you've obviously never lived in Dubai.
I lived there for over a year.. really depends where you go. When you get way out into the bush or up the west coast it's much, much different than the east.
San Antonio was the first city in the US that I visited. Really different from Europe, but I loved it... I tend to judge cities by the food and I ate the best steak so far in my life in San Antonio. (I have to admit i had prejudices about American food before my visit)