Burj Dubai towers above, but at What environmental cost?

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We covered the grand opening ceremony of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Tower, formerly called Burj Dubai. But amidst all the fireworks and fanfare, does this 818 meter high monument  to human engineering achievement represent any innovations towards combating global warming, climate change, or other environmental breakthrough – or is it simply another “Tower of Babel,” constructed […]

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Dubai Inaugurates World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa

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Reporters were given a sneak peak at Burj Khalifa at 828m tall, this week. The world’s tallest building, could attract international investment to the debt-afflicted emirate. Dubai inaugurated Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE), the world’s tallest building, with a spectacular display of sound, light, water and […]

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Middle East/Med Region Could Solar Power World 3 Times Over

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The sunny MENA (Middle East- North Africa) region and its associated countries could solar power the world, Maurice reports. This map-maker left out Israel. Middle Eastern and North African countries, often referred to under the umbrella term MENA countries, have the potential to create more than 3 times the world’s power needs, according to a […]

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Lebanon's Going Ahead With $8 Billion Cedar Islands Project, Despite Dubai Debt

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We reported earlier in the year that a Beirut-based property developer has designs to build a Dubai “World”-like set of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon. Modelled after Dubai’s The World and Palm Islands, developers in Lebanon report that its $8 billion development project will not sink. This is all despite […]

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"The World" Is In Trouble As Dubai Seeks Debt Hold on Mega-Islands Construction Project

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Dubai’s been building without limits and now seeks debt hold on “The World” artificial islands project. When the idea was conceived, money seemed limitless, their goals too: Real Estate developers Nakheel of the artificial island “World” project in Dubai now say they will ask creditors to accept a moratorium on debt worth billions of dollars, […]

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Lebanon Running Out of Fish

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(Lebanese fishermen in southern Tyre clean their catch. Photo from AFP.) Southern Lebanese fishermen say their catch has slumped from 88 pounds a day in the 60s and 70s to a measly three or four-pound daily take because of aggressive dynamite fishing, overfishing and pollution. According to a report published by AFP, the Lebanese marine […]

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Burj Dubai and the Tower of Babel

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Few building projects have received as much attention and fanfare as Dubai’s Burj Dubai 800 + meter skyscraper, that including its top tower will be the tallest building in the world. A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the Burj tower, which when completed will contain residential and business properties selling at $3,500 […]

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Dubai's Artificial World Islands Are Killing Corals and Pushing Nature Out of the Sea

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Dubai’s mega developmental projects, including several artificial islands complexes, are beginning to cause a number of environmental concerns. The artificial islands, which when completed will contain large numbers of residential and commercial properties (including vacation resorts) are already having their effect on marine life in the Persian Gulf. One particular project, The World, encompasses three […]

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Masdar City In Abu Dhabi Could Be Practical Community Innovation, Or Expensive Showcase

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Masdar City, a unique and innovative commercial and residential project underway in Abu Dhabi, is being promoted as the first carbon free community in the world. Begun in 2006, and conceived by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, the entire project will eventually house some 50,000 people and 1.500 businesses supplying environmentally friendly products, the […]

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Burj Tower In Dubai A Steep Investment During Tough Economic And Environmental Times

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It seems that the Emirate state of Dubai is continuing to construct projects that are not only grand but totally unique as well (see its wind-powered skyscraper here). Not only do they have world’s first indoor snow ski slope, the world’s most modern and advanced airport, and most luxurious hotel The Dubai Atlantis (with “Bridge” […]

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Is "Skyscraper Farming" the Future of Farming in the Middle East?

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Imagine being able to place an entire farm, complete with crops and livestock, in the same space as is required for one of today’s modern urban skyscrapers.  A Columbia University professor, Dickson Despommier, has been involved in such a project that could turn a 30 story glass faced building into a vertical agricultural enterprise capable […]

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