If one location in the Gulf region is the poster boy for building big, it's Dubai.
The Burj Khalifa - all 163 stories of it - pierces the city's sky and manages to make nearby 50-story towers seem diminutive. Little here appears built on a human scale and the quest for superlatives is the norm: The world's most-visited shopping attraction (the Dubai Mall), the world's tallest building, the world's highest fountain …
Nobody does it bigger: Construction continues apace in Dubai.
If the 2009 global financial crisis caused many projects in the Emirate to stall, new rules and consolidation of developers over the last few years have seen construction continue apace. Government figures from 2012 show that over 467,000 people were working in the construction industry in Dubai; the population is around 2.2 million.
According to Ventures Middle East, construction contracts for 2015 are projected to be around $50 billion, almost double what they were two years ago.
Dubai will host Expo 2020, which will fill in a huge swath of the desert near the new Al Maktoum airport, and many developers have seen it as a boost to other projects and investment in the city.
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Even though Dubai International Airport is one of the world's largest buildings measured by floor space, it can still feel
like an airport in constant catch-up mode, bursting at the seams.
In 2013, its 66.5 million passenger movements made Dubai the world's second busiest international airport after Heathrow
- and it's on target to take the number-one spot in 2015.
By 2020, the airport predicts passenger traffic to pass the 100-million mark. Much of that success is down to location.
"A third of the world's population lives within four hours' flight time. Stretch that to eight hours flying and you lasso another third,"
says Julius Baumann, corporate communication manager for Dubai Airports.