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Burj Dubai tops out at 818 m

Bilbo
07-22-2007, 06:06 PM
512m over the surface. 3m heigher than the Teipei 101. next year it will be finished with a height of 700-900m. nobody really knows the height as it's a secret.

Fedex
07-23-2007, 06:45 AM
I've heard that its only 2/3 finished, and yet it is already the tallest building in the world.

Scotso
07-23-2007, 07:29 AM
That's nice, I suppose. But I've never been fond of countries where the leaders get vast personal wealth at the expense of the people.

Sofonda Cox
07-23-2007, 08:00 AM
That's nice, I suppose. But I've never been fond of countries where the leaders get vast personal wealth at the expense of the people.

you're talking about Dubai? :lol: :confused:

it would be great to see a picture of it :D

stealthisnick
07-23-2007, 10:14 AM
That's nice, I suppose. But I've never been fond of countries where the leaders get vast personal wealth at the expense of the people.

but i bet you are fond of countries with vast economic wealth created and maintained at the expense of other countries

GustavoM_Fan
07-23-2007, 10:25 AM
Burj Dubai Official Website here:

http://www.burjdubai.com/

info and photos at that page... :)

GustavoM_Fan
07-23-2007, 10:29 AM
http://www.dubai-informationen.com/Bilder/Burj-Tower-Dubai.jpg

Louche
07-23-2007, 03:34 PM
It's not exactly attractive, is it? Maybe it's just me. :shrug:

El Legenda
07-23-2007, 03:36 PM
It's not exactly attractive, is it? Maybe it's just me. :shrug:

its not finished :lol:

Louche
07-23-2007, 03:46 PM
I know. It's just kind of a monstrosity.

cobalt60
07-23-2007, 04:03 PM
Does anyone have a clue why Dubai government/business seems to be in competition for this sort of stuff? Beyond my rational sense of belief here.

Bilbo
07-23-2007, 05:00 PM
Does anyone have a clue why Dubai government/business seems to be in competition for this sort of stuff? Beyond my rational sense of belief here.

they want to outgun americans. just imagine how many tourists dubai will have in the future. who doesn't want to be there when everything is finished? it's a dream city.

Tomy
07-23-2007, 05:09 PM
Have you guys seen what they are doing over the sea? All those artificial islands are something incredible! Check them out over google earth. They are also constructing a skiing mountain... what's next??? the babel tower???

Bilbo
07-23-2007, 05:36 PM
what's next??? the babel tower???

the biggest mall in the world. 4km long and 150m wide with 1500 shops. there will be also another mall which will ranked 2nd worldwide.

but that's not all. dubai will build a few more skyscrapers so that they have the 3 tallest buildings in the world. they plan to have it done in 2012 i guess.

Sofonda Cox
07-23-2007, 05:39 PM
the biggest mall in the world. 4km long and 150m wide with 1500 shops. there will be also another mall which will ranked 2nd worldwide.

but that's not all. dubai will build a few more skyscrapers so that they have the 3 tallest buildings in the world. they plan to have it done in 2012 i guess.

if they have the money then why not? :shrug: the oil revenue won't last forever so they are making themsevles the premier tourist/business destination. Although there are certain laws in the UAE which may stop it being a truely cosmopolitan destination

Scotso
07-24-2007, 01:52 AM
but i bet you are fond of countries with vast economic wealth created and maintained at the expense of other countries

you lose.

zicofirol
07-24-2007, 02:22 AM
if they have the money then why not? :shrug: the oil revenue won't last forever so they are making themsevles the premier tourist/business destination. Although there are certain laws in the UAE which may stop it being a truely cosmopolitan destination

I have never been their but I cant see what is the desire to vacation in such a opressed part of the world, can women wear bikinis on the beach there?

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 02:23 AM
Ljubo has a place in Dubai, i dont know why :lol: i guess when he retires :confused:

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 02:24 AM
I have never been their but I cant see what is the desire to vacation in such a opressed part of the world, can women wear bikinis on the beach there?

tourists can do whatever they want, not sure about the locals.

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 02:25 AM
if they have the money then why not? :shrug: the oil revenue won't last forever so they are making themsevles the premier tourist/business destination. Although there are certain laws in the UAE which may stop it being a truely cosmopolitan destination

Dubai makes almost no money from oil. Dubai's gross domestic product as of 2006 was US$46 billion. Although Dubai's economy was built on the back of the oil industry, [37] revenues from oil and natural gas currently account for less than 3% of the emirate's revenues

Jimnik
07-24-2007, 02:38 AM
http://www.dubai-informationen.com/Bilder/Burj-Tower-Dubai.jpg
Can't wait for it's completion. UAE is one of the few members of OPEC that put its oil revenue to good use.

Jimnik
07-24-2007, 02:48 AM
Dubai makes almost no money from oil.
Where did you get those figures from? This is what I found:
The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Despite largely successful efforts at economic diversification, about 30% of GDP is still directly based on oil and gas output, and the fortunes of the economy fluctuate with the prices of those commodities. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE more than 30 years ago, the UAE has undergone a profound transformation from an impoverished region of small desert principalities to a modern state with a high standard of living.

Louche
07-24-2007, 02:48 AM
This is Burj Dubai compared to other towers.

http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/6771/thebig400mjuly2007kc2vo0.th.jpg (http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=thebig400mjuly2007kc2vo0.jpg)

Louche
07-24-2007, 02:57 AM
This is from the ground. The bottom of the building shows what the cladding will look like.

:shrug:

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9593/imgp0182os9zd5.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imgp0182os9zd5.jpg)

Tomy
07-24-2007, 03:31 AM
Ljubo has a place in Dubai, i dont know why :lol: i guess when he retires :confused:

Many millionaires and super stars bought houses down in the brand new islands, even Tiger Woods has one :) . They are something amazing already, and they are still under construction. Some special ships are removing sand from the bottom of the sea (desert sand was useless) and locating it on huge piles to form this weird luxurious islands (for example, they are constructing 200 islands that altogether will have the shape of a map of the world). Some people say that they are messing with nature and bad things may happen, but only time'll say if they were right.

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 03:35 AM
Many millionaires and super stars bought houses down in the brand new islands, even Tiger Woods has one :) . They are something amazing already, and they are still under construction. Some special ships are removing sand from the bottom of the sea (desert sand was useless) and locating it on huge piles to form this weird luxurious islands (for example, they are constructing 200 islands that altogether will have the shape of a map of the world). Some people say that they are messing with nature and bad things may happen, but only time'll say if they were right.

:lol: i wouldnt wanna live on a man made island :p

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 03:39 AM
Where did you get those figures from? This is what I found:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Economy

Scotso
07-25-2007, 03:46 AM
Where did you get those figures from? This is what I found:

The UAE is not Dubai and vice versa. Dubai is a separate "emirate" of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). UAE is pretty much a loose confederacy, the central government only has the power that the various emirs grant it, and while the UAE has a lot of revenue from oil, Dubai is mainly a city with a few outlying areas.

Jimnik
07-25-2007, 09:08 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Economy

The UAE is not Dubai and vice versa. Dubai is a separate "emirate" of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). UAE is pretty much a loose confederacy, the central government only has the power that the various emirs grant it, and while the UAE has a lot of revenue from oil, Dubai is mainly a city with a few outlying areas.
Indeed the link refers only to Dubai where obviously the oil doesn't come from. But believe me the money that it took to build the city in the first place came mostly from the black gold.

Scotso
07-26-2007, 04:10 AM
I'm sure a lot of it came from duty free shopping and some rather iffy trade practices.

Bilbo
09-07-2008, 06:34 PM
Burj Dubai now stands at 700.9 meters. The first ever structure which hit the 700 mark.

http://www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com/

118.1 meters to go

Stensland
09-07-2008, 06:42 PM
what a joke. talk about wasteful spending.

the next bubble to burst is going to be dubai.

Jimnik
09-07-2008, 06:47 PM
Not unless the oil runs out and especially not at over $100/barrel.

Stensland
09-07-2008, 06:52 PM
i just don't see people relocating permanently. and why would they want to ski in dubai if the alps are around the corner (i take it they wanna sway the western world with those tourism projects, right?)? dubai is currently probably losing billions of dollars by investing in stuff that will never pay off. do you really think this tower is going to be refinanced anytime soon? no way. it's just some egomaniacs trying to impress the rest of the world. the same goes for the airport and all kinds of "ideas" the rulers have had that got built over the last years.

Jimnik
09-07-2008, 06:57 PM
They probably failed to make a profit on most of their investments but it doesn't matter, at least not for the next 50 years or so. They're just trying to generate as much extra income as they can, on top of their oil revenue, by turning themselves into the Monte-Carlo of the middle-east. They're aiming to be a luxurious tax haven and popular tourist destination. Above all, they're just having fun with their money.

Stensland
09-07-2008, 07:02 PM
well, but turning the city into monte carlo wasn't their initial plan, was it? i remember reading about their goals, the ruler planned to rival london and new york in terms of business, rival singapore in terms of shipping and air transport, rival europe in terms of sights and so on. i don't think they wanna be the "fun location". it'd take much less to achieve that as they could basically stop building now.

Jimnik
09-07-2008, 07:05 PM
Yes of course they want businesses to invest, so does every country.

There's no reason to stop building. They've still got lots of money and there's always room for expansion. Nothing is ever finished.

Bilbo
09-07-2008, 07:18 PM
they are making lots of money with their projects. nearly everything is sold out. don't know what you guys are talking. afraid they could be better than americans?

in dubai around 6% of the population are millionairs. ranked #5 in the world.

Jimnik
09-07-2008, 07:20 PM
they are making lots of money with their projects.
I know they are but it doesn't mean they're making profits.

Bilbo
09-07-2008, 07:37 PM
I know they are but it doesn't mean they're making profits.

i'm sure they are doing at least with their most important projects. many of them are unique in the world which is always a good condition to make profits.

Louche
09-07-2008, 10:54 PM
Maybe this is foolish, but where does all the water they need for these huge buildings come from? I think of the Gulf States as arid places.

Projected height - 800-950m? :eek:

That's like taking the tallest building in the US and double the height.

TankingTheSet
09-07-2008, 11:12 PM
I think there is a very large number of Pakistanis, Indians, Filipinos and other poor workers who live in cheap accomodations in Dubai to work on the building projects, and they probably don't have full citizen rights and may not even be counted in official population figures.

Purple Rainbow
09-07-2008, 11:30 PM
Plans are underway for a much, much taller tower in Dubai, 1400 meters as is proposed now...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Burj

Bilbo
09-07-2008, 11:31 PM
Projected height - 800-950m? :eek:

819m but next year they will start building another tower which will have a height of 1400m.

Bilbo
09-07-2008, 11:32 PM
Projected height - 800-950m? :eek:

819m but next year they will start building another tower which will have a height of 1400m.

Bilbo
01-18-2009, 06:51 PM
the final height has been finally reached. a short review about Burj Dubai:

20.12.2009: Burj Dubai completes.
17.01.2009: Burj Dubai tops out at 818 m.
01.09.2008: Tallest structure ever built.
07.04.2008: Tallest man-made structure.
12.09.2007: Tallest freestanding structure.
21.07.2007: Surpasses Taipei 101.
01.02.2007: Most floors.
21.09.2004: Construction begins.

http://www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com/

alfonsojose
01-19-2009, 04:30 AM
People starving everywhere and this waste of money an energy keeps going :sad: :(

Lopez
01-19-2009, 06:57 AM
Read an article on the Economist a month back or so that UAE has a huge public deficit... IMO this whole Dubai thing may turn out to be a bust, it's hard to intentionally try to create popular tourist attractions.

Bilbo
01-19-2009, 07:07 AM
Read an article on the Economist a month back or so that UAE has a huge public deficit... IMO this whole Dubai thing may turn out to be a bust, it's hard to intentionally try to create popular tourist attractions.

due to the finance crisis. but that's a world wide problem.

but the same goes to america. i wonder if they will finish the freedom tower before 2020.

in tokyo they have started a 600+ m tower.

all the projects got started before the finance crisis.

Lopez
01-19-2009, 07:29 AM
Well I think it's smart to try to come up new ways of making money besides oil. But still, there have been cultural clashes in Dubai, e.g. from what I understand homosexuality is still not tolerated. A while back some British couple got sentenced to 3 months in prison for allegedly having sex in public, though they changed the sentence to a lifetime ban from coming to Dubai (not sure about the details :D ).

But still, I think it is difficult to create these things by trying. Naturally corporations come up with innovations nowadays all the time, but the most succesful innovations are collaborations between the users and developers and they become succesful by sort of accident, e.g. Facebook. Course, this suits better for technical innovations but I feel there is a sign of what is to become of products, tourism is a product (a service) as well.

Timariot
01-19-2009, 08:58 PM
People starving everywhere and this waste of money an energy keeps going :sad: :(

Many of the New York's biggest landmarks were built during Great Depression...

Empire State Building was long known as "Empty State Building".

lalit
01-19-2009, 08:59 PM
I have lived in Dubai as a child for 3 years and the entire economy is run by non Arabs who don't have any rights. The ratio of Arabs to non Arabs is like 1:10. There are lots of restrictions on people's personal lives but the entire economy is very profitable not because of oil but because of zero taxes and zero regulation. You get to keep whatever you earn. Though Dubai has no almost oil of its own a lot of its relentless construction is financed by the oil money of neighboring Abu Dhabi. The tourism industry does very well in Dubai as it is comparatively liberal to the rest of the Arab world. Plus it has the world's cheapest goods because it has zero taxes.

Lopez
01-20-2009, 04:20 PM
Many of the New York's biggest landmarks were built during Great Depression...

Empire State Building was long known as "Empty State Building".

Sure, it's the Keynesian idea. Pretty smart as well. My only concern is, will it pay off?
(not sure about the adjective :lol:. What I mean is that it is John Maynard Keynes' idea or principle)

tangerine_dream
01-12-2010, 05:02 PM
oops....

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/14-visitors-trapped-in-burj-khalifa-elevator-1.566002

14 visitors trapped in Burj Khalifa elevator
The group, which included a child, found themselves stuck at a height of 430m en-route to the observatory deck which is located on the 124th floor.

Fourteen visitors to the At the Top observatory deck in Burj Khalifa were trapped for an hour in the elevator on Saturday.

The group, which included a child, found themselves stuck at a height of 430m en-route to the observatory deck which is located on the 124th floor.

The temporary freeze also led to delays for visitors waiting on the ground level where entry is controlled by 30 minute intervals to ensure there is no overcrowding at the lifts and at the deck.

A spokesperson from Emaar Properties issued a statement saying. "The elevator of At the Top was briefly stalled and operations were resumed soon after. Visitors were safely transported to level 124. The safety of our guests is of paramount importance and all elevators in Burj Khalifa are tested and function to the highest safety standards."

The elevators have capacity to hold up to 14 people and travel at 10 metres per second from the ground level to the 124th floor in less than 60 seconds. Some have been programmed to permit controlled evacuations for fires or security reasons.

The Burj Khalifa’s observatory deck has been operational from the 5th January 3pm. Since then, visitors have flocked to Dubai Mall’s latest attraction leading to a sell out of tickets. Visitors are advised to book in advance.

JolánGagó
01-12-2010, 05:31 PM
Who cares about this crap anyway, that building will one day disintegrate and become sand in the desert again as it should. That will be Burj Dubai's greatest service to mankind.

buddyholly
01-13-2010, 04:47 AM
What's wrong with man doing new and innovative things? For me the building is a wonder. I would like to go to the top.

Ilovetheblues_86
01-13-2010, 06:01 AM
Its just a building, but I never knew they could build so tall, reminds me Sin City arcologies, maybe this could bring innovations such as vertical cities like that in the future.

Johnny Groove
01-13-2010, 03:58 PM
Sounds like they are compensating for something.

JolánGagó
01-13-2010, 05:44 PM
Sounds like they are compensating for something.

too true.

DrJules
01-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Sounds like they are compensating for something.

Others share your view:

Dubai's Giant New Penis Has a New Name, Is Much Bigger Than Yours
http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2010/01/04/dubais-giant-new-penis-has-a-new-name-is-much-bigger-than-yours

buddyholly
01-14-2010, 02:24 PM
That's just penis envy.

habibko
01-14-2010, 02:33 PM
Who cares about this crap anyway, that building will one day disintegrate and become sand in the desert again as it should. That will be Burj Dubai's greatest service to mankind.

WTF? why would it disintegrate?

octatennis
01-15-2010, 01:04 AM
Sounds like they are compensating for something.


same reason you did that building in barça.:angel:

Collective
01-15-2010, 05:12 PM
http://www.theonion.com/content/news/dubai_debt_crisis_halts_building

buddyholly
02-11-2010, 12:40 AM
People starving everywhere and this waste of money an energy keeps going :sad: :(

It is no longer a waste of energy. It has no electricity.

buddyholly
02-11-2010, 12:43 AM
Who cares about this crap anyway, that building will one day disintegrate and become sand in the desert again as it should. That will be Burj Dubai's greatest service to mankind.

It's coming true already.:o