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The New Authoritarianism

After 12 long hours of restless sleep and a whole season of Modern Family, I looked out the right plane window to see the pink hue of the sun rising over an endless stretch of golden sand. As we continued to descend, the flatness became a rolling stretch of dunes until finally, the gleaming, futuristic Dubai skyline emerged. The slim, streamlined Burj Khalifa was instantly recognizable, towering above the rest of the city, a symbol of Dubai’s wealth, glamour, and grandeur.

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