January 04, 2010

The Burj Khalifa

In the wake of Dubai's financial troubles and Abu Dhabi's bailout, the Maktoum's are renaming their most impressive landmark after the leader of the oil-rich emirate (and the UAE).

Posted by armand at January 4, 2010 10:39 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Architecture


Dubai has "financial troubles" like Chrysler had financial troubles a year ago. Picture one of those scary empty brand-new McMansion neighborhoods in FL or CA or AZ that all the real estate blogs were showing pix of a year ago. Now picture a whole city like that, with the "excess" knob cranked up a hundredfold. And then remember: If no one pays the water bills (which are enormous), the place disintegrates.

I won't be at all surprised if the UAE washes their hands of the whole place and lets the desert reclaim it.

Posted by: jacflash at January 5, 2010 10:53 PM | PERMALINK
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