At last here they are, but I have a point to make with them.
There are often comparisons made between Dubai and Singapore, with some justification because there are similarities.
Both are in ideal central locations to bridge parts of the world together, both are commercial centres, the commercial base is changed to meet changing situations and demands, both are authoritarian, they're amongst the safest cities in the world.
They're also similar in that they have 'iconic' (how I hate that word) buildings.
As in Dubai, there are plenty of shopping malls in Singapore too, a whole row of them side-by-side on Orchard Road for example.
I know I keep on about preserving what little there is of historic, or even old, Dubai, but it's the heart and soul of a place.
On my earlier posts regretting that old Dubai wasn't being preserved several comments were posted which argued that they needed to be demolished.
For example: I think we have to demolish all the old villas as it is not save for living; sanitary system of Satwa is worst compare to any other city in dubai. By demolishing, new building structure is taking place, which is more hygienic, fire protective, accommodate more number of people etc.
I've never agreed with insanitary conditions, unsafe buildings, inadequate infrastructure. It should all go.
My point is that things can be renovated. Power and water can be piped in, buildings repaired and renovated. Bastakiya in the city is a good example of what can be done.
Some years back Singapore was going in the same direction. Everything was being torn down and replaced with modern high-rise and malls. The PM talked about the shame of tourists coming to see people living in run-down houses.
Then they woke up to the fact that they were destroying their history, their heritage, their heart and soul. So the policy changed and whole areas were renovated instead of being demolished.
The famous Bugis Street had to make way for a Metro station but they rebuilt it a few metres away. Shophouses on the river in the centre of the city have been renovated and it's now a thriving dining and entertainment district.
So here are a few photographs of some of the buildings which were saved, renovated and given a new lease of life. Which add immeasurably to the city's look, feel and culture.
From the roaring twenties some Art Deco buildings have been preserved, with their memories of tea dances and early cinema