October 21, 2008 4:52 PM

Is Dubai's soaring economy headed for a rough landing?

Dubai has built its name on realizing the unbelievable and, often, the unnecessary: the world's new tallest skyscraper, an indoor ski slope, a constellation of faux islands molded to resemble a map of the world. Now the glitzy commercial capital of the Middle East has begun to wonder whether the global economic crisis will bring its high-flying real-estate market in for a rough landing.

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