Posted by: The moderator | January 2, 2010

Big Tower in Small Emirate

Completed Burj DubaiThe latest engineering monstrosity in Dubai has been completed. At over 2,640 feet, the Burj Dubai is the tallest building in the world, surpassing the previous record-holder, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 Tower, by about 1,000 feet.

Too bad Dubai is now bankrupt and limping along with heavy debt from the other states in the Persian Gulf. Property prices have plunged 50 percent in the last year as the global recession struck the UAE with a hard blow. Not even the world’s largest indoor shopping mall or a series of artificial islands in the shape of a palm tree could lure financially strapped firms to host their yearly meeting/getaway in Dubai.

It’s strange how small countries like the UAE, Taiwan, South Korea, and Malaysia feel they need the tallest tower in the world to distinguish themselves. The United States could easily compete with these developing and underdeveloped states, but we just don’t care anymore. The last time the US boasted the world’s tallest building was in 1973 when the Sears Tower (now named the Willis Tower) was completed in Chicago.

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