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Exporting tiny houses

When the U.S. real estate market began cratering, scale-replica maker Real Model shifted its focus to a new and booming market: Dubai.

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Miniature cities
Project: Mohammad bin Rashid Gardens
Developer: Dubai Properties
Location: Dubai, U.A.E.

A miniature city lives in Real Model CEO Edward Leftwich's office in Atlanta: The scale model for Mohammad bin Rashid Gardens, a planned 4,000-building mixed-use commercial and residential development in Dubai. While the U.S. market for ambitious real-estate ventures has cooled, the Gulf region is booming, and most of Real Model's work now focuses on the Middle East.

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