By Staff

A major British TV channel devoted one hour for a documentary on Dubai telecast on Tuesday, describing it as “one of the most dynamic cities on the planet” and saying it will not only survive the credit crunch but will thrive.

Well-known British TV presenter Piers Morgan travelled to Dubai and visited almost every place in the city of more than 2 million people, met businessmen and many others before coming to the conclusion that the city would hot have reached that distinct status without the efforts of late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and his son Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

“They don’t want to be number two but No. 1,” Morgan said at the end of the documentary that highlighted Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab hotel and many other monuments and hot spots in the bustling city.

“They want to place Dubai on top of the world map… this is part of the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,” he added.

The documentary, entitled “Piers Morgan on Dubai”, was broadcast by ITV 4 at 8pm UK time (12.00 midnight UAE time), and started with the following introduction: “Piers Morgan visits Dubai, one of the most dynamic cities on the planet… he tries to find out if Dubai is threatened by the credit crunch.”

Towards the end of the programme, Morgan said: “As for the credit crunch, every one I met here says Dubai will not only survive but will thrive.”

And when he visited Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, he stood at the base of the tower and said: “I have worked for 10 years at Canary Wharf (massive business district in London) but never seen anything like this.”

Piers then was taken by a Burj Khalifa official to the top of the building, where he could see the entire city and further places. When he asked how much an entire floor on the Burj would cost, he was told nearly $45 million. “I think it is a bargain compared to prices in London,” one official joked. More info