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Dubai mirrors Vancouver in Maraya

By Robin Laurence Georgia Straight December 6, 2011 Exhibition at Centre A until December 17 Seven years ago, during a visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Trevor Boddy made a fascinating discovery. The Vancouver-based architectural critic observed that the Dubai Marina, an immense luxury development situated on a man-made body of water in the Arabian desert, was being consciously modelled on the look, if not the spirit, of the north shore of Vancouver’s False Creek. From the tall, thin residential towers with townhouses, restaurants, and shops at their bases to the seawall walk paved with rosy bricks and bordered by curving metal handrails, the Dubai Marina mimics much of False Creek’s post-Expo 86 appearance. Read the full article at: http://www.straight.com/article-557386/vancouver/dubai-mirrors-vancouver-maraya