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View Poll Results: rate Dubai
10 638 34.32%
9.5 162 8.71%
9 214 11.51%
8.5 108 5.81%
8 150 8.07%
7.5 77 4.14%
7 80 4.30%
6.5 31 1.67%
6 44 2.37%
5.5 24 1.29%
5 47 2.53%
4.5 15 0.81%
4 25 1.34%
3.5 32 1.72%
3 and below 212 11.40%
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Old August 15th, 2011, 04:29 AM   #961
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5.5 for being an architectural test lab, if you will.

It looks weird in photos, a string of highrises in cartoony Sim City color palettes. In person it's even more of a peculiar looking place. Some of the world's tallest buildings arranged in a suburban office park site plan. The whole slavery/abuse of workers issue further sours me on the place.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #962
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Height certainly but has no density. It gives the impression of a McCity.......just ad oil.
Somehow it leaves me hollow and I'm not exactly sure why.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 07:52 AM   #963
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:47 PM   #964
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Old August 24th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #965
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I really don't know what to make of this city! Amazing skyscraper oasis in the desert, 6/10 for the height!
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Old August 24th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #966
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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:02 PM   #967
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Height certainly but has no density. It gives the impression of a McCity.......just ad oil.
Somehow it leaves me hollow and I'm not exactly sure why.

Dubai does have density, it's just that it's all concentrated in the 'old' city, around Dubai Creek







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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #968
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Not sure if this has been posted before, but I found this online today:

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Old August 24th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #969
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Dubai should focus on modernizing its historic core instead of all these speculative towers in the middle of nowhere.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #970
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Dubai should focus on modernizing its historic core instead of all these speculative towers in the middle of nowhere.
none sense

who do you think is building these towers- the government?

of course not

all these towers are built by investors
yes most of these big projects are done by private sector
the government only provide roads and infrastructure
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Old August 31st, 2011, 02:26 AM   #971
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Incorrect.
The Burj and Downtown Dubai project is being built by Emaar Properties. In 2007 the government of Dubai took a 32% stake in Emaar, through an investment vehicle called the Investment Corporation of Dubai which is a sovereign wealth fund owned by the government of Dubai. The Investment Corporation of Dubai also has equity stakes in real estate and hospitality companies called the Dubai World Trade Centre, Deira Investments, and Dubai Development, along with many other firms.

Emaar Properties is most notably in charge of developing Downtown Dubai, and the Dubai Marina, along with 8 other projects in the UAE. I got all that from Wiki in about 4 minutes. Even if the government only supplies 32% of the capital required to fund these projects to match their equity stakes, that's still a huge chunk of cash that the developers don't need to raise.

Sorry for taking this off topic.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 10:21 AM   #972
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Emaar Properties is a company and the government only owns shares in it
I have shares in Emaars so does my brother and others
it has its own management , cairman and budget and does big projects to make profit for the stakeholder
and for Downtown Dubai, and the Dubai Marina Emmar is the a developer they put the master plan , prepare the place , build some of the buildings, and sells the rest of blots to the investors to build it
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Old August 31st, 2011, 06:56 PM   #973
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Right, that's why I said the government only has a 32% stake... There are obviously other investors in the stock of the company, and like any other company making a profit is important.

However, the 32% stake can not be ignored. And the I'm sure there were plenty of investors pre financial collapse, but since then I have a real hard time believing people are lining up to invest here. It's tough to get vacancy rates, but the most recent number I could find was 40%, after a 58% price reduction since 2008, and that's before monster new projects get completed like the Pearl. Residential units are almost identical, with 56% just in depreciation since 2008, and 30% vacancy.

Again, I think pre financial crisis in 2008, there were plenty of investors willing to pour money into Dubai. But since then, I'd be willing to bet just about anything the government has had to vastly increase their capital investments because private investment has dried up. I mean, look at the Pentominium, which is being built by a private investor the Trident International Holdings, look how that's turning out...
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Old September 1st, 2011, 08:59 PM   #974
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In my opinion Dubai deserves at least a 7 but in my book definitely more, I honestly think Dubai has a lot of awesome lookin buildings with awesome details but most are quite boxy with the exception of Burj Dubai and Khalifa and few others. People who voted less than 3 prolly jealous of Dubai's sudden rise as one of the most talked about city and definitely on the up and coming with the big boys like New York and Hong Kong. Just my 2 cents.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:11 AM   #975
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wow.. getting massive and massive..
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #976
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Dubai Skyline by rougetete, on Flickr

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Old September 9th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #977
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I don't mean to offend anyone but my honest opinion is that it is an awful skyline. Undoubtedly the worst really big skyline. A classic case of form without function. Ersatz.

It is like a man with a vastly oversized head....eyecatching but grotesque. A town essentialy is all it is not a city but with a huge skyline grafted on to it. Hideous in all honesty.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #978
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Old September 26th, 2011, 04:30 AM   #979
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #980
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boring city with no life but empty towers and good cars
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