Not-so-deserted desert city

Post-bust press coverage of Dubai conjured up poetic images of deserted half-built towers and tumbleweed blowing down the Sheikh Zayed Road. But what about all those construction people who moved there? They can’t all have abandoned their 4x4s at the airport and come home. I tracked them down and discovered that not only has expat life gone on, it’s considerably less blighted by traffic jams…