However he shows an alarming lack of information about Dubai and the UAE.
Dubai, in fact is oil-poor and the UAE as a whole has been relying more on tourism and services rather than oil to sustain itself.
In fact, Dubai's non-oil GDP grew by 21% in 2006 (www.zawya.com) and oil is expected to account for only 30% of the UAE's GDP by 2010 (www.uaeinteract.com).
Dubai has an acute transport problem, and bridges are a necessity to solve this - that is why Dubai is also building a metro, with numerous "forgotten" bridges as well.
I see no reason why new bridges can't be made to look good - and break world records. I also see no correlation between high oil prices and that new bridge in Dubai.
Mohamad Al-Dah, Mohamad.firstname.lastname@example.org