We’re quickly starting to learn that not only is the United Arab Emirates becoming the playground of the architectural world — but it’s also where celebrities can go to build their dream projects with seemingly unlimited budgets.
We already know that Brad Pitt and Pamela Anderson have building ambitions in the area, and now comes word that UK Chef Jamie Oliver has just signed on to design kitchens, herb gardens and restaurants on a multi-million pound development in Dubai. He said: “I’ve never before been told there is no budget and just to be creative. It’s been an amazing project to be involved in. This place has so much to offer. I’m really excited to be working in Dubai.”
One thing worth mentioning is that Jamie’s project will be taking place around a massive golf course — which, being in the middle of the desert, will require an intense amount of water to sustain. Right now, the UAE currently consumes more water per person than any other country in the world with the exception of the United States and Canada. We’re not sure a golf course is the best move — but perhaps they plan on using fake grass? Alas.
Also — the organization Human Rights Watch estimates that most of the projects being constructed in the Dubai are done with some 500,000 migrant workers living in deplorable conditions. Does Oliver know who is helping to build these “unlimited budget” projects? Does Brad? Does Pamela?
Look for Jamie’s new gardens and restaurants to open in 2011.