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Old October 10th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #181
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Why does Abu Dhabi need such infrastructure. Its population is only about 800,000. Is it pursuing a "if we build it, they will come" kind of boom or a "let's hope people want to move here" strategy? Just curious.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #182
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Why does Abu Dhabi need such infrastructure. Its population is only about 800,000. Is it pursuing a "if we build it, they will come" kind of boom or a "let's hope people want to move here" strategy? Just curious.
The oil isn't going to last forever. They're trying to be proactive in developing new avenues of investment and growth for their countries. Better to be "progressive" than "regressive" like some of the other Arab countries.

The negative aspect of the developments is that is does seem to give off a "Fake" appearance to the cities. Their not natural evolvments like NY, Hong Kong, Chicago, etc.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:24 AM   #183
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The negative aspect of the developments is that is does seem to give off a "Fake" appearance to the cities. Their not natural evolvments like NY, Hong Kong, Chicago, etc.
I Think That's Incorrect
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Old October 11th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #184
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Old October 11th, 2009, 06:30 PM   #185
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Why does Abu Dhabi need such infrastructure. Its population is only about 800,000. Is it pursuing a "if we build it, they will come" kind of boom or a "let's hope people want to move here" strategy? Just curious.
I've wondered the same thing. The entire country has a population of only about four million and Dubai isn't much bigger than Abu Dhabi at about 1.4 million which is smaller than where I live in Nashville. I've often wondered if these buildings that are completed are really filled with residents, office workers or hotel guests. I do understand that they want to prepare for the future and become a major economic center which sounds reasonable but the amount of office space is so massive I don't quite understand how such a small nation could fill up all of those buildings. I'd be curious what others who know more than I do about the situation might think about it.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #186
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Well for starters the population of the UAE is at 6 million + according to latest studies Montana !

and nashville does not have more than 1.4 million The 2008 population of the Nashville-Davidson—Murfreesboro—Columbia combined statistical area was estimated at 1,632,671 ...... so basically if you combine Dubai and sharjah and ajman you get a much higher number

but for the rest of the argument .... i think you guys are failing to realize the UAE is an upcoming power house in the area , we need all the office space we cant get , let alone residential towers and homes.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #187
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Exactly, I'm not entirely bashing cities like Dubai, these areas of the world need new towers and infrastructure to grow and attract new investment. The oil and natural gas won't last forever. What's occuring in Abu Dhabi is no different than the changes that occured in American cities. Many US cities were once major industrial and manufactoring centers, now they're gearing themselves towards services, health care, and technology.

The only thing I dislike is the "artificial" layout of places like Dubai. The Palm Tree islands, the World, the Dubai Marina supertall block... very cool looking, but not entirely practical, economic, or containing any real thought into logical city planning.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:29 PM   #188
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I've wondered the same thing. The entire country has a population of only about four million and Dubai isn't much bigger than Abu Dhabi at about 1.4 million which is smaller than where I live in Nashville. I've often wondered if these buildings that are completed are really filled with residents, office workers or hotel guests. I do understand that they want to prepare for the future and become a major economic center which sounds reasonable but the amount of office space is so massive I don't quite understand how such a small nation could fill up all of those buildings. I'd be curious what others who know more than I do about the situation might think about it.
Actually, the population of dubai, from about a month ago was 1,770,533.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 05:50 PM   #189
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That's counting workers or not?
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 07:06 AM   #190
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That's counting workers or not?
its everyone, workers, expats, and locals. its based on emirati population and others based on visas currently active
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Old December 27th, 2009, 02:39 AM   #191
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Old December 27th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #192
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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:17 AM   #193
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its everyone, workers, expats, and locals. its based on emirati population and others based on visas currently active
Foreigners are ~80%, right? It is amazing, most societies would collapse or have riots with such numbers.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #195
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Old January 20th, 2010, 09:40 PM   #196
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Old January 20th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #197
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Dang, that's a lot of cranes! Nice.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #198
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Abu Dhabi will be next Dubai
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 12:35 AM   #199
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Not likely. Abu Dhabi: 5 supertalls Sky Tower, The domain, The Landmark, Etihad Towers, Tameer Towers Dubai:15+ supertalls Burj Dubai, Pentominium, Princess Tower, Marina 101, 23 Marina, Elite Residnece, Almas Tower, Emarate Park Towers, Al Yaqoub, Rose Tower, Burj Al Arab, Infinity Tower, The Index, HHHR Tower, Al Attar, Ocean Heights and more. And all of them are u/c or built.
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