Burj Dubai Tower: Arab Race for Worlds Tallest Buildings

Burj Dubai Tower United Arab EmiratesThe Burj Dubai (Tower of Dubai) now under construction in UAE is going to be the tallest building in the world upon completion in 2008. It is estimated to cost about 900 million US dollars and will probably be over twice the size of the famous Empire State Building. But the Tower is designed to be the centre of a large-scale, mixed-use development with another 19 residential towers among other constructions. The complete development will cost more than US$ 8 billion. The official height of the building or the number of stories cannot be confirmed because the final height is officially being kept a secret due to competition purposes!

Wikipedia reports, “Though unconfirmed, Burj Dubai has been through several height increases since its inception. […] Contradictory information abounds regarding the official final height of the building, which is to be expected considering the building seeks to acquire the designation as the world’s tallest structure upon completion in 2008. The website Burjdubaiskyscraper.com mentions a rumoured final height of 916 metres as of a posting on September 28, 2006, but this is contradicted by a September 20 posting of a GoWealthy.com article listing a height over 940 metres or 3084 feet.” But whatever the final height will be, it is going to handsomely beat the current world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and even the tallest freestanding structure (on land) Toronto’s CN Tower.

Worlds tallest buildings and structures listNow, no doubt Burj Dubai Tower will be a very beautiful and amazing engineering feat. It will be an architectural marvel. It will be a symbol of Dubai’s achievements and a national pride for the people of Dubai and UAE and possibly even to all Muslims. But the question remains, is it absolutely necessary to build such a tall building? Why waste money unnecessarily when there are so many critical and noble things to do? What is the use or who cares for such world records?

The average man on the streets doesn’t give two hoots for any world record. A Dane told me that before the Danish cartoon controversy many Americans thought Denmark was the capital of Sweden! There you have it. We live in a world where the average citizen don’t know nor care whether Denmark is a country or city! What fat chance is there for Dubai Tower making a world impression? It is nothing but an extravagant Arab monument of oil wealth, conceit, ego and a white elephant. Anyone with a commonsense will see this building for what it is – ‘another imprudent petrodollar extravaganza’.

UAE Worlds tallest building Burj Dubai tower skylineIn recent years Dubai and UAE at large has become an ultra modern state thanks to visionary leaders and oil money. Today, together with Singapore and Hong Kong, Dubai is one of the commercial hubs of Asia. The country has a highly advance infrastructure and all the luxuries 21st century can provide. But the United Arab Emirates is yet to develop in industrial production, scientific and technological fields. Why not invest this money in science and technological research? This way the country will benefit for many generations and also UAE will quickly become an industrial developed nation. Why not stop spending on extravagant buildings and hotels but invest this money in these fields and make Dubai the Asian technological hub? Or what about making UAE an international educational centre by building state-of-the-art universities and research institutes like in Australia or Canada? Billions of dollars spent on extravagant monuments if invested wisely is sufficient to make UAE both a technological and educational hub. That will bring Dubai more world attention and accolade than 20 such Towers of Dubai ever will.

United Arab Emirates has already made enough world records and super structures by building the most cost hotels, buildings and huge artificial islands. Dubai is spending 900 million dollars on Burj Dubai Tower alone. Yet the Muslims are starving to death all over the world. Imagine what 900 million dollars would do for the Tsunami devastated Indonesian Muslims. Just imagine if the Dubai invested the billions it spends on vain constructions in constructing factories, schools, roads in neighbouring poor Arab nation of Yemen? Within a decade or two Yemen will become a very stable and industrially developed country which will benefit its 20 million people who are now having a very hard time.

Before I wrap up, let me remind you of Prophet Muhammad’s warning regarding tall Buildings. Prophet Muhammad (sal) said one of the signs of the day of judgement will be the competition among nations to build tall buildings. This doesn’t mean it’s not good to build tall buildings and there are occasions when we need high rise buildings like in congested areas. But it’s very sad to see Muslims wasting money to build tall and extravagant buildings for competition purposes. We are playing with billions when millions of Muslims starve. Allah almighty has warned us we will be held accountable for every cent that passed through our hands in this life. What will our fate be on the day of judgement?

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23 Responses to Burj Dubai Tower: Arab Race for Worlds Tallest Buildings

  1. This is an example of ‘pure’ arab achievement. reminiscent of the achievements of the great arab empire that conquered the south asians to the spanish, because of ‘pure’ arab pride, science and tech. The giving of equality in power to conquered turks, blacks, mulattoes, berbers and spaniards led to the empire demise. Only ‘pure’ arab descent can achive the ambition and drive of power. Other ethnicites strive to arab. But only those blood descendants achieve!

    From a ‘pure’ christian arab!

    • Love, don't hate. : ) says:

      I don’t think I have ever heard so much verbal diarrhea in my life!

      Pure arab! haha! It is this ethic arrogance which has left the arabs behind in science, education, astronomy, mathematics, and what not. It wasn’t the arabs who built these buildings, they just funded this vulgar display of tack – they are so heavily dependent on other countries they are trying to build empires on stacks of hay – they import the wealth of knowledge and expertise from foreigners.

      It is this supreme being attitude which has divided muslim communities and left the arabs behind. You just have to look at the likes of Muslim nations such as Bangladesh and Pakistan – who despite not being particularly rich in resources seem to be really getting out there. It is Muslims from non arab nations that are really making a change in the real world rather than in casinos, department stores and red light districts.

  2. iceman says:

    David Makoul

    “pure arab achievement”? Its all being built by the germans,british etc
    Arabs dont have the brains or experience or tools to build anything like what is being built in the UAE/Dubai… All arabs are doing is paying the white man to build. Also whites built all the oil refineries,oil wells, built your nations, drew out your maps choose your leaders etc…

    Also “arab empire”? The arabs where savages who used to bury there babies that where not male alive before islam, there belief in islam made them a power for a short time before others took over, not arabism. The mongolians and tatar turks crushed most of the so called arab empire in a very short time and took over.

    So in conclusion basically arabs havent done anything for a 1000years accept for living in the desert and being ruled by others wether british,ottomans,seljuk turks, french, americans, mongolians, persians etc…..

  3. Vinay says:

    Burj Dubai has now eclispsed even the CN Tower of canada. You read here:
    http://desinotes.com/burj-dubai-races-past-cn-tower

  4. Daniel Chew Singapore says:

    Just to add some general facts.

    Arab empires dominated the known world from the middle of the seventh centaury to the thirteenth centaury. 600 hundred years is a long long time. To put that it perspective, the US dominance as a single superpower has not even span a centaury.

    During their rule, tremendous progress was made in the fields of science and technology; – engineering, medicine, public health care, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy law, psychology, accounting, public administration, town planning, transportation, trade, finance and banking to name a few. But this contribution and progress was made possible by not Arabs alone by various nationalities which were encouraged and supported by the Arab rulers.

    Although the Mongols captured the Caliph in Baghdad they themselves were decimated when they tried to invade Egypt and Syria and could not penetrate into the “Arab world” further than the Tigris River (which is actually the fringe of the “Arab world” to the east).

    It is only natural that empire rise and fall. The Arab empires are no exception. The Turks were great empire builders too no doubt. But they owe it partly directly or indirectly to their Arab predecessors for its/thier foundation and the know-how of running an empire.

  5. Daniel Chew Singapore says:

    Just to add some general facts.

    Arab empires dominated the known world from the middle of the seventh century to the thirteenth century. 600 hundred years is a long long time. To put that it perspective, the US dominance as a single superpower has not even span a century.

    During their rule, tremendous progress was made in the fields of science and technology; – engineering, medicine, public health care, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy law, psychology, accounting, public administration, town planning, transportation, trade, finance and banking to name a few. But this contribution and progress was made possible by not Arabs alone by various nationalities which were encouraged and supported by the Arab rulers.

    Although the Mongols captured the Caliph in Baghdad they themselves were decimated when they tried to invade Egypt and Syria and could not penetrate into the “Arab world” further than the Tigris River (which is actually the fringe of the “Arab world” to the east).

    It is only natural that empire rise and fall. The Arab empires are no exception. The Turks were great empire builders too no doubt. But they owe it partly directly or indirectly to their Arab predecessors for its/thier foundation and the know-how of running an empire.

  6. american says:

    i dislike arabs and i hope they get what they deserve!! i think they are dumb asses and they all want to compete with americans.lol you people will never achieve anything . you amount to nothing! and you all suck hahaha lmfao!!!!!!!!!! you suck!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hodan Jama says:

      Your arrogance is laughable. Sweetie do you know how long America existed? Then compare to how long the arab countries existed. Furthermore, The arab countries a lot to the world than america did.This is coming from a non arab.

  7. mumahmed bubamid says:

    i think the taj bubaj is a wonderful building

  8. mawra says:

    ————

  9. Faisal says:

    Its true.

  10. anonymous says:

    that’s pretty ignorant.
    people dont say they hate all americans because they invaded iraq and killed many innocent people.

    go get educated.

  11. Jorg says:

    When people stop thinking of “Arab world” or “Western world” or whatever world, and begin thinking of one single world that celebrates in all its diversity and draws strength and wisdom from all people, THEN we will see achievements beyond our current wildest imaginings.

    We’ve only got one planet, and each of us only has one life to live. Peace = true prosperity.

  12. That my commints is reserved for muslims

  13. saadia says:

    the f the constuction of very tall buildings and competition of it was prophesised by the prophet muhammad (saw) 1400 years ago- this is currently happening- it is a sign of the last day
    “barefooted naked Bedouins competing to build highrises.”- prophet muhammad

  14. LOL @ 1st post says:

    It’s arabs like you that make arabs the most stupidest people on the planet today. Your living in the past, you no longer dominate the known world. You lick the Americans assess and have no respect for other Arabs (Saudis hating Iraqis and vice versa) and think that other muslims (pakistanis) and not true muslims. Also who are the ones currently building new buildings in Ajman and Sharjah in UAE? Indians and Sri Lankans. The Arabs have done nothing in the past hundred years except become nationalistic and help destroy the Ottoman Caliphate.

  15. Kaiser Soze says:

    I have lived and worked for 3 years in the UAE.

    I have found that the reason that so many things are built there that are the biggest, longest, tallest, most expensive, most shiny etc etc is for the simple reason that the money is available. It is there. Pots and pots of it. These projects are nothing but sinks to try to immerse all this money. Not of all it is honest money.

    Many Saudis come into the UAE to invest their money. They can’t earn interest in Saudi because of Sharia banking laws. So they come to Dubai looking for an outrageously ambitious project to invest in. That’s the honest money.

    Recently 3 Albanian gangsters were arrested at Dubai airport. They had suitcases full of dollars that they later told police was for investment in Dubai villas. They had actually been deported by THEIR OWN government. Dubai was being actually being used as a human dustbin by Albania to deposit their human garbage.

    The Iranian revolutionary guards invest much of the money that they have embezzled from the Iranian people in Dubai.

    Many Afghan government ministers come to Dubai to spend the stolen money that the Americans have poured into their corrupt and hopeless country.

    The money is there in MASSIVE amounts, so it needs projects to launder it. Dubai can provide these.

  16. sarah says:

    shut up and stop your ranting
    hey, so you’ve read a couple newspaper articles and watch some news….
    this is shit

  17. State the obvious says:

    So who will be flying planes into this one?

  18. ziyan says:

    normally present arabians do everythng for show.we cant say them as muslim or they know about islam,because they waste money like karoon.they should know that oneday allah will ask about it.dear arabians prepare to answer those question.

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  20. Nasoro says:

    Could we claim that burji is a tower tal building or is it a dymasty in an islamic world.

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