The “Dubai of Latin America?” Part II

The controversial hidro electric project at Barro Blanco (Panama) has prompted energetic opposition from the Indigenous Ngobe Bugle people who reside there with corresponding governmental repression.  Image.

The controversial hydro electric project at Barro Blanco (Panama) has prompted energetic opposition from the Indigenous Ngobe Bugle people who reside there with corresponding governmental repression. Image.

The Melting Pot

The geopolitical status and demographics in Panama and Dubai have few similarities. Both states have been naively labeled as “melting pots” but, as we may guess, this is an absurd and inaccurate term. The population of Panama since the last census is just over 3.5 million people, while Dubai is 2,103,177 million at last count and the greatest amount of growth has been seen in the last ten years. Continue reading

The “Dubai of Latin America?” Part I

F & F Tower, or “The Screw” (no pun intended), 6th tallest skyscraper in Panama.

Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Luxury hotel. Image thanks to jumeirah.com

Burj al-Arab in Dubai. Luxury hotel. Image thanks to jumeirah.com

These days in Panama as well as abroad, we are hearing the expression “The Dubai of Latin America” and I cannot help but smile and observe how most folks simply accept this notion without really questioning its veracity. First of all, many Panamanians of average intelligence and educational background cannot tell you where Dubai is and, secondly, they haven’t the foggiest notion as to how it is that Panama has come to be viewed as The Dubai of Latin America when a couple of years ago they never knew of the existence of this place. Continue reading

Noise is Bad for Business

Image thanks to ilm.com.pk

Image thanks to ilm.com.pk

Let me qualify that, excessive noise is bad for business and Panama- the city and the country- has been seeing a sharp increase in the levels of general noise pollution lately. Mark my words, although the tourist industry here seems totally unpreocupied about it, the excessive nerve wracking noise will eventually ruin business. Continue reading