It’s emblematic of a pissing contest the Emirate of Dubai went broke attempting to win. They took out ~$80B in building loans and went into liquidation or deserted most initiatives through the 2008 housing crises. The previous president of neighbouring Emirate Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, bailed Dubai out and renamed Burn Dubai – Burj Khalifa after himself.
As I perceive it ~30% of the constructing was unoccupied in 2022 and it nonetheless didn’t have functioning wastewater system to help the capability so it’s wastewater is trucked out. Quite a few failures, however do agree there’s some spectacular structural engineering nonetheless.
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