Dubai’s Sheikhs have claimed it’s the eighth wonder of the world and seen from space the tree-shaped sand and rock formation of the Palm Jumeirah looks exactly that. It’s just one of the amazing man-made structures that has turned Dubai into the fastest growing place on earth. It has the most luxurious hotel in the world, the tallest building on Earth, the world’s biggest airport, a covered ski slope in the middle of the desert and an enormous theme park. But the most ambitious project is the building of an aritificial archipelago whose islands have been sculptured to form various shapes – a palm tree, a world map, a half moon. Building these islands will increase the Emirate’s coastline from 70-kilometres to over 1,000. Dubai’s property speculation and building fever is astonishing. But there is a darker side with many illegal foreign workers from India, Bangladesh and so on living in atrocious conditions. They are there to work in the construction industry.