There was a time not long ago when you could end up feeling rather poor at a dinner in Dubai.
Guests would discuss the millions of dollars they had spent buying their dream home no 2, 5 or 21, depending on who you spoke to.
I know people who ended up buying a place because they felt utterly left out at dinners where rich expatriates sipped expensive wine and tucked into mouth-watering kebabs.
That was two years ago - before the bubble burst, before the rich lost their zillions, before cheques began bouncing, before people began leaving their expensive cars on roadsides on their way to the glitzy airport.
Text: Rahul Sharma, Business Standard