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(Metro)   Google street view climbs the Burj Khalifa in Dubai for some stunning views   (metro.co.uk) divider line 33
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2013-06-25 08:59:19 PM
What we need is some of those photo-shopped to show 100 years from now.
 
2013-06-25 10:46:26 PM
If only there was a way to get a bird's eye view like that of any place in the world.
 
2013-06-25 10:50:41 PM
You can now see what it's like to stand on top of the world's tallest building from the comfort of your living room chair.


And quite honestly, that's as close as I EVER want to get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, thank you very much.
 
2013-06-25 10:51:34 PM
At least gas prices are high for a reason.
 
2013-06-25 10:52:08 PM
The pictures of the workers are interesting.

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2013-06-25 10:57:22 PM

jaytkay: The pictures of the workers are interesting.

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"Isn't that painting just the most precious thing ever?"
 
2013-06-25 10:57:59 PM
How'd they get that car up to the top of the building?
 
2013-06-25 10:58:29 PM

Mr. Lahey: If only there was a way to get a bird's eye view like that of any place in the world.


If only there was a way to shoot down the drones that keep droning on with the same old mem.........?
 
2013-06-25 11:01:14 PM
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NotARocketScientist: How'd they get that car up to the top of the building?

 
2013-06-25 11:01:35 PM
Looks like an amazingly romantic place to take your girlfriend, and not dare kiss her for fear of lashings and or imprisonment.
 
2013-06-25 11:02:47 PM
@red5ish

... who the fark took that photo?
 
2013-06-25 11:04:02 PM

Benza: @red5ish

... who the fark took that photo?


I...don't know...someone with a really long stick?
 
2013-06-25 11:07:04 PM
The Petronas Towers are pretty awesome, too.
 
2013-06-25 11:11:44 PM
It's said that the movement on the top floors is so bad, they will have barf bags in boxes on the walls.
 
2013-06-25 11:13:01 PM

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 NotARocketScientist: How'd they get that car up to the top of the building?


Doesn't that pic just make you long for someone to come by and just yell BOO! right in his ear?
 
2013-06-25 11:18:22 PM

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 NotARocketScientist: How'd they get that car up to the top of the building?


There is not an amount of money in the world that could get me to do that.
 
2013-06-25 11:35:07 PM
I can very much appreciate the architecture, engineering and construction of this building, and would love to be able to go all the way to the top, but look at the surrounding area. A boomtown in a desolate sandpit. It's Las Vegas x100. And it's in Dubai. Why would anyone ever want to go to Dubai?
 
2013-06-25 11:35:59 PM
Glad they got those pictures while they could, that place will be swallowed up by the desert in another 20 years.
 
2013-06-25 11:45:09 PM
What I'm waiting for is for Google to get some cool shots from the Twin Towers.
 
2013-06-25 11:52:57 PM

Matthew Keene: What I'm waiting for is for Google to get some cool shots from the Twin Towers.

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2013-06-26 12:04:20 AM
So, it looks like a kilometer away is all bare land? Why is there a need to have such huge buildings (besides even the Burj Khalifa) in such a low population, low-density area?

Vance Uppercut: At least gas prices are high for a reason.


"Dubai's oil output made up 2.1 percent of the Persian Gulf emirate's economy in 2008, slipping from about half its income in the 1970s"
 
2013-06-26 12:15:25 AM

red5ish: [img706.imageshack.us image 500x650]
 NotARocketScientist: How'd they get that car up to the top of the building?


That picture scares the crap out of me.

/also it's taken from a dizzying height.
 
2013-06-26 12:24:38 AM
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2013-06-26 12:59:12 AM
And it still doesn't have a sewer system.
 
2013-06-26 01:01:08 AM

StopLurkListen: So, it looks like a kilometer away is all bare land? Why is there a need to have such huge buildings (besides even the Burj Khalifa) in such a low population, low-density area?


Because it looks cool, silly.
 
2013-06-26 01:38:30 AM

SurelyShirley: I can very much appreciate the architecture, engineering and construction of this building, and would love to be able to go all the way to the top, but look at the surrounding area. A boomtown in a desolate sandpit. It's Las Vegas x100. And it's in Dubai. Why would anyone ever want to go to Dubai?


It's not even a boomtown anymore, the recession put a stop to it. Most of those buildings are empty.
 
2013-06-26 03:00:22 AM
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2013-06-26 03:59:07 AM

Matthew Keene: What I'm waiting for is for Google to get some cool shots from the Twin Towers.



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2013-06-26 05:20:06 AM

StopLurkListen: So, it looks like a kilometer away is all bare land? Why is there a need to have such huge buildings (besides even the Burj Khalifa) in such a low population, low-density area?

Vance Uppercut: At least gas prices are high for a reason.

"Dubai's oil output made up 2.1 percent of the Persian Gulf emirate's economy in 2008, slipping from about half its income in the 1970s"




You pretty much answered your own question. Dubai existed for a very long time as a fishing and trading village,and not much else. Then pearls became valuable and desired, and Dubai had lots of pearls, so their economy switched and came to rely almost entirely on the pearling industry. Then the value of pearls crashed, and they were left to starve to death.

After a tough period, oil was discovered! Not just a little oil, but a lot! Well, thing is, the ruler of Dubai was a very educated man and he saw that even though they had a bunch of oil money, it was a finite resource that would vanish as quick as it came. So the incredibly wise ruler of Dubai decided they must spend this oil money on improving the country and establishing an economy that didn't rely on oil revenue. So that's exactly what he did.

They sat down and said "Well, the only thing we have besides oil is sun and beaches"... So clearly the wisest choice was to aim for a leisure economy. How do you attract people to a city? By making it flipping awesome! So they proceeded to build the most marvelous buildings and city that the world has ever seen.

Pictures of Dubai do not give credit to its scale... It has as many skyscrapers as New York City. As a matter of fact, all of the "tall" looking buildings in the skyline are taller than the empire state building. Including the Burj Al Arab (the hotel that looks like a sail).

...and so far, it's working. Ten years ago oil revenue accounted for over 80% of Dubai's GDP. Today, it's less than 20%. While it is true they stalled during the 2008 crash, they've since recovered and are doing rather well, most of the construction has restarted and property values are doing just fine.

Why would anyone want to live in Dubai? Well, "anyone" wouldn't. Rich people would. There is no larger concentration of luxury amenities in the world than in Dubai, and they have very favorable business conditions. They've established tax free zones, so if you put your bank in their financial district, you pay zero taxes, for example.

Also, since it's a city of basically no one but millionaires and their support staff, there are quite simply absurd networking opportunities. Everyone you ever talk to is a potential client or useful in someway or another for making money. Every bar, every restaurant.. You're only going to meet business owners and bankers, etc. Great people to be around if you yourself are looking to make a bunch of money.

Dubai is a wondrous place... It's the Arab Dream (tm). It's literally the Emerald City. While it is true they are a Muslim culture, they are one of the most open and westernized places in the world. Hell, 80% of their population are expats... If that doesn't scream tolerance, I don't know what does.
 
2013-06-26 05:35:36 AM
Another important factor is that Dubai is physically located right in between The West and The East.  So it makes it an easy convention center or stop over site when doing business between Asia and Europe.  While Americans aren't too keen on Dubai (dem damn muslins), its the hotness in upper class European culture.  The Brits in particular are buying up Dubai like mad.  Most American celebrities etc have some kind of place in Dubai.  Hell, Tiger Woods has his own golf course there.
 
2013-06-26 06:05:22 AM
Damn my post got cut off.  Was trying to post some pictures.

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This is the Dubai Marina, home to the "Tallest block in the world".  The Dubai Marina sort of snakes through a large part of the city, with Canals etc, so rich people can drive their boats around the city instead of cars, should they choose.  Rich people like boats.

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The "Infinite Tower", a twisting structure.
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This picture gives you a better idea of the scale of the city
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Palm island and Atlantis resort
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Dubai also has the worlds largest indoor ski resort
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I wish i had more pics... for those who like Indy car, the Dubai track actually goes  through the attached hotel, which I think is neat.
 
2013-06-26 10:52:44 AM

Alonjar: Damn my post got cut off.  Was trying to post some pictures.

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This is the Dubai Marina, home to the "Tallest block in the world".  The Dubai Marina sort of snakes through a large part of the city, with Canals etc, so rich people can drive their boats around the city instead of cars, should they choose.  Rich people like boats.

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The "Infinite Tower", a twisting structure.
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This picture gives you a better idea of the scale of the city
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Palm island and Atlantis resort
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Dubai also has the worlds largest indoor ski resort
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I wish i had more pics... for those who like Indy car, the Dubai track actually goes  through the attached hotel, which I think is neat.


Now there's a place to visit before the Apocalypse!
 
2013-06-26 11:14:55 AM

Optimal_Illusion: Now there's a place to visit before the Apocalypse!


Are you kidding? In a hundred years, it'll be like the Manhattan scene in A.I. Except, it'll be sand instead of water.
 
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