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#1 Bingo

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 08:22 AM

If one location in the Gulf region is the poster boy for building big, it's Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa - all 163 stories of it - pierces the city's sky and manages to make nearby 50-story towers seem diminutive. Little here appears built on a human scale and the quest for superlatives is the norm: The world's most-visited shopping attraction (the Dubai Mall), the world's tallest building, the world's highest fountain

 

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Nobody does it bigger: Construction continues apace in Dubai.

If the 2009 global financial crisis caused many projects in the Emirate to stall, new rules and consolidation of developers over the last few years have seen construction continue apace. Government figures from 2012 show that over 467,000 people were working in the construction industry in Dubai; the population is around 2.2 million.

According to Ventures Middle East, construction contracts for 2015 are projected to be around $50 billion, almost double what they were two years ago.

Dubai will host Expo 2020, which will fill in a huge swath of the desert near the new Al Maktoum airport, and many developers have seen it as a boost to other projects and investment in the city.

 

 

 

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Even though Dubai International Airport is one of the world's largest buildings measured by floor space, it can still feel

like an airport in constant catch-up mode, bursting at the seams.

 

In 2013, its 66.5 million passenger movements made Dubai the world's second busiest international airport after Heathrow

- and it's on target to take the number-one spot in 2015.

By 2020, the airport predicts passenger traffic to pass the 100-million mark. Much of that success is down to location.

"A third of the world's population lives within four hours' flight time. Stretch that to eight hours flying and you lasso another third,"

says Julius Baumann, corporate communication manager for Dubai Airports.

 

 

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List of development projects in Dubai
 
 


#2 Mike K.

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 09:58 AM

Yeah it's nuts.

What's also nuts is such a wealthy nation relies almost entirely on near slave labor construction workers courtesy of India. Billion dollar projects in one of the wealthiest nations built by trades earning pennies on the dollar compared to our wages.

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 12:03 PM

I've been to Kuwait. The Al Hamra tower is mostly empty. It's no Dubai but I expect that it's a lot of show there too.... I'll post some interior photos of Al Hamra if interested...
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#4 Sparky

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 01:05 PM

^ I'm interested.



#5 Mike K.

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 01:24 PM

Here's more info on Al Hamra: http://skyscraperpag...uildingID=41402


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#6 dasmo

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 08:22 PM

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 08:23 PM

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#8 dasmo

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 08:23 PM

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#9 dasmo

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 08:23 PM

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#10 Mike K.

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 08:33 AM

Hey, that's great dasmo, thanks. We'll throw these photos up on SkyscraperPage's Facebook page.


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#11 Wayne

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 07:38 PM

Been to Dubai numerous times.

 

The money there is staggering.  The airport is world class and will still continue to grow. 

 

Building world class buildings seems to set a new bar every six months.

 

It is all very sterilized.

 

I would take Victoria any day in every which way.



#12 Mike K.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:47 AM

Dubai's airport is projected to be the busiest in the world soon. That's crazy.

Meanwhile Canada has done everything possible to keep Emirates and Etihad out of our skies in a meaningful capacity.

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#13 jonny

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:03 AM

Dubai just seems so vain to me, but their buildings sure have gotten them a ton of press in recent years.

 

I had no idea Dubai's airport was so massive.



#14 dasmo

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 12:21 PM

It's the hub for the entire region. The Kilkenny at 9 AM at the Irish pub was great welcome on my way home :-) Dubai is probably the jewel of the region gaudy as it is it is the most forward thinking...as compared to western ideals...

#15 LJ

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

Mike K., on 30 Dec 2014 - 11:47 AM, said:

Dubai's airport is projected to be the busiest in the world soon. That's crazy.

Meanwhile Canada has done everything possible to keep Emirates and Etihad out of our skies in a meaningful capacity.

Emirates and Etihad drive all their passengers through Dubai coming and going so it is going to be a busy spot.

Canada has rightfully restricted them from taking more slots at YYZ as they would drive Air Canada into receivership again and then you would have less choices than you do now. It also helps that they are state sponsored by a very wealthy state.


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#16 Mike K.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:57 PM

What choices? YYJ has two direct flights courtesy of Air Canada. The airline does the bare minimum.

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#17 LJ

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 07:05 PM

Mike K., on 30 Dec 2014 - 7:57 PM, said:

What choices? YYJ has two direct flights courtesy of Air Canada. The airline does the bare minimum.

 

Well I can assure you that Emirates is never going to provide a flight to anywhere from Victoria.

 

What I meant is that Emirates would take all the middle east flying away from Air Canada through predatory pricing and route everyone through Dubai increasing their regional flying and profits.


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#18 Mike K.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 09:31 PM

For sure, but Air Canada is screwing us in Victoria and they don't care. Neither does VIA Rail. Air Canada has been equally as predatory against the likes of Westjet and other newcomers and has taken us to school with their fares over the years. Few Canadians have much sympathy for the airline.

 

Emirates and Etihad would benefit Canadian travellers --  so much so that Air Canada's lobbyists went on a war path in Ottawa to ensure the government wouldn't give them any more slots.


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#19 LJ

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 07:22 PM

If you look at the deal Qantas made with Emirates to try to get out of the economic quagmire they are in, and in time it is just going to make them a regional carrier for Emirates. There will be some benefits at the outset but over time your choice will disappear and you will be over the barrel.

 

Air Canada doesn't treat YYJ as a real airport nor does WestJet, it is just a spoke to drive traffic to their hub, hence so few direct flights to anywhere from here. Unfortunately that is our lot in life for the foreseeable future. 


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 09:07 AM

We don't have near the population to be more than a spoke.



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