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Old January 8th, 2006, 02:27 PM   #61
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Of course, typical of the shite not to my tastes

Some great new stuff. Anyways, have had the best nights sleep ever. In my orchestra trip we were rehearsing for 9 hours a day. Also the pieces were really hard this year so was really intense!! If any of you guys know stuff about classical music you will probably feel my need for sleep when I mention that debussy's "la mer", stravinski's "rite of spring" and the "sorcerer's apprentice" were all learned from scratch in a week!!!

If you don't know these but have seen fantasia you'll recognise the sorcerer's apprentice because it's the one with mickey mouse. Also the rite of spring is the one which shows the creation of the Earth.

A great laugh though and can't wait to be back next summer when we go to finland and germany



OK back to topic:

Never realised how great looking Zabeel park is. Check out the pics here
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Old January 8th, 2006, 03:13 PM   #62
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^Welcome back Malec, glad to hear you had a great time .

Zabeel Park does indeed look brilliant, I imagine it be a lovely place to spend a warm winters evening...With fantastic views of the skyline too. What more could you want?

As for the chrysler twins, I suppose you've got to take the rough with the smooth, not every city has some hiedeous buildings.
BigBen I will reserve judgement on, it has the potential to be nice if it's done sleek and modern. The gothic look of the real Big Ben just would not suit Dubai at all.

(Yes I'm aware BigBen is the bell and has no archetectual style, but I can't remember the name of the tower)
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Old January 8th, 2006, 08:46 PM   #63
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DUBAI IS INSANE, what is the current population of dubai?
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Old January 8th, 2006, 09:35 PM   #64
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LOOKS LIKE UNREAL
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Old January 8th, 2006, 09:49 PM   #65
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DUBAI IS INSANE, what is the current population of dubai?
Something in the region of 1.5million. Growing at something like 7%per year or more...
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Old January 9th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #66
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New sports city midrise:

C2-2 Tower 20F?

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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:07 AM   #67
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Bong!... And now the Big Ben news

The prospect of Big Ben emerging from the sands of Dubai reminded me of that final scene from Planet of the Apes.

Charlton Heston stumbles across the upper torso of the Statue of Liberty poking out of the ground. Visibly distressed, he drops to his knees, beats his fists into the sand and wails: “Damn you, damn you all to hell.”

I imagine that was pretty much the reaction of Dubai Municipality’s chief planning officer when the application for the Big Ben tower arrived on his desk.

But it shouldn’t really have surprised us. In a city with three palm tree-shaped islands underway, replicas of the Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa about to start, and a Pyramid half-way finished, it takes a lot for us to drop our toast, put our newspapers down and ask: “Excuse me, what did you just say?”

But that was my (slightly sanitised) response, on hearing of plans to build a replica of Big Ben on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

Like every new high-rise development, it has its pros and cons. On the plus side, it will give comfort to homesick expatriate Londoners living in Dubai.

The news will also be welcomed by people living on Sheikh Zayed Road who don’t own watches. There are of course negatives as well — although they are confined to the watch-owning non-homesick cockney population of Dubai. And who cares about them?

The story behind the development reads like a modern-day version of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale, but adapted by a group of planning officers.

Once upon a time there was a developer who visited Big Ben in London and dreamt of building a replica of the beautiful building in the sands of Arabia, only three times as big, and with a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments inside.

But the evil planning officers refused to listen to his ideas, fearing that a 60-storey Big Ben built in the desert, may look a little, well, odd.

After much huffing and puffing, they agreed to entertain the plan only if he brought them a letter of no objection from the Palace of Westminster, in the faraway Kingdom of London.

Assuming that the bureaucrats employed at the Mother of All Parliaments would turn purple in apoplectic rage at the mere suggestion of their beloved Big Ben being cloned, they thought it was a safe bet to agree in principle to the development — only on the condition that the custodians of the original Big Ben would not object.

So imagine their surprise when our hero developer appeared back at their offices several months later clutching said letter of no objection with the Palace of Westminster letterhead.

And that was how the Big Ben of Dubai came to be. It truly is a magical tale. I do hope Chas and Dave are available for the groundbreaking ceremony.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 12:20 PM   #68
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Old January 9th, 2006, 03:58 PM   #69
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Something in the region of 1.5million. Growing at something like 7%per year or more...
Thnx for telling me. Dubai's population isreally less then I thought. So who is going to be living in all those Huge towers, thats what I am wondering.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:44 PM   #70
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Thnx for telling me. Dubai's population isreally less then I thought. So who is going to be living in all those Huge towers, thats what I am wondering.
Well lets just hope that the cities estimates are correct.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #71
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Thnx for telling me. Dubai's population isreally less then I thought. So who is going to be living in all those Huge towers, thats what I am wondering.
7% growth a year...that's 120,000+ every year
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Old January 9th, 2006, 07:31 PM   #72
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That's about right I think. We should know soon though because they just did a census at the end of last year
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Old January 9th, 2006, 09:43 PM   #73
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^ I was interviewed just last Saturday, so they are actually running a little behind schedule. But it is understandable, and expected; Most of the people works and are never home, plus there are alot of young or single guys/lads with no families to stay at home.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 01:17 AM   #74
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What type of power plants are in the dubai area?
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Old January 11th, 2006, 02:34 AM   #75
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New midrises. Most of these are in media city:


Media city towers:

Unnamed 15F

Bin Farden Residence 12F

Unnamed 13F

Ahmed Basuliman Tower 15F

Unnamed 15F

Unnamed 13F

Unnamed 15F

Al Esmawy building 15F

Deyaar Tower 25F



Other towers:

Unnamed 14F

Unnamed 12F
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Old January 11th, 2006, 02:38 AM   #76
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These types of midrises usually turn out pretty good. Look at these few examples of ones completed:

sultan bin al al owais cultural centre
[IMG]http://************/k15e00.jpg[/IMG]

al yamamah tower
[IMG]http://************/k15egg.jpg[/IMG]

waterview apartments
[IMG]http://************/k15gdc.jpg[/IMG]

maf building
[IMG]http://************/k15fug.jpg[/IMG]

gulf towers
[IMG]http://************/k15g0m.jpg[/IMG]

eleganza apartments
[IMG]http://************/k15g29.jpg[/IMG]

wafi residence
[IMG]http://************/k15g6s.jpg[/IMG]

oud metha tower
[IMG]http://************/k15g8h.jpg[/IMG]
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Old January 11th, 2006, 03:24 AM   #77
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are those in Dubai ^ hmmmm seems like i should visit more often
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Old January 11th, 2006, 12:35 PM   #78
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isn't this that big ben tower?

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Old January 11th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #79
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Oh my, I don't like it one bit.
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Old January 11th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #80
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thus is just an artists impression and nowhere close to the final design.also it has been not yet confirmed this is going to be built.

btw look at the textures, poor quality render.
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