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Old April 18th, 2006, 06:38 PM   #501
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demand is higher than supply, to answer your question.
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Old April 18th, 2006, 07:06 PM   #502
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I talk about the hundreds of big buildings made by Star architects

they build more supertowers ore starbuildings that exist in the rest of the world it`s like a circus ore an atraction park

I do not criticize the buildings ... I criticize the idea to build all this builings in only one city
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Old April 18th, 2006, 08:06 PM   #503
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So many fantastic projects!

Btw, how about starting a Part 3 thread, this one is over 500 posts!
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Old April 19th, 2006, 03:00 AM   #504
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So many fantastic projects!

Btw, how about starting a Part 3 thread, this one is over 500 posts!
Malec has said he doesn't want anyone else to start a new thread but himself, as he wishes to be able to edit the first post in it with new stuff. Giving how much work he has put in to the thread, I think that is fair enough. Unfortunatly he is on holiday in Chicago at the moment. I assume an exception to the 500 post rule is being made until he comes back to make it.
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Old April 19th, 2006, 10:31 PM   #505
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Over 6m Dubai hotel guests

Statistics released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing show that more than 6m people stayed in Dubai's hotels and hotel apartments in 2005, with Dubai's hotels recording revenue of $2.2bn. The UK provided the biggest number of tourists, while Europe as a whole accounted for nearly a third of all visitors. More than 600,000 Saudis also visited Dubai last year.

Source: http://www.ameinfo.com/83401.html
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Old April 19th, 2006, 10:53 PM   #506
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Burj Al Alam

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from the huge ad in emirates today:

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Old April 19th, 2006, 11:01 PM   #507
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OMG!!! very futuristic look indeed. I can't wait to see it done.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 12:36 AM   #509
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...96#post8127196

some shots from my trip in april!
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 12:53 AM   #510
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DUBAI IS AWESOME!!!!!
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 04:37 PM   #511
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COVER STORY: TOWERING AMBITION
GLOBAL CENTRE RISES FROM THE SAND
From man-made island chains to the globe's tallest building and biggest airport, a Persian Gulf powerhouse is rewriting the book on what an Arab state can aspire to, MARK MacKINNON writes

MARK MACKINNON

DUBAI -- To understand the scope of this booming port city's ambition, you have to see it from above.

Emerging from the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf some four kilometres off a coastline packed with expansive beach resorts is an archipelago of 300 man-made islands. Visible from space, and brashly named The World, each island is expected to be snapped up by developers for tens of millions of dollars before its completion in 2007.

Just north of The World, another man-made island chain is emerging from the sea, this one shaped like a gigantic palm tree. Engraved on the gigantic breakwater constructed to protect the villas and luxury hotels that will eventually populate The Palm are the Arabic words: "It takes a man of vision to write on water."

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, is both the poet who wrote that phrase and the man who decided that it should be inscribed on The Palm. The words may sound arrogant, but it's difficult to challenge their truthfulness. Dubai is Sheik Mohammed's vision, and The Palm and The World are his ideas, as was the Burj al-Arab, the iconic sail-shaped seven-star hotel that dominates the stretch of beach between the artificial island chains.

Under the rule of Sheik Mohammed and his family, a city that could easily have dwindled into another forgotten outpost on the Arabian Peninsula has become the region's primary travel and trading hub. When it became apparent that the oil that is abundant in the neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi, but much scarcer in Dubai, would eventually run out, the al-Maktoums improbably turned their emirate into a hot destination for tourists from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, drawing five million visitors to the city in 2005.

When the stock of beachfront property that lured so many investors here started to run low, Sheik Mohammed came up with The Palm and The World, dredging the ocean floor to add hundreds of kilometres of sandy beach to the paltry 67 kilometres with which Dubai was originally gifted.

"Sheik Mohammed is the visionary who thinks up all of these concepts. We carry them out," said Hamza Mustafa, the gregarious general manager of The World. "He wants to see this become one of the major capitals of the world, like London, like New York."

If speed of construction is any measure, he's on course. Dubai's skyline is crowned by uncountable hundreds of cranes, which rotate and lift long into the night as developers rush to meet fast-approaching deadlines. The city of 1.4 million is home to an estimated one-fifth of the world's construction cranes, and an even higher share of the planet's dredging machines.

Perhaps most remarkably in a Gulf region awash in oil profits in these days of $70 (U.S.) crude, they did it with almost no oil money of their own. Lacking the resources that lie beneath Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and even some of the emirates of the UAE, Dubai instead transformed itself into the safest and most profitable place for their affluent neighbours to invest their oil windfalls.

The city-state's ambition is seemingly boundless. The centre of the city is being redeveloped in a $20-billion (U.S.) project that will be crowned by the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower). The tower's final height is a closely guarded secret, but developers say that at more than 700 metres, it will be easily the tallest building in the world, and will contain corporate offices, residential suites and the world's first Armani hotel. A block-long billboard staking out the future site of the adjacent Dubai Mall, which, naturally, will be the world's largest, proclaims "The World Has A New Centre."

The city's international airport -- one of the world's busiest, handling 21.7 million passengers last year -- is to be replaced by the audaciously named World Central International Airport, which will be the largest in the world at the combined size of London's Heathrow and Chicago's O'Hare. Emirates Airlines, the state-owned passenger carrier, doubled its passenger load to 12.5 million between 2001 and 2005.

Beyond tourism, the city has developed a knowledge industry centred around a series of 100-per-cent tax-free zones. Dubai Internet City has drawn investors like Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell, while nearby Dubai Media City has used a similar strategy to put itself on the map and lure giants such as Reuters and Time Warner's CNN. Another attraction has been a cheap pool of foreign labour, and loose labour laws.


"They created a business environment that no one else in the region can touch," said John Chilton of the economics department at the American University of Sharjah, the emirate bordering Dubai. He traced the development of the regional hub back to the establishment of the Jebel Ali free-trade zone on the edge of the city in 1985 by Sheik Mohammed's father, Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed al-Maktoum.

The free-trade zone was the first place in the Arab world where foreigners could have 100-per-cent ownership of the land; there are no import duties and companies were allowed to repatriate all their profit. Because of such policies, Dubai, two decades later, is one of the busiest ports in the world. "When they built that huge Jebel Ali port, everybody was asking 'how will they ever fill that thing up?' But that's the kind of vision these people have," Prof. Chilton said.

While Dubai is lauded by the hundreds of businesses that have flocked here to cash in on the boom, none of this is capitalism in the sense Adam Smith would appreciate, free of state interference. Dubai Inc., as it has been dubbed, is capitalism run by the city-state.

One common feature linking The World, The Palm, Burj al-Arab, Burj Dubai, the World Central airport project and the Emirates is that they're all controlled by the al-Maktoum family through a series of holding companies. The family controls the companies, and the companies, analysts and observers say, control the government.

As one Western diplomat stationed in the city put it, "Dubai Inc. is the Maktoum family." And Sheik Mohammed is the CEO.

If that potential conflict of interest bothers investors, they have an odd way of showing it. According to the government, foreign direct investment into the United Arab Emirates, the federation that includes Dubai and has a total population of 4.3 million, doubled last year to a staggering $18-billion -- with by far the largest share of that going to the city of Dubai. The figure is roughly three times that of India, another rapidly growing economy with a population of 1.2 billion.

While much of what comes into the UAE is re-exported to third countries, a surprising amount stays. The bustling Canadian consulate in Dubai has a list of almost 100 Canadian companies that have some kind of physical presence in UAE. The list of who's here ranges from some of the usual suspects, and some surprising ones. Montreal's Aldo shoes has some 20 outlets here in UAE mega-malls, while Calgary-based cinnamon bun maker CinnZeo has a pair. Enterprises as disparate as Nortel Networks, Royal Bank of Canada and Ritz-Carlton have all set up shop here.

"I don't think I've seen any companies who've come here and set up and not done well," said David Barrette, outgoing chairman of the Canadian Business Council in Dubai. "But Canadians have to be willing to invest money to be successful here . . . to do well here, you have to come, to invest, to spend some time here and develop relationships."

According to Statistics Canada, Canadian investment has shot up from $181-million in 1999 to $550-million last year. Some of it is in surprising markets: Canadians seem to have the lingerie market cornered (La Senza and La Vie en Rose are both here), while Second Cup and Montreal's Café Suprême are both battling the ubiquitous Starbucks -- as well as a slew of domestic competitors selling strong, thick Arabic coffee -- for supremacy.

To James Metcalfe, who first landed in the United Arab Emirates more than 30 years ago, it's astonishing how much has changed. "There wasn't much here back then. It was unrecognizable compared to what we see today," chuckles the president and chief executive officer of Cansult Ltd., an engineering and project management firm with deep roots in the UAE. "Back then it was just a small city with lots of income." Although Cansult's head office remains in Markham, Ont., the company's largest operations are now in the UAE and Mr. Metcalfe himself lives and works in the second-largest city, Abu Dhabi.

It's an advantageous place to be. Cansult, because of its long presence here, has been involved in some of the biggest projects to come out of Dubai's boom. They were master planners on the $1.1-billion Healthcare City project (a similar concept to Internet City and Media City) and design consultants on the $250-million Global Village, completed last year and which Mr. Metcalfe compares to a smaller version of Florida's Epcot Centre. They're the traffic consultants charged with untangling the anticipated snarls around the monster Burj Dubai project.

"It's a place with really good soil. You throw some seeds there on the ground and they grow," Mr. Metcalfe said. "A lot of developers and entrepreneurs have been encouraged to develop big ideas."

It doesn't hurt, either, if one can get the Sheik onside. Personal relations, Mr. Metcalfe said, are important anywhere, but doubly so in a place like the UAE. "If Sheik Mohammed likes an idea, it can go from idea to opening in three years. In Toronto, it could take 30," he said. "There's no doubt that he's a major, major factor in what's happened here."

Emiratis who know the Sheik personally agree with that assessment, but add the culture of capitalism wasn't something the royal family had to teach. "We all love business, it's in our blood. We all love making money," Mr. Mustafa of The World says, adding that Dubai is different from its neighbours because of its history as a trading port on the shipping route from Europe to India, which instilled a tradition of respect and openness for different cultures. "This is not Saudi Arabia. Dubai has always been liberal. The people from Dubai have always been different. They are a different tribe of Arabs."

On the night of March 21, construction at the giant Burj Dubai -- Dubai Inc.'s signature project -- came slamming to a halt. What began as a protest by more than 2,500 poorly paid foreign labourers, most of them from India and Pakistan, over low wages and atrocious living conditions, turned into a violent riot that continued all night and the following day. Workers rampaged through the construction, smashing company vehicles and machines, doing nearly $1-million in damage. "They chased the security officers at the site and beat them up. I have never seen workers so angry," an unnamed eyewitness told the Khaleej Times newspaper.

The plight of many of the foreign workers -- by some estimates foreigners make up three-quarters of Dubai's population -- had long been the boom town's dirty little secret. Many come to Dubai expecting a better life in what they envision to be a modern-day El Dorado. Instead, they live in squalid camps and have frequently gone months without receiving wages. A recent report by New York-based Human Rights Watch on the situation found 880 workers had died at construction sites in 2004. The report predicted "further unrest."

It's a number the government hotly disputes -- by its count there were 34 workplace deaths that same year -- but the riot and other demonstrations by aggrieved labourers have forced the UAE to concede development can't continue without some parallel progress on political and social fronts. The government has pledged to allow labour unions and collective bargaining by the end of the year.

And, pulled along by the U.S.-led "war on terrorism" -- which calls for democratization of the Middle East -- the UAE's government has promised to introduce some form of elections in coming months. The UAE is the only Gulf country without elected bodies of any kind; all political parties are banned.

"It's become an embarrassment of a sort. [Having elections] was not something the UAE wanted to be behind in. They see themselves as leaders," Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a professor of political science at Emirates University, said of the UAE's lack of political progress. "They also found out you can't have a global city and a closed one."

So, will a potential end to cheap labour bring an end to the construction boom? Could elections -- as they have elsewhere in the Middle East -- return a parliament less receptive to Sheik Mohammed's pro-American, pro-business policies?

Few here seem to think so. Dubai Inc. has just been too successful for anyone to let it fail. If Dubai's bubble starts to pop, analysts say Sheik Mohammed could count on Abu Dhabi's oil money to prop the market up. The U.S. also has little interest in seeing Dubai -- which it sees as a model of what the Arab world could be -- fail.

Mr. Mustafa of The World says the naysayers who expect Dubai's boom to eventually go bust are underestimating the city and its people. "Building the impossible is in our blood," he says.


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good read.
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 06:57 PM   #512
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The Burj al Alam is f*cking beautiful!
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 12:33 AM   #513
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I saw this picture of the Park Square Tower on this site :http://www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com/index.html.

but it say that it only has an unofficial rendering.


Sorry, but ...
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 12:45 AM   #514
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look at this. this is a tower of doom. even the render displays the tower in an apocolyptic setting - with all the dark swirling clouds of toxic fumes.

horrible
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 01:32 PM   #515
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i am sure a real rendering would look better.
but i am also almost convinced Park Square is cancelled. even if it is likely to be moved and there is still the West Jumeirah Beach project by K.M... we haven't heard anything for ages.

anyway... this render was posted by a saudi forumer some time ago if i am not wrong.
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Old April 25th, 2006, 02:08 AM   #516
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I'm back now! Chicago was great and will post details tomorrow when I'm not so wrecked. Park square tower is cancelled
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soon there'll be more skyscrapers than people in dubai
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Old April 25th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #518
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part 3 please
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OK, give me a few minutes to add any new stuff
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101F , 412m Serviced Hotel Apts Tower in Dubai Marina announced today.
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