The Burj Dubai…

opens tomorrow (Monday). What an awesome achievement! Designed by Chicago architect, Adrian Smith, and built by Korea’s Samsung – who also built Tapai 101 and the Petronas Towers – and yes, located in the Middle East, this building is a perfect example of what we can do when we aren’t busy killing each other.

Unfortunately, though, it is yet to really help Emaar, the company paying for it. Back in March, their credit rating was downgraded and the real estate market, as you probably know, is pretty weak over there at the moment. For instance, a mate of mine is back in Oz after work had to stop on that Palm Island thingy.


“It’s the last blast of the Noughties in a city that got too big for its dishdasha [robes],”

A shame, that, but still an awesome feat of engineering regardless.

2 Responses to “The Burj Dubai…”

  1. The Wizard of WOZ Says:

    The Burj is truly one of mans greatest achievements, visiting it is about the only thing that would get me to set foot on the ground in the middle east.

    If things are as bad as they say financially, maybe they could open it up to BASE jumpers…

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