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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:18 PM   #12761
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Burj Dubai stands tall amid crisis

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Sean Davidson on Friday, December 12, 2008

Yes, the world is in financial turmoil. Yes, almost every country has a sliding stock and property market, interest rate and confidence level. And yes, jobs are being lost.

But it seems the world around us would rather hammer this all home every waking moment, than allow us to drift away in blissful ignorance. Every TV channel, newspaper, and conversation is bursting with 2008's most-abused phrase – credit crunch. It's like a toothache that won't relent. But there is always room for positive stories – and going by last week's most-popular online features, readers agree.

Amid all the mayhem, there will always be a silver lining. While we're far from thrilled that major proposed developments around the world have slowed, we were proud that the consequence is Burj Dubai will likely stand uncontested as the world's tallest building for at least a decade, as we reported.

The Emaar skyscraper truly is the masterpiece of Dubai's architectural prowess and gives everyone who lives here a reason to stand proud. That's precisely why it was this week's most read online story.

The world may shudder at the emirate's staggering pace of development and may throw taunts of manufactured glory and status. But isn't that convenient hypocrisy? The London Eye observation wheel in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and every other structure that countries hold close to their heart are all products of creative, structural genius inspiring man-made wonders.

So we'll embrace Burj Dubai as ours. We'll make multiple visits there with our friends and families and tag ourselves in Facebook photos that reveal our pride of being here.

Elsewhere in last week's online reads, reporter Ryan Harrison's look into what Christmas has in store for us this year was the next most clicked-on feature. With many people running low on the dough, it's always nice to know what and where the best offers are.

It's the season of super-saver deals, where low end trumps high end, and value additions are bid farewell. However, few would want to share the retail industry's predicament. With shopping volume down, they want to cut advertising to reduce costs and yet still try to make every offer visible. It's like ensuring Britney Spears tops the charts without buying radio and video airtime and massive PR. It doesn't work.

A surprising third was John McAuley's detailed look at Damac's Lake Terrace in Jumeirah Lake Towers. It seems there are quite a few shrewd investors who still have enough stashed away to grab fantastic square footage off the property market. This fact was cemented when we learnt the fourth most read piece was Make Your Money Goa Further.

Escaping gloom is a fantastic tourism opportunity, but people keen to invest in places that offer sun and sand and little less, is quite intriguing. So, while funds are low, could Goa replace the beach destinations of Europe and the West?

From beaches to flowers, not only did the Homes pull-out deliver beautiful distractions, it also delivered three of this week's top five stories. Kate Copsey's article offered valuable insight on just that - how to grow roses in your own desert garden.

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Old December 11th, 2008, 09:20 PM   #12762
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Very nice

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Old December 11th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #12763
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So I guess the article is implying that the Nakheel tower will now be built as it says the Burj will be the tallest tower in the world for a decade.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #12764
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Great stuff, thanks! And nice photos.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:46 AM   #12765
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Thanks - if you stand in front of the Lofts - what is the construction to the right of DC tower ? Is it Burj Park.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #12766
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #12767
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If you are indicating that this picture is from today you are badly mistaken.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:54 AM   #12768
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Nice, but 2-4 month old pic
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Old December 12th, 2008, 11:24 AM   #12769
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My bad.. it was 'posted' today. But taken a while ago.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #12770
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Anyway this photo is very impressive. It remarks the Burj impressiveness.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #12771
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will there be any inhabitable floors at this height - doesn't look like there is enough room for a lift shaft ...?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #12772
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will there be any inhabitable floors at this height ?
Nope.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #12773
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The pic is too old indeed. 2 months at least ago...

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will there be any inhabitable floors at this height - doesn't look like there is enough room for a lift shaft ...?
Is enough room for a "huge" lift shaft...
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #12774
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Great picture! It looks scary to be that tall with very little floor plan when the winds is on... Where the elevator will be at?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #12775
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Some new pics of today:

From Jumeirah Beach (Burj Al Arab):


From Dubai Mall @ night:




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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #12776
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cheers dennis, all those lights look incredible. Still no new floor?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #12777
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cheers dennis, all those lights look incredible. Still no new floor?
Nope, still waiting for the cladding to catch up! My prediction: not in 2008 anymore.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #12778
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A lot of lights burning and A/C units going. This must be expensive but they can afford it I suppose.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #12779
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after the concrete section (lev155) theres about 7 inhabitable steel floors -up to 162. then after that theres NO lift shaft only staircase for next 40 floors or so.
theres approx 200 floors in burj dubai, which 162 are habitable, which means official floor count. maybe they will note that there are 40 more floors which are accessible but not habitable. eg-air cond, windows, ect. i think each landing will have a light so maintence guys can see where there walking ect. the highest level by stairs is lel 198 or 739m, where we are at right now. above that you go up pinnacle ladder.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 01:05 AM   #12780
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what's the height od this BD on the left?
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