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    How to Finance :: Dream...
    Project: The Voyager update project
    Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:

    Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and the Emir of Dubai.

    Why the Emir of Dubai?

    Well we wanted to look for certain parties with aspirations to become a planetary actor—or at least be recognized as one.

    Here are just a few things Dubai has done to—*cough*—be “unique.”

    A trend here is: “The World’s Largest ", "The World's Only", or my favorite: "We're-so-loaded-we'll-actually-do-this!”

    The Palm Islands

    The Palm Islands are artificial islands in on which major commercial and residential infrastructure will be constructed. The islands are the largest land reclamation projects in the world and will result in the world's largest artificial islands.

    The World

    The World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai.

    The Burj Dubai

    The Burj Dubai is a super tall skyscraper that—when completed in late 2008—is predicted to be the tallest man-made structure in the world. Scheduled for occupancy in September 2009, the Burj Dubai has been designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 0.03 km² (0.01 sq mi) of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 0.12 km² (0.05 sq mi) man-made Burj Dubai Lake. Burj Dubai will cost US$ 800 million to build and the entire 2 km² (0.77 sq mi) development will cost around US$ 20 billion.

    The Burj Al Arab

    The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. At 321 meters (1,053 ft), it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. However, the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, which has already topped Burj Al Arab's height, will take away this title upon its opening in April 2008. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 meters (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat.


    The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort is a planned hotel which will be the world's first underwater luxury resort. It's situated 66 feet below the surface of the Persian Gulf, just off Jumeira Beach in Dubai. Reinforced by concrete and steel, its Plexiglas walls and bubble-shaped dome ceilings will enable guests to see fish and other sea creatures. It is basically divided into three sections: the land station, where guests will be welcomed; the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel; and the 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. It will cover an area of 260 hectares, about the size of London's Hyde Park, and will cost an estimated £300 million. It is self-acclaimed to be a 10-star hotel.

    And of course, one of their newest projects—just put out in the news recently:

    Dubai to Build the World’s Largest Arch Bridge by 2012

    - It will be one mile long and 670 feet tall.
    - It will have 12 lanes for traffic.
    - It will cost 817 million dollars.
    - The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
    - A metro line will run across the middle.
    - Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012.

    Wed, Feb 13, 2008  Permanent link
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