“Grief can only be suppressed by making other people happier” Old Arab proverb published in “Politika” News, Annex for Culture and Arts, Belgrade; on 14th of April 2018 Desert and Aladdin’s lamp Abu Dhabi is a synonym for sparkling glow, for consumerism, for a fresh-grown town; but for more experienced and professionals it surprises continuously in many segments, from a really good strategy to the fantastic result. Even three, four decades ago, the desert and the modest settlement of poor shell collectors, it emerged, seems at first glance, just magically — as from Aladdin’s lamp. A fairy tale in which a bigger and a smaller ghosts from the lamp and the ring fulfill the wishes of the poor; in the Arab world traditionally refers to always needed wealth (a symbol — golden jars) or green gardens (in the desert requiring constant irrigation from rare oasis). As some fruits from the ghosts of the lamp and the ring, Abu Dhabi, just near Dubai have been raised by the shores of the Bay of Gulf as a result of the ambitious dream of one visionary ruler. After the legend, this ruler — founder first gained important life experience: he lived with the Bedouins in the desert, learning the secrets of survival in harsh conditions, and later, in the oasis of Al Ain, the rare spot with water source he formed the first camel trade center. Thus, relying truly on traditional rules, he dreamed how to achieve his perfect, happy and fortunate city.

Attractivness of Cities: Four colors of Islam
Attractivness of Cities: Four colors of Islam
Eva Vanista Lazarevic

Eva Vanista Lazarevic

Professor, PhD in architecture; Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade, Serbia; Practicing architect; www.atelierevl.com