6ish Reasons SLC does not = Dubai.

In one of the Top 10 Dumbest Examples of Click Bait, Elle magazine anointed SLC “the new Dubai.”

We know…WTF? But under a list of “29 reasons to go shopping,” the magazine editors—who we bet have ever laid spike heel in Utah—included SLC. Here’s what the said:

3. Because Salt Lake is the new Dubai. | City Creek Center, Salt Lake City

A 700,000-square-foot mecca of choreographed fountains, 18-foot waterfalls, and a fully retractable glass roof that houses stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Michael Kors.

OK, we’ll take the bait. Here are some reasons that SLC, indeed, is the New Dubai.

• They have really tall skyscrapers (Burj Khalifa, 2,700 feet). Kalifa-iz-perspektive-ptice

We have a tallish building  (Church Office Building, 420 feet)! churchoffice

• Under U.E.A. law, multiple crimes carry death by firing squad.firingsquad

We used to shoot people, but we got better. (Though some lawmakers want to reinstate it.)utahfiringsquad

• Dubai has land art. dubailandart

We have land art. spiraljettysunset

• Dubai attracts shoppers from around the globe.  globe

City Creek Mall brings in shoppers from Idaho. potato

• Women’s rights in Dubai suck. Husbands can beat their wives and rape victims can be imprisoned.

BYU women risked expulsion for reporting sexual abuse. BYU got better.

• Dubai’s women wear burkas.burka

Utah’s modest women wear … burkas.polyggals

• In devout Dubai, the shopping goes on 24-7.

In New Dubai, City Creek closes on Sundays.

Glen Warchol
Glen Warcholhttp://www.saltlakemagazine.com
The late, great Glen Warchol passed away in 2018. His last billet was on the editorial staff here at Salt Lake magazine but his storied career included stops at The Salt Lake Tribune, The Desert News, The New Times and others. His stories haunt this website like ghosts in a machine and we're always happy to see them. RIP Papa Warchol.

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