^ 1.01.11.2Dubai, buy, buy: Gulf state starts to build again. The Independent. 2012-12-12 [2013-01-11]. In the desert outside the city stands the shell of the last large-scale leisure development – a 107-square-mile entertainment complex called Dubailand which was meant to house the world's largest array of theme parks. The signs for what would have been Universal Studios are whipped by the sand, and its gate leads nowhere.