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Old December 2nd, 2009, 10:28 PM   #1
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Dubai mega-tower `last hurrah' to age of excess

Just found this on Yahoo

Dubai mega-tower `last hurrah' to age of excess

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When work began in 2004 to build the world's tallest tower, Dubai's confidence also was sky high with a host of mega-projects on the drawing board or rising from the sands.

That swagger seems positively old school these days. It's been tripped up by a debt crunch that has humbled Dubai's leaders and exposed the shaky foundations of the city-state's boom years — leaving the planned Jan. 4 opening of the iconic Burj Dubai with a double significance of hello and goodbye.

It will be both a debutante bash for a new architectural landmark and a farewell toast to Dubai's age of excess.

The Burj Dubai — a steel-and-glass needle rising more than a half-mile (800 meters) — may be the last completed work from Dubai's time of the giants. Most other of the unfinished super-projects announced in recent years, such as a second palm-shaped island or a tower to surpass the Burj Dubai, are either recession roadkill or being considered on a far smaller scale.

If they are still considered at all.


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Old December 3rd, 2009, 03:32 AM   #2
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Hope they enjoyed the fun while it lasted.

The age gave us some pretty cool buildings, hope they don't collapse and fade into it's surroundings.

Edit: Just read the entire report linked. The issue is very serious. I wonder with so much money being borrowed, was any of it invested in the future, like schools? Or was it just one big skyscraper party?

A quote from the article...."Dubai opened its elevated metro line in September, but with only about a third of the stations opened. Last January, the state-owned builder Nakheel — which is part of the current debt crisis — said the fiscal crunch forced it to suspend plans for a Dubai skyscraper designed to top the Burj Dubai". Kind of reckless.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 03:52 AM   #3
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They planned ahead, but didnt plan smart.....

Always try to make the biggest, the best, the largest, the greatest...
In the end, malls werent packed, people were going out of business, towers were made..but wasnt fully vacant....
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 04:04 AM   #4
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Yes naturally it had to happen, the Dubai bubble has finally burst. You have to feel sorry for all those immigrant construction workers have already read some horror stories guess over the while we'll be hearing alot more...yes as the moon has it's dark side so to has Dubai.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:01 AM   #5
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It was inevitable. Unlike cities such as New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai etc, Dubai didn't build to sustain. It built ONLY to impress.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:37 AM   #6
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Thank god for that. To hell with Dubai.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 05:13 AM   #7
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I wish that people dont make this thread into the anti-dubai hate rant....

Dubai may not have built to sustain, but like the other cities, they had a dream and they made it. And i hope that after this whole mess which we are all in, they can regroup and rebuild and create more dreams!
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Old December 4th, 2009, 05:22 AM   #8
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I don't hate Dubai. I have a mild-dislike to many things which stem further than the "amazing" architecture.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #9
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Dubai was unnatural development that was not needed and could not be sustained in any way. is was destined to be doomed from it very conception. i blame it on silly palm tree islands. but i think dubai looks great. but my point was always whose going to live in all these mega towers? apparently no one is.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #10
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Thank god for that. To hell with Dubai.
No need for comments like that. People should focus on their own cities rather than taking pride in the failings of others.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #11
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Every city in the world is unnatural...
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Old December 5th, 2009, 10:44 PM   #12
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Most cities had a scene....

London: Mod Culture, British Culture
Toronto: Immigration, Canadian, Scottish heritage etc..
Paris: Perfumes, Fashion and Baguette mixed with Francophone
Seattle: Grunge Music, Asian/Pacific Influence, Hi-Tech
Dubai: Want a Million dollars? Tiesto? Kylie Minogue? Scorpions? Come give us some culture and scene?

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Most cities had a scene....

London: Mod Culture, British Culture
Toronto: Immigration, Canadian, Scottish heritage etc..
Paris: Perfumes, Fashion and Baguette mixed with Francophone
Seattle: Grunge Music, Asian/Pacific Influence, Hi-Tech
Dubai: Want a Million dollars? Tiesto? Kylie Minogue? Scorpions? Come give us some culture and scene?

I think culture is a highly pretentious topic that us North Americans should stay away from. According to most Europeans who I've known and have visited Toronto, we also have no culture (compared to their respective cities in Europe) so from their perspective, Toronto is only slightly more "authentic" and "cultured" than Dubai.
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Oh please! Now that Dubai falls you're happy man? I'd bet that when the Burj Dubai was announced, for example, most of us were astonished at least for the height of the building and the 'progress' that it represented to the construction industry.
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