Sunday, July 22, 2007
Upon its completion, the Burj Dubai is slated to become the tallest man-made structure in the world. It will surpass the Taipei 101, a skyscraper in Taiwan, as humankind's tallest (that is, phallic) architectural display. The message is fairly simple: "Hey Westerners, Dubai is a big deal."
As economic development sweeps over parts of Asia and certain oil countries, more and more towers will be erected in our sister hemisphere. It's an interesting process.
I'm sure there are plenty of other curious, rapidly developing cities out there. Doha is another oil country capital, featuring the almost extraterrestrial Aspire Tower (below). And Noida, India, (also below) is a city named after a governmental entity.