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Old 11-04-2012, 04:23 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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A post on Dubai got me thinking. How do you view the world's tallest building?

To me it's an amazing monument to human achievement, but also emblematic of materialistic excess and, I well suspect, may struggle to make back it's cost in the end. I'm not saying they should never have built it, but I think Dubai is a giant bubble waiting to burst and there is some degree of exploitation going on.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Most things I see and hear about Dubai make me cringe. However, I will be changing flights there in a few months. So, it will be interesting to see what it looks like from above.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I love those skyscrapers in the middle east, just try to ignore the fact that most of them are 80% empty lol
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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To me it's an amazing monument to human achievement, but also emblematic of materialistic excess and, I well suspect, may struggle to make back it's cost in the end. I'm not saying they should never have built it, but I think Dubai is a giant bubble waiting to burst and there is some degree of exploitation going on.
I completely agree.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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Total ripoff that the observation platform isn't at the top.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Yes, 452.1 m is a joke considering its massive height (828 m).
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Dubai is a giant bubble waiting to burst? Dubai is a bubble that already burst...

The middle east sucks.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:22 AM
 
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Yes, 452.1 m is a joke considering its massive height (828 m).
true and it not the worlds highest observation deck due to that.

The highest goes to Shanghai

The official title for the ‘highest observation deck’ is held by the Shanghai World Financial Centre whose viewing deck stands at a height of 474m, 22m higher than the Burj Khalifa’s At The Top observation deck of 452m.Burj Khalifa observation deck not world's highest | HotelierMiddleEast.com

I rather go to the Shanghai observation deck than Burj Khalifa.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:48 AM
 
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Shows you what modern indentured labour can get you. Dubai is a joke and the only reason they can even build these caricatures of architecture is oil money and lack of respect for human dignity.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I love tall buildings - I am a member of a forum that was originally dedicated to such a thing (though is now more a general architecture forum), but I think this specific building is too tall and is unbelievably tacky. More money than sense, these oil-rich Arabians.

This is even worse, however:



Possibly a sad attempt to outdo the West, but these buildings are hideous, are totally out of touch with their surroundings and have only been made possible by the destruction of historical architecture. People do not destroy art work, so why destroy buildings with historical significance?
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