Abu Dhabi balances on a knife edge, between being anchored in a centuries-old tradition and a future yet to be built, and the two are not always compatible. Sitting on oil wealth that has its limits, the attraction exercised by imported international standards, the desert as a backdrop; the capital of the United Arab Emirates is located on a chessboard comprised of contradictions and juxtapositions that are to varying degrees both radical and unique. Five stops in the city show the main outlines and question the city in transition.
Rotterdam is surrounded by large arterial roads that cross the city from one side to the other and wide canals that constantly greet the eye, and it opens onto an immense port that handles millions of containers from all over the world. However, Rotterdam also offers some very distinctive, unusual urban gems. If the port represents one end of the scale, the other is the mixture of an inspired, elegant skyline and redeveloped, renovated industrial buildings.