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In pictures: Dubai

Jebel Ali Palm Island

Customers inspect a model of Jebel Ali Palm Island - one of the ambitious construction projects under way.

The Burj Al Arab hotel

The seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel has become one of Dubai's most recognisable symbols.

Tennis helipad

In February this year in a publicity stunt, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played on the hotel's helipad.

Tennis helipad

A number of balls were lost.

Tiger Woods

Sport is an important factor - here Tiger Woods play in the first round of the 2004 Dubai Desert Classic.

Horse race

Morning trackwork at the Nad Al Sheba racetrack a day before the US$6 million Dubai World Cup.

Football

But it's not all riches. Here boys play in a poor neighbourhood where people live in makeshift homes.

Financial area

Dubai's financial section - part of the city's bid to become the region's financial hub.

Ski slope

The manager and the polar bear mascot of the Ski Dubai complex as they prepared for their first ski season last month.

Ski slope from outside

The 400m-long ski slope as seen from outside. It's the first in the Middle East, and the world's third largest.





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