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Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 04:09 PM
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Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness



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The same street in 2003



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Last year


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Dubai is said to currently have 15-25% of (mhtml:{586288A5-CBD4-402A-B155-3861498239B9}mid://00000098/!x-usc:http://archive..gulfnews.com/articles/06/05/13/10039528.html)all the world's cranes (mhtml:{586288A5-CBD4-402A-B155-3861498239B9}mid://00000098/!x-usc:http://archive..gulfnews.com/articles/06/05/13/10039528.html).


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The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world (mhtml:{586288A5-CBD4-402A-B155-3861498239B9}mid://00000098/!x-usc:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_waterfront).


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All of this was built in the last few years, including that island that looks like a palm tree.


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Tealsmith
06-25-2008, 04:15 PM
That's depressing.

glenallen
06-25-2008, 04:26 PM
I find that encouraging!
Somewhere in the world somebody is doing something worthwhile with my money.
Why am I selling kayaks here for a pittance? Those folks need kayaks too, and they have mucho dinero(that's Dubaianian for money)!
Wonder what it costs to ship a kayak to Dubai?

jack grebe
06-25-2008, 04:29 PM
That's depressing.
Not if you own RE there:rolleyes:.

Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 04:29 PM
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The Palm Islands in Dubai. New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive
man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space.
Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all.


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Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and
many other facilities.
It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people.
It is advertised as being visible from the moon.



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The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world.
Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.


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The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. The worlds tallest hotel.
Considered the only '7 star' hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world.
It stands on an artificial island in the sea.


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Hydropolis, the world's first underwater hotel.
Entirely built in Germany and then assembled inDubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009
after many delays.


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The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008.
At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when
finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.

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switters
06-25-2008, 04:31 PM
Thats my next big market, keep driving people.

TimH
06-25-2008, 04:39 PM
holy ****sky batman!

Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 04:44 PM
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This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009.
More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed.
It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.


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The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront.
Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.


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Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters.
That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the EmpireStateBuilding..


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The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world's highest hotel.
It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than theTaipei 101.




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The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

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Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 04:54 PM
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Dubailand.
Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also
the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees.
-Dubailand will be twice the size.



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Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.


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DubaiSportsCity. A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand.


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Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed,
Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.


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John of Phoenix
06-25-2008, 04:56 PM
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Dubai+&ie=UTF8&ll=25.073938,55.151625&spn=0.058695,0.074844&t=h&z=14

Check it out, there are actually two palm islands - the second is down the beach to the SW.

Zoom in on the little circles at Emirates Hill First. Zero lot line houses on a dirt lot. But quite big.

Check out the houses on the "palm fronds". Not exactly a bunch of double-wides at the beach.

There are some real palaces on the beach.

Have a look at the Yacht Club and Sailing Club. Your right, not a kayak in sight. ;)

"Your gas dinars at work."

Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 05:01 PM
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The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise
buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world.
The completed first phase of the project is shown.
Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.
The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet
of shopping and around 1000 stores.??It will be completed in 2008.??




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Ski Dubai , which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world.
This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.

Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess
Tower, which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories,
will line the Dubai Marina.


The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets
under way. I'm not joking...


Some other crazy .. The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest
fully automated rail system in the world. The Dubai World Central International Airport
will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become
the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume.
There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.

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Well, my friends... This is what our gas dollars are building...

Done with this one. Enjoy...

Gonna go see whose birthday it is...;):D

Saltiguy
06-25-2008, 05:01 PM
My friend in Florida had a 200hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard for sale and put it on consignment with a local dealer It was purchased by a company in Dubai. Hell, they're even buying our used stuff - with cheap dollars.

Spin_Drift
06-25-2008, 05:22 PM
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Dubai+&ie=UTF8&ll=25.073938,55.151625&spn=0.058695,0.074844&t=h&z=14

Check it out, there are actually two palm islands - the second is down the beach to the SW.

Zoom in on the little circles at Emirates Hill First. Zero lot line houses on a dirt lot. But quite big.

Check out the houses on the "palm fronds". Not exactly a bunch of double-wides at the beach.

There are some real palaces on the beach.

Have a look at the Yacht Club and Sailing Club. Your right, not a kayak in sight. ;)

"Your gas dinars at work."


Thanks John. :p Great map... Very interesting...

Check out the sizes of the yachts in the harbor compared to the automobiles near by...:eek:;)

Those are real Mega-Yachts...

Captain Blight
06-25-2008, 05:53 PM
JeepRz CreepRz and Holy cats. I had no idea.

Michael s/v Sannyasin
06-25-2008, 05:58 PM
I think Dubai is one of the smarter oil producing countries. They know that oil is a limited resource, so, they are busy converting their oil revenues into property assets. We may run out of oil someday, but we probably won't run out of tourist dollars anytime soon.

Still, if the property market ever tanks there... I'm guessing it won't take long for the desert to reclaim its land.

Nanoose
06-25-2008, 06:00 PM
1. Bigger is not always better.

2. Easy! When everything is a desert and land is free!!

3. With the rising price of fuel, not enough people will be able to afford to fly to visit their themepark.

4. How much are sea levels supposed to rise with global warming?

PeterSibley
06-25-2008, 06:00 PM
Biodiesel .

Paul Pless
06-25-2008, 06:03 PM
I think Dubai is one of the smarter oil producing countries. They know that oil is a limited resource, so, they are busy converting their oil revenues into property assets. Not just domestic real property investment and improvements. Dubai is making a real and signifigant mark in real estate, securities, and banking and financial markets worldwide.

LeeG
06-25-2008, 06:40 PM
man o man,,,just think of the tv dramas marketed to servant class,,can't wait to see it becomes a place for movies to be filmed because that's the only way I'd ever be able to see it.

BrianW
06-25-2008, 07:05 PM
Whenever I peruse the job listing sites, I always include Dubai in the search engine. I could handle a year or two of month on/month off over there.

Rigadog
06-25-2008, 09:30 PM
Very Dubaious thread....

Dubai is a very spiffy place.

johnw
06-25-2008, 09:43 PM
My sense of irony will only be satisfied if it all goes under water because we burned their oil.

S B
06-25-2008, 09:53 PM
Going to be a bitch, when they have to "buy "energy to run it all, caus'it's comin'.

Pierce Nichols
06-25-2008, 10:23 PM
Funny thing is that the crazies hate them as much as they hate us because while we're infidels they're heretics and apostates.
Did I happen to mention that there are quite a few jetliners that have been stolen outright in Africa?

LeeG
06-25-2008, 10:32 PM
I read in Baers book that in Saudi Arabia there's a "MeccaLand" kind of religious theme park, does anyone know about this?

goodbasil
06-25-2008, 10:55 PM
Known fact: The Saudies can yank a barrel of oil out of the sand, sell it for less than $4-- and still make a profit.

Nanoose
06-25-2008, 11:46 PM
I could handle a year or two of month on/month off over there.

Man...if you could survive in the heat over there I'm surprised your surviving in Alaska! :eek:

Spin_Drift
06-26-2008, 02:45 AM
Here is something new and absolutely fantastic they are building.

If you had to live in an apartment or a flat, and could afford it...it's the way to go. I bet they cost millions of dollars to buy one...

Wow, from a country girl...

http://www.flixxy.com/dubai-dynamic-architecture.htm

Video... Building provides it's own "green" power etc...

Amazing engineering accomplishment....

Tylerdurden
06-26-2008, 05:07 AM
I find that encouraging!
Somewhere in the world somebody is doing something worthwhile with my money.
Why am I selling kayaks here for a pittance? Those folks need kayaks too, and they have mucho dinero(that's Dubaianian for money)!
Wonder what it costs to ship a kayak to Dubai?

George 2

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-26-2008, 05:31 AM
Not in the pictures.

In the Government complex, overlooking the Creek, there is a hand operated crane. When oil was discovered in 1966 things began to change in Dubai and the Ruler, the father of the current Ruler, arranged for the development of Port Rashid, with all cargo work moved there from the Creek. The old wharves were redeveloped as a government administrative complex. The designers wanted to remove the crane as an eyesore. The Ruler disagreed, saying "That crane was bought and paid for by my grandfather, in 1922. It was the first item of modern industrial equipment in Dubai, and I want it kept to remind people that when the oil runs out we will still have to work!"

Dubai does not have much oil, and what there is was forecast to run out in 2010 when the price was lower - the current prices mean that some additional extraction will be worth while, of course.

What you are seeing is not the splurging of oil money on ridiculous waste, but the development of Dubai as a commercial and tourism hub for the Gulf area, so that Dubai will still have an income when the oil runs out.

Rational Root
06-26-2008, 06:25 AM
In Saudi, pretty much everything of importance is done by foreign workers, foreign companies. The senior people are all Saudi, but for the most part, the work and decisions are driven by ex-pats.

When the oil runs out Saudi will return to being a big patch of desert.

This may not be next year, or the year after, but it will happen.

When's the last time you ever heard of _ANYTHING_ made in Saudi ?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-26-2008, 07:12 AM
Dubai is different sort of place to Saudi Arabia.

Dutch
06-26-2008, 07:16 AM
It is advertised as being visible from the moon.


them folks must really be a bunch of dumb camel jockeys if that impresses em.

TimH
06-26-2008, 09:18 AM
When's the last time you ever heard of _ANYTHING_ made in Saudi ?


when was the last time you heard of anything made in the US?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-26-2008, 09:21 AM
Actually, I do possess some items made in Saudi Arabia:

- a set of coffee cups and a pot

- a set of tea glasses

- two curved daggers

- not, strictly speaking, "made", but a jar of myrrh.

All inherited from my parents...

(Dubai on the other hand has one of the world's finest shiprepair yards, and they can make just about anything... )