This week, international negotiators convene in Copenhagen to forge a long-anticipated international agreement on climate change.
No other country built a ski resort in a desert. No other country constructed an archipelago of 300 artificial islands, complete with a man-made reef colonized by parrot fish.
Sometimes it's those news stories that don't feel the love from cable talk shows or the blogosphere that reveal the most about what really happened in a given year.
The fate of state-run Dubai World grew more muddled Monday after the government of Dubai said it would not guarantee the massive debt run up by the company as it built sprawling complexes of six-star hotels and soaring modern office towers in the desert sands.