What On Earth Is This?

 

B27276 / Wed, 27 Feb 2008 12:59:03 / Environment

Two clues, three guesses.

It’s located in the United Arab Emirates.

Those aren’t Bonsai trees in the foreground, but fully grown palms. The scale of this structure is best described as enormous.

terrible bad average good great

RECENT COMMENTS

Why would you post this twice? You really don’t like the idea of them A-rabs learning how to ski, eh?

tango @ 02/27/08 13:55:17

Not the bridge.. bcause that shouldn’t start until March:

1. It’s one mile long and 670 feet tall. 2. It will have 12 lanes for traffic. 3. It will cost 817 million dollars. 4. The design has Sheikh Mohammed’s official stamp of approval. 5. The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction. 6. A metro line will run across the middle. 7. Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012.

amrev360 @ 02/27/08 14:11:14

You guys are good, but Tango I do resent the automatic assumption that I’m anti-Arab or necessarily against this project.

The “double posting” was in order to hit the front page.

On balance it may be far better for the environment that these folks have a local opportunity for what is generally an outdoor sport than to have them flying to the nearest snow -covered mountaintop for the weekend as many here do.

‘Indoor’pictures.

Peace,

GWHunta @ 02/27/08 14:17:08

if you think this is cool.. check out dubailand..

DUBAILAND™ is a member of Tatweer and the world’s most ambitious tourism, leisure and entertainment project, designed to catalyze the position of Dubai as an international hub of family tourism # The DUBAILAND™ venture is estimated at AED 235 billion # DUBAILAND™ will cover an area of 3 billion square feet # DUBAILAND™ has 7 themes: Theme parks, culture & art, science & planetariums, sports & sports academies, wellbeing & health, shopping & retail and resorts & hotels # DUBAILAND™ has a total of 45 mega projects # Projects currently operational include: Autodrome, Polo & Equestrian Club and Al Sahra Desert Resort # DUBAILAND™ expects a footfall of 40,000 visitors a day and 15 millions visitors a year once fully operational # The diverse projects under DUBAILAND™ include theme parks, eco-tourism projects, shopping malls, restaurants and residential units that are being developed by UAE, GCC and international investors # DUBAILAND™ will have a minimum of 55 hotels within its geographical location # DUBAILAND™ projects a population of 2.5 million people, which includes tourists, workers and residents, once fully operational

amrev360 @ 02/27/08 14:28:05

You really don’t like the idea of them A-rabs learning how to ski, eh?

Far more concerned with the increased evapotranspiration and secondly the CO2 emissions generated by industrial scale desalinization plants (many which are fossil fueled) that take from the sea and increase levels of water vapor (the principal and most influential GHG) in the lower troposphere.

Peace,

GWHunta @ 02/27/08 14:37:54

Dubailand should have Walt Disney rolling in his grave.

Sometimes no Peace

GWHunta @ 02/27/08 14:41:01

I do resent the automatic assumption that I’m anti-Arab or necessarily against this project.

Far more concerned with the increased evapotranspiration and secondly the CO2 emissions generated by industrial scale desalinization plants (many which are fossil fueled) that take from the sea and increase levels of water vapor (the principal and most influential GHG) in the lower troposphere.

It was a joke, I’m pretty sure you’re not like that at all, actually.

I had a pretty good idea what you were getting at – but this is a small(ish) symptom of a much larger issue, hinted at by your description of environmental alternation, the ‘conquering’ of the environment, to suit some (affluent) people’s needs.

tango @ 02/27/08 14:41:22

I must admit that while I’m partitioning off unnecessary living areas of my home and leaving them unheated throughout the winter months in order to reduce our (Sly_UPer’s and mine) carbon footprints and overall household energy consumption, the idea of a gargantuan indoor ski slope in the desert does seem a bit outlandish, but who am I to judge.

Peace,

GWHunta @ 02/27/08 14:50:26

We gave that oil money, I really don’t care what they build with it…

misanthropic @ 02/27/08 18:34:01

it’s no more absurd than Vegas

Number5Toad @ 02/28/08 00:53:35

but to be fair, Vegas is pretty damn absurd…

Number5Toad @ 02/28/08 00:53:48

Vegas is the reason I am massively opposed to them piping the great lakes water to the west coast. Fuck’em.

misanthropic @ 02/28/08 08:12:56

I gotta get me one of those. It looks like the sort of thing the Japanese would build, doesn’t it?

ah

But I agree with gwhunta, those sand coons have really gone over the line with this one.

Science @ 02/28/08 11:01:12

you guys are blowing this all out of proportion… i have it on good authority that is the foreclosed office structure of the now defunct enzyte


Haha! Fools! err… i’m in deep $h!t aren’t i?

variable @ 02/28/08 11:22:52

But I agree with gwhunta, those sand coons have really gone over the line with this one.

GWHunta and Science absolutely part company at the use of the bigoted terminology in the preceding sentence.

As for the indoor ski slope…

Code Red

GWHunta @ 02/29/08 05:50:51

We used to build cool stuff like this. At one time, 9 of the 10 tallest buildings in the world were in America. Now only one is. And if someone proposed something like the above, two million eviro-whackos would come out of the woodwork, claiming it would endanger a spotted blind mole or something.

China, Dubai, even Malaysia…all the real action is overseas now. And soon the US will wind up like like the UK…a nation that sadly remembers when it had real significance on the world stage.

ttowntom @ 03/05/08 22:49:25

viagra factory ?

JustLurking @ 03/06/08 00:05:17

At one time, 9 of the 10 tallest buildings in the world were in America

who cares?

if someone proposed something like the above, two million eviro-whackos would come out of the woodwork, claiming it would endanger a spotted blind mole or something

I wish.

sisyphus @ 03/06/08 00:12:26
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