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Chapter79EngineeringtheEmirates:TheEvolutionofaNewEnvironmentPernillaOuis79.1IntroducingtheRiddleFewplacesonthisearthhaveshownsucharemarkabledevelopmentinashorttimespanastheUnitedArabEmirates(UAE).Todaythecountryistheleadingsiteforthelatestultramodernarchitectureandrevolutionarylandscapingapplyingthemostup-to-datetechnology.Anindexofthisdevelopmentisthatoverathirdoftheworld’scranesarefoundintheemirates,afactoftenproudlymentionedintheirpublicdiscourse.Anumberofmegaengineeringprojectsareimplementedatthemoment.Absolutelynothingseemsimpossiblehere!Itisaparadiseforenthusiasticdevelopersandinvestors,andforexpertssuchasengineersandarchitectsseekingchallenges.AsahumanecologistIaminterestedinhuman-environmentalrelationships.InmythesisIcompletedastudyintheUAEonthethemethatisbestexpressedinaneasysloganas“modernizingnature–naturalizingmodernity”(Ouis,2002a).BasedonthisthesisandthemostrecentmegaengineeringprojectsintheUAE,theriddleinthispaperis:Howisitpossiblethatthemega-projectsintheUAEarepre-sent...