Broke Theocracy Opens Really Tall Building

What a waste of money (that they don’t have):

Dubai (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The tallest skyscraper in the world was inaugurated today. With the Mideast glass-and-steel Burj Dubai standing at over 800 metres, four of the five tallest buildings in the word are located in Asia. Only Taiwan’s Taipei 101 (508 metres) and Hong Kong’s Two IFC (420 metres) towers come closest.

Owned by Emaar Properties, a giant property firm part-owned by the government, Burj Dubai can be seen from as far as 95 kilometres away and has about 28,000 glass panels on the exterior of the tower.

Dubai Inaugurates the Tallest Skyscraper in the World []

Can you imagine how fucked up this thing will be once it succumbs to the inevitable infestation of hookers, drug addicts and sundry itinerant, day-labor castaways who’ll end up squatting in all that vacant space?

There’s a sheik who’s sure
All that Dubai is gold
So he’s erecting a tower to heaven

When he gets there he knows
If the buildings are foreclosed
With a word he can get what he came for

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
So he’s erecting a tower to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall
But he wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes banks
take everything

In some words in a book
There’s some guy Freud says
Sometimes all of our actions are

Ooh, it makes me wonder

Ooh, it makes me wonder

There’s a feeling I get
When I look to the sand
And my spirit is crying
For buying

And a new day will dawn
For those who build long
And the banks will
Echo with foreclosure

Most important item from that article: when the hell did the Sears Tower become the “Willis Tower”? Didn’t realize Todd Bridges had that much coin.

An NPR story this AM said that the architect of this Big Stick was “experimenting.” That gives you a lot of confidence, eh? How long until some Saudis fly a plane into this one?

@SanFranLefty: They sold it a while back.

Sez this thing has the highest observation tower in the world, but who wants to look at Dubai?


ever been in the CN tower in Toronto?
pretty cool. the glass floor thing is freaky.

@Capt Howdy: Seen it from a distance, but never went up.


I’m too busy imagining all the “vegetable gardens”, ala the ones in the Voudoun floor of the arcology in Gibson’s “Count Zero”.

Yeah, “vegetable gardens” – that’s what the hydro shop here in town claims people are growing… :)

@Capt Howdy:
if you ever have the chance you should definitely do it.
if only for the glass floor experience. when I worked in Toronto for a year I lived in a building that was literally at its base.
it was something like 40 stories and when you were up in the tower it looked like a teensy weensy little thingie.

@al2o3cr: And Suspicious Veggie Gardens rolls over our Comment Odometer to 60,000!

We also hit 2,000 posts somewhere during the Stinque Awards. A chatty bunch we are.

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