Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

With over 40% of Dubai's office space empty, the emirate's debt to GDP ratio standing at 148%, and Abu Dhabi's recent bailout of the emirate on the verge of bankruptcy, Dubai opened the world's most ostentatious building. Over half a mile tall, it stands as a monument to all that went wrong in the last decade. A half mile seems like an abstract height for a building. To put it in perspective, the Eiffel Tower still stands as the tallest structure in Paris at 1,063 feet tall. Until yesterday, the tallest building in the world was Taipei 101, in Taiwan, nearly 2/3rds taller than the Eiffel Tower, it's 1,671 feet tall. Now, If you stack both structures on top of one another, you begin to understand how tall the Burj Dubai Tower stands at 2,717 feet tall....Uhg.

  1. January 5, 2010 -

    We were just discussing that building last night and how ostentatious it is...this is great, Larry

  2. January 8, 2010 -

    Strong quick morning sketch! I LOVE DUBAI. I would love to spend a week in Burj Al Arab and an additional week in the Atlantis in Dubai. Amazing town. I'm not a huge fan architecture but I can appreciate those structures. The town seems like a fantasy land . . . well if you're rich. How does the biblical Tower of Babel stack up against these modern structures?

  3. January 8, 2010 -

    Well, If your there as part of the super rich who may want to ski in the middle of a desert or part of the super scammmers who built a house of cards on a mountain of debt, sure it could be fun, but if your one of the over worked under paid migrant workers who work around the clock and sleep in specially-built labor camps, not so much. I just cant get over the, build it for the sake of building it, without the money or the need.