And if you're into boats and yachting, then Dubai's for you. Made for you, to be exact-dredged and bulldozed and landscaped into island neighborhoods sculpted in shapes bizarre and yet strangely familiar. Three island chains are being constructed out in the shallow waters of the Gulf which, when viewed from outer space, resemble the fronds of a palm tree and a miniature view of the world. These, coupled with an equally ambitious canal system being cut deep into the desert, will rival Florida's Intracoastal Waterway and its harbor developments in size, and, eventually, it would seem, outdo the Miami-Palm Beach-Lauderdale skyline in terms of infrastructure and prestige-especially when you factor in the news that neighbors Qatar, Bahrain and Oman are also going to build residential islands off their coasts, in the shapes, respectively, of a pearl, a crescent, and a wave. Think of a marina biosphere, a watery, gated community/aquatic theme park as big as a small country-that is a small country-populated by celebrities and multimillionaires and those who serve them.