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The superb marketing machine for Palm Jumeirah, the man-made luxury island in Dubai, described it as the Eight Wonder of the World, and it is indeed a tremendous feat of engineering. However all may not be so well in this paradise which has been built by tens of thousands of low paid, migrant workers. Luxury multi-million pound villas are closely packed side by side and the lush tropical vegetation from the marketing materials, is not as evident. There are certainly many good features to this location, but the reality of £800 monthly air-conditioning bills and sometimes 48 C temperature, can take the edge off it.

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