Dubai

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  1. redarmy11 Registered Senior Member

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    Fascinating place, no?

    I'm simultaneously captivated and repelled by the mountains of money being spent there. Having completed construction of the first of the three 'Palm Islands'...


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    and with work on the the 300 artificial islands (with purchase prices of between 6.2 and 32.7 million dollars) that make up 'The World' expected to complete in 2008...

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    work on the Burj Dubai, scheduled to be the world's tallest building, has recently reached level 116, with the height currently standing at 406.5 m (1,335 ft).

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    See here for more incredible ongoing and future projects. Be sure to check out the Hydropolis (a $500/night underwater hotel, assembled entirely in Germany) and the tasty-looking Ski Dome.

    From the Burj Dubai website:
    So, what do you think? Is the amount of money being spent here obscene? Do these projects, which represent the leading edge of man's ability on the architectural front, make the world a better place? Is this a vision of what the Middle East can be?

    Discuss.
     
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  3. draqon Banned Banned

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    USA and the rest of the world will soon has a much feared opponent...Saudi Arabia
     
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  5. Genji Registered Senior Member

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    Big article in National Geographic a few months ago on the waterborn artificial isthmus in Dubai. Interesting. But not an option in hurricane/typhoon areas, I wouldn't think.
    I wonder when we will build underwater?
     
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  7. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    There's no such thing as real mermen, Genji.
     
  8. Genji Registered Senior Member

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    That's a good thing. I don't like guys with scales, unless it's related to..:m:
     
  9. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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  10. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Me too. Its awesome to think of the possibilities of imagination and yet depraved to spend so much money on architecture. I'm torn, its beautiful and decadent.
     
  11. John99 Banned Banned

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    i think it is great, in some way's it is some kind of gift to humanity. even if 99.9% of the population (future ones too) will never physically see it. i would assume you could'nt just walk up to it in bermuda shorts wothout being interrogated.

    it beat's cocaine, hookers and gaudy palaces though.
     
  12. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not torn. This money should be spent on the people; or on suitable social gains elsewhere. What a bloody monstrosity.
     
  13. Zardozi Isvara.... . 1S Evil_Lau Registered Senior Member

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    I stopped at Dubai airport on way to/back from India. It looks to be a very modern architecturely defined place.
     
  14. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Hmm bet you never spend any money on art, cinema, Christmas decorations and other such cultural hangovers. Give it all to charity, I bet.

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  15. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    I spend a modicum on those things; but not $32.7 million dollars. My evil paymasters in Jerusalem simply won't front the cash.

    This is a ridiculous example of overweening capitalism. Appalling.
     
  16. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    You haven't seen the amount of money women spend on cosmetics then.

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  17. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    I've seen; it is not encouraging. Natural beauty is best. Within reason of course.
     
  18. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    It's all the vile, distasteful, fake glitz and shimmer of Las Vegas and Beverly Hills on steroids.

    It makes me want to retch.

    Not even because of the vulgar display of wealth gained in the parasitic capitalist system, and, what's more, wealth that was gained in the foul oil trade business.
    Put aside, also the destruction of natural barrier reefs to build it.
    All that aside - even if it did not cost a dime, and ever worker willingly volunteered time, it is still foul.

    I prefer natural beauty. and this is about as far as you can get from it.
    This is the Pamela Anderson/Paris Hilton version of architecture and landscaping.
    It disgusts me on every level.

    So, no... I'm not torn at all.
     
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  19. draqon Banned Banned

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    Dubai is disgusting city, the water there is horrible. And yes they spend money on useless junk like those man-made islands.
     
  20. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    It perpetuates the romanticisation of wealth and glamour and capitalist monetary noise making. It's a deliberate attempt on the psyche of the bourgeousie and the proliteriat to get them clamouring and yammering for this "experience" this bought "specialness" that 'they, too, could have...if only they climbed a little harder'. Artificial islands, I ask you.
     
  21. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Wait, what was that about Pamela Anderson again? I mean, come on, let's not get crazy here.
     
  22. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, Pamela Anderson and Dubai.

    It's fake.
    It's trash.
    It's plastic.
    It's pathetic.

    The only worth it has is superficial (and I don't even think THAT is pretty).
    It is an attempt to escape nature, life and reality by living in a sugar coated, world on a constant high.
    It's Prozac, Valium, Viagra and Silicone.
    It's the American fucking dream.
     
  23. Chatha big brown was screwed up Registered Senior Member

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    I don't know why u hate it so much, when its both an architectural and psychological feat. Waste of money? probably yes, but what else is money used for if not waste. You should know by now that rich people literaly live in Paradise city, any place as far away from reality and peasants as possible. I like the Palm Island, its amazing we can occassionaly go out on the limb and do somethings like.
     
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