Cleared for take-off – the new shape of the Middle East legal market

Dubai's detractors have had a field day in recent years. The wise man, they pointed out, did not build his house upon the sand. From its heyday in the 2000s, doomsayers forecast the city would collapse and be swallowed up by the desert. That has not happened and, after a painful retrenchment, the Middle East's leading hub is back on the path to growth. With the opening of Terminal 3, Dubai's airport expects 75 million international passengers in 2013, rising to 90 million in 2015. This would catapult it into the lead as the world's busiest airport, dwarfing its closest rivals London Heathrow (65 million), Paris Charles De Gaulle (56 million) and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok (53 million).

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