mall was completed, and by time it became famous worldwide. Influenced by the development of Dubai, the mall owners expanded it to become a huge shopping city similar to other modern malls in the UAE and the rest of the world. The owners then renovated the old section I described as the ‘future market’ years ago.
A few days ago, I visited that section and started reminiscing about my friend’s remarks about future becoming past. I remembered that
Future takes time to become past. Yet, this time is not accurately known as it varies from one place to another
renovation is the nature of this life, that achievement is a constant, nonstop process and that moving towards the future is an endless, restless journey!
Future takes time to become past. Yet, this time is not accurately known as it varies from one place to another. You can stay away from certain countries for long years and return to feel that they had been forgotten by time because everything there remains unchanged. This does not apply in the UAE, where everybody is preoccupied with the future even before it arrives. Ideas and dreams soon become tangible facts there because the future has the ability of turning into the present in UAE the minute one starts talking about it, as the strong will seems to have scrapped the word ‘future’ from dictionaries used there.