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The Times drops a routine check-in on the land of rotating skyscrapers: “This is the new Wall Street — it’s the center of gravity,” said Fares Noujaim, Merrill Lynch’s new president of the company’s business in the Middle East and North Africa, pointing up at the main building of the Dubai International Financial Center that covers the sky above him. Called the Gate, it seems more a giant slab of modern art than an office building...“Look at all this growth,” said Mr. Noujaim, as he sat immobile in a traffic jam in Riyadh last month, surrounded by skyscrapers, some recently completed, others still under construction. “This could be America 100 years ago.” [NYT]