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(Bloomberg)   Undesirable location? Faulty floor plans? Inefficient design? Lack of parking? Dubai developer still sees a need for the world's tallest office tower despite current 45% vacancy rate   (bloomberg.com) divider line 39
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2013-08-20 10:25:18 AM
le Curbusier called - he said 'HOLY CRAP THAT WILL NOT WORK IN A FARKING DESERT
 
2013-08-20 10:39:38 AM
europeans should have never given back control of middle eastern countries to their peoples.
 
2013-08-20 10:47:30 AM
Reading about life in Dubai always sounds both depressing and terrifying.  Like a giant empty country club or dead mall with lots of rules.
 
2013-08-20 10:50:42 AM
Meh.  Lots of skyscrapers start out that way, like the Empire State Building, World Trade Center, etc.
 
2013-08-20 10:56:24 AM

Easy Reader: Reading about life in Dubai always sounds both depressing and terrifying.  Like a giant empty country club or dead mall with lots of rules.


There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work? Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, NYC, and a zillion other places, but just don't understand the attraction of Dubai.

I suspect there are legal and tax reasons to fill up those buildings with workers.
 
2013-08-20 10:57:01 AM

rubi_con_man: le Curbusier called - he said 'HOLY CRAP THAT WILL NOT WORK IN A FARKING DESERT


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-20 11:06:55 AM

RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?


That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.
 
2013-08-20 11:08:19 AM

RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work? Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, NYC, and a zillion other places, but just don't understand the attraction of Dubai.


Money.
 
2013-08-20 11:20:02 AM

thurstonxhowell: RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.


My point being long term living there would seem to be hellish for workers for the reasons you describe.

Going there for a 1 week vacation with the wife to stay in a fancy hotel, enjoy the pools, restaurants, and sights (I guess) would seem understandable.
 
2013-08-20 11:25:09 AM
Whar does all poop go? Whar?
 
2013-08-20 11:31:01 AM

RoyBatty: thurstonxhowell: RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.

My point being long term living there would seem to be hellish for workers for the reasons you describe.

Going there for a 1 week vacation with the wife to stay in a fancy hotel, enjoy the pools, restaurants, and sights (I guess) would seem understandable.


6 day work weeks are common in Dubai, especially for expats. a "normal" work week is 48 hours.
 
2013-08-20 11:37:35 AM
You would think a building that big would have a nice parking garage below it.
 
2013-08-20 11:43:06 AM

vudukungfu: Whar does all poop go? Whar?


Thank Allah someone asked that question....

cdn.uplif.com
 
2013-08-20 11:50:00 AM

thurstonxhowell: Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business


Actually, the reason businesses like Dubai is that they can basically do whatever-the-fark they want. They can exploit the workers at will, and they DO. Read about how Dubai's working class is treated.

You don't want to work in Dubai. You might want to *own a business* in Dubai, if you are a ruthless prick who has no problem with slavery.
 
2013-08-20 11:54:16 AM
Architects helping a cultural dick-measuring contest.
 
2013-08-20 12:29:51 PM
I thought they were just going to keep building until the oil money ran out, and hope that whatever they built creates a sustaining economy. If that's the plan, I guess it makes sense to continue building even if things aren't filled yet.
 
2013-08-20 12:33:28 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Architects helping a cultural dick-measuring contest.


We're just here to bleed the client dry ala a fool and his money.
 
2013-08-20 12:43:52 PM
Build it just so we can find a volunteer to fly a plane into it...
 
2013-08-20 12:49:51 PM

RoyBatty: Easy Reader: Reading about life in Dubai always sounds both depressing and terrifying.  Like a giant empty country club or dead mall with lots of rules.

There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work? Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, NYC, and a zillion other places, but just don't understand the attraction of Dubai.

I suspect there are legal and tax reasons to fill up those buildings with workers.


There are no taxes in Dubai.

Plenty of slave laborers.

And Halliburton.
 
2013-08-20 12:57:01 PM

medic2731: Build it just so we can find a volunteer to fly a plane into it...


We can crash drones into it.
 
2013-08-20 01:06:57 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: vudukungfu: Whar does all poop go? Whar?

Thank Allah someone asked that question....

[cdn.uplif.com image 400x267]


Yeah, I don't get the lack of a real sewage system.  I mean, duh?
 
2013-08-20 01:11:19 PM

bostonowns: europeans should have never given back control of middle eastern countries to their peoples.


I know you're just making a funny, but a few years back some British reporter was interviewing some Yemenis that basically said that, unprompted.  "Yeah, we shouldn't have kicked you guys out, we suck at this whole self-government thing" was the gist of it.
 
2013-08-20 01:12:29 PM

RoyBatty: thurstonxhowell: RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.

My point being long term living there would seem to be hellish for workers for the reasons you describe.

Going there for a 1 week vacation with the wife to stay in a fancy hotel, enjoy the pools, restaurants, and sights (I guess) would seem understandable.


stayed for a week at Grosvenor House hotel with my wife last year.  We had a great time.  Good sightseeing, GREAT restaurants and shopping.

Also booze is not illegal.

/and yeah about the hellish for the lower class workers...that's for sure.
 
2013-08-20 01:16:23 PM
See what slavery can accomplish!
 
2013-08-20 01:30:44 PM
Dubai, the embodiment of the arab phrase 'shufuni ya nas'.
Recommended reading about Dubai.
 
2013-08-20 01:33:38 PM
Only 45%? Isn't that similar to the current urban vacancy rate in Miami?
 
2013-08-20 01:36:22 PM
076dd0a50e0c1255009e-bd4b8aabaca29897bc751dfaf75b290c.r40.cf1.rackcdn.com 
Subby, This place is great. When can we move in? You gotta try this pole. I'm gonna get my stuff. Hey. We should stay here. Tonight. Sleep here. You know, to try it out.
 
2013-08-20 02:12:14 PM

JohnAnnArbor: bostonowns: europeans should have never given back control of middle eastern countries to their peoples.

I know you're just making a funny, but a few years back some British reporter was interviewing some Yemenis that basically said that, unprompted.  "Yeah, we shouldn't have kicked you guys out, we suck at this whole self-government thing" was the gist of it.


im not joking. a hand full of people run these countries spending trillions over lifetimes while most of their people live in fear and horrible conditions. these oil theocracies are disgusting. they dont deserve their wealth.
 
2013-08-20 02:25:52 PM

dumbobruni: RoyBatty: thurstonxhowell: RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.

My point being long term living there would seem to be hellish for workers for the reasons you describe.

Going there for a 1 week vacation with the wife to stay in a fancy hotel, enjoy the pools, restaurants, and sights (I guess) would seem understandable.

6 day work weeks are common in Dubai, especially for expats. a "normal" work week is 48 hours.


What business are setting up shop there?  If you're not in the oil or bank business, what appeal does it have?

no troll, just clueless
 
2013-08-20 03:23:11 PM

TappingTheVein: Dubai, the embodiment of the arab phrase 'shufuni ya nas'.
Recommended reading about Dubai.


Wow. That article is all kinds of farked up. It's like Dubai is the world's biggest asshole magnet (except for the workers slave laborers who were brought there based on lies).
 
2013-08-20 03:24:08 PM

room at the top: What business are setting up shop there? If you're not in the oil or bank business, what appeal does it have?


I won't pretend to know much about this, but a quick look at the list companies based there shows me that there is a classified ad company called Dubizzle. Which I like to think was founded by Snoop Dogg.
 
hej
2013-08-20 03:48:08 PM
Hey, if you plan on building it with slave labor anyways, why not?
 
2013-08-20 03:58:26 PM

room at the top: dumbobruni: RoyBatty: thurstonxhowell: RoyBatty: There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

That's weird, I feel exactly opposite. Dubai will do everything they can to make itself attractive to business, so I get working there. Vacation, though? Yeah, I'd rather not have my fiancee wind up in prison for getting gang-raped. Besides, any vacation to a place where booze is illegal confuses and enrages me.

My point being long term living there would seem to be hellish for workers for the reasons you describe.

Going there for a 1 week vacation with the wife to stay in a fancy hotel, enjoy the pools, restaurants, and sights (I guess) would seem understandable.

6 day work weeks are common in Dubai, especially for expats. a "normal" work week is 48 hours.

What business are setting up shop there?  If you're not in the oil or bank business, what appeal does it have?

no troll, just clueless


Run your consulting business from there - your employees are everywhere, you pay no tax at HQ.
Ditto for a patent troll operation or music licensing.
Import thousands of low-level Indian techs to do software testing or call center work; cheap labor without the distractions of home.

Tax havens (like the Cayman Islands) need attorneys, accountants, and office workers.
 
2013-08-20 04:09:17 PM

RoyBatty: Easy Reader: Reading about life in Dubai always sounds both depressing and terrifying.  Like a giant empty country club or dead mall with lots of rules.

There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?


$$$

Prior to the global economic clusterfark there was a lot of money flying around there, particularly for male professionals with British or American passports, more than similar work would pay in the US and much more than the work would pay in the UK - and all of it tax free. If you didn't have kids you could put away a lot of cash very quickly while going out partying all weekend. As long as you didn't get into road rage with the wrong person or drive home drunk to save on a $10 cab fare you would most likely have had an incident free stay.
 
2013-08-20 04:13:18 PM

Target Builder: RoyBatty: Easy Reader: Reading about life in Dubai always sounds both depressing and terrifying.  Like a giant empty country club or dead mall with lots of rules.

There are so many places I would love to live in, but I just do not understand why people go to Dubai to work. Maybe to vacation, but work?

$$$

Prior to the global economic clusterfark there was a lot of money flying around there, particularly for male professionals with British or American passports, more than similar work would pay in the US and much more than the work would pay in the UK - and all of it tax free. If you didn't have kids you could put away a lot of cash very quickly while going out partying all weekend. As long as you didn't get into road rage with the wrong person or drive home drunk to save on a $10 cab fare you would most likely have had an incident free stay.


...or go crazy with the credit cards, since they have actual debtor's prisons there.
 
2013-08-20 04:31:37 PM
This all Winston Churchill's fault.

/mostly
//some... it was probably inevitable
 
2013-08-20 09:36:32 PM
45% empty?

So that means that many less people dead
when world's tallest building becomes the world's largest target.

/sooner or later...
 
2013-08-20 11:35:16 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: vudukungfu: Whar does all poop go? Whar?

Thank Allah someone asked that question....

[cdn.uplif.com image 400x267]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pQdjwliLMA
 
2013-08-21 06:38:25 AM
Dubai is the global monument to stupidity. They read Ozymandias and said "Great idea!"
 
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