This series features five of the most fascinating megacities in our globalized world, each a symbiosis of old and new, where the tradition of the souq and the mosque converges with the contemporary world of skyscrapers and the varied lives of the people inhabiting these modern metropolises.
Dubai, a desert city that is being expanded high into the sky by its emirs and sheiks. At the same time, older traditions are maintained around Dubai Creek where we find the old spice market, wooden boats, small jewelery stores, and little houses with wooden facades. Dubai is a city characterized by captivating contrasts between old and new.
This film portrays Jakarta, the puslsing heart of Indonesia. Making their homes in the second largest population centre in the world are approximately 30 million people. A boomtown where Asian and European influences mingle, a megacity set amidst the sea, picturesque islands, rice fields, skyscrapers, the flare of the colonial area, and the clamor of the metropolis.
Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's administrative, cultural, and economic heart, and one of the most important Islamic financial centres worldwide. In the capital city, the rain forest meets skyscrapers, cook shops sit alongside luxury restaurants, Muslims coexist with Buddhists. The old and new worlds are interwoven in the most intimate way, each serving as a source of inspiration for its counterpart.
Casablanca, the Arab metropolis on the African continent. A city that has preserved its traditional core while at the same time expanding to become one of Africa's most important trans-shipment points.