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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #581
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Sounds like a great trip. I love Indonesia as its such a beautiful country and the people are so welcoming and friendly.

I hear sunrise over Mount Bromo is a wonder to behold but climbing Semeru is tricky isn’t it as it erupts at fairly regular intervals, every hour or so I think? I tried to climb Merapi which looms over Yojyakarta but couldn’t go past a third of the way up because it was fairly active at the time. We got to walk around the rainforests on the lower slopes and finally gain a terrific view of the cone itself, with boulders the size of cars thundering down from the top. Also spending the night in a little hostel in Kaliurang eating curry and drinking local beer while small lava flows poured from the summit at night was pretty special too.

Enjoy your trip and please post pictures when you are back.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 12:25 PM   #582
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'Spiderman' Alain Robert scales Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Alain Robert, the French urban climber dubbed Spiderman for his feats, has scaled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

It took him six hours to ascend the 828-m (2,717-ft) tower in the United Arab Emirates city, including the tapered spire above the top floors.

A large crowd watched from the ground as he moved up the facade, picked out by spotlights after darkness fell.

Unusually, he used a rope and harness, to comply with safety requirements.

"I know that sometimes there may be some specific requirements," he told Reuters news agency before the climb.

"I do understand. You know, this is such an iconic building so I can understand that even though they are taking care so much about my precious life, they are also taking care a lot of that precious Burj Khalifa."

Triumphant wave

Strapped to a safety harness tethered more than 100 floors up, he began his climb up the silvery, glass-covered tower just after 1800 (1400 GMT) on Monday.

Moving methodically and swiftly along the metal facade, he ascended a central column, largely avoiding rows of pipes that could have slowed his climb.

On reaching the top, he waved triumphantly.

Robert, 48, has scaled more than 70 skyscrapers, including New York's Empire State Building and Chicago's Willis Tower in the US, and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website.

In 2004, he climbed Taiwan's Taipei 101, the world's tallest building at the time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888817


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Old March 30th, 2011, 05:12 AM   #583
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@Langur: Sounds like a fantastic trip you are embarking on - have a great time!
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:39 PM   #584
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Thanks guys!
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Old April 5th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #585
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Just been browsing the Dubai sub-forum. The city really looks like it's in a sorry state. Anyone know of any good dubai photo streams showing the development (or lack of it).
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Old May 24th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #586
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The 516m Pentominium has begun rising.

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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #587
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My best photo of the Burj:

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Old May 26th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #588
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Looks insane. Hope you enjoyed yourself!
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Old May 27th, 2011, 08:00 AM   #589
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Great photo Langur.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #590
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Thanks Fox, and yes I enjoyed my trip Gherkin, though I still have strong reservations about Dubai. I clarified my opinion of Dubai to AltinD, who had apparently read some of my earlier critical comments, and believed that I was wholly negative about Dubai, which is not the whole truth. I copy and paste...

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Because you've never been a fan, as to speak.
But I'm not anti-Dubai either. Indeed I rarely comment on it. Are you sure you're not mixing me up with someone else? When I have commented, I've had both positive and negative things to say. Indeed on several occasions I've defended Dubai from criticism that I thought was unfair or excessive.

However some criticisms are justified. Dubai has severe limitations as a city, especially its lack of culture, history, and nice streets/public spaces. There's an unpleasant racial pecking order in Dubai. South Asian workers are exploited badly (lied to about pay, passports confiscated so they can't leave, dire living conditions, etc), and many building contractors have not been paid since the crash. I don't think Dubai has the transparent regulation and rule of law to succeed as a global financial centre. And I must be honest, I have no desire to live there. There aren't enough females for starters. The summer climate is intolerably hot. I don't want to stay in air-conditioning the whole time! There's no natural greenery. Planning does not cater for pedestrians. Many of the new buildings are ugly. I find the lack of human rights and sexual/cultural freedoms unattractive. So I stand by my various criticisms of Dubai.

However I'm not blind to its charms. Dubai is exciting with all the swanky new hotels, malls, 'rapers, and other developments (even if it has slowed down somewhat of late). The musical fountains between the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are amazing! Dubai has an interesting mix of cultures. Dining and shopping are good too, and there are tons of good places to go out and party. Above all I find Dubai fascinating as an experiment in low-tax laissez faire economics, attracting foreign investment, planning for a post-oil future, and as an audacious gamble in "build-it-and-they'll-come". I admire the ambition and savvy of its leaders, and in many ways I see Dubai as a positive role model for the Middle East.

I hope that clarifies what I actually think of Dubai. It has plenty of shortcomings, some of which are important, but it's certainly not a dull place, and I recommend people to drop by for a couple of days.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 05:09 AM   #592
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Ironically the Frenchman will struggle to climb France's future tallest building on completion - he won't be able to defy gravity all the way up one of the Hermitage towers becaue the slope outwards continuously!
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 03:07 PM   #594
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Ironically the Frenchman will struggle to climb France's future tallest building on completion - he won't be able to defy gravity all the way up one of the Hermitage towers becaue the slope outwards continuously!
Only from certain angles. They become thinner at the top from the others
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Only from certain angles. They become thinner at the top from the others
Really? Cool, I had only seen renders that made the tower look like an upside down Shard with it's spire stuck in the ground!
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Old July 7th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #596
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I was looking back through my Dubai photos, and was bored enough to compile this list of built and UC supertalls in Dubai...



True supertalls:

01) 828m Burj Khalifa = Built
02) 516m Pentominium = UC
03) 420m Damac Heights = Piling
04) 414m Princess Tower = TO
05) 412m Marina 101 = TO
06) 395m 23 Marina = TO
07) 380m Elite Residence = TO
08) 363m Almas Tower = Built
09) 348m The Torch = Built
10) 328m The Index = Built
11) 376m Emirates Park Tower 1 = TO
12) 376m Emirates Park Tower 2 = TO
13) 333m Rose Tower = Built
14) 355m Emirates Office Tower = Built
15) 310m Ocean Heights = Built
16) 342m Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar = TO
17) 307m Infinity Tower = TO
18) 306m The Address = Built
19) 330m Al Yaqoub Tower = TO
20) 300m Dubai Pearl = UC


Spire cheats:

21) 317m (280m) HHHR/Blue Tower = Built
22) 321m (272m) Burj Al Arab = Built
23) 305m (261m) Emirates Hotel Tower = Built


The buildings are ordered by roof height as per SSP diagrams. However the heights I have listed are all official heights. That's why the towers do not appear to be in height order, though in fact they are.

The ones I have listed as "TO" are where the concrete core is full height, even if there are still frilly crowns to be finished that will push the height further.

The ones I have listed as "spire cheats" (with true heights in brackets) are where the spire is a pole (and only the pole goes above 300m), but not where the top of the building is substantial and a continuation of the main form of the building (eg Infinity Tower).
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Old July 13th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #597
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Jim Krane's book about Dubai is quite a good read for those interested.

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Nice pic!!
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