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New plans for world's tallest building unveiled in Dubaihttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/3142023/New-plans-for-worlds-tallest-building-unveiled-in-Dubai.htmlBoomtown Feels Effects of a Global Crisis [Free registration may be required]http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/05/world/middleeast/05dubai.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=dubai&st=cse&oref=loginGeneration Faithful: Young and Arab in Land of Mosques and Bars [Free registration may be required]http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/world/middleeast/22dubai.htmlBurj Dubai [Macromedia Flash Player]http://www.burjdubai.com/Nakheel: Where Vision Inspires Humanity [Macromedia Flash Player]http://www.nakheel.com/Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat [pdf]http://www.ctbuh.org/Throughout history, humans have built monuments to the gods, commerce, and sport. Over the past century, the construction of massive structures stretching towards the sky has grown quite feverish, and in the past decade, the skyline of Dubai has continued to burgeon with dozens of new skyscrapers. One only need to look at a photograph of the view along Sheik Zayed Road running through the heart of this metropolis to get a sense of what the city has become in recent years. This week, despite the growing financial crisis, the Dubai developer Nakheel announced that they would be starting work on what would be the world's tallest structure. It should be noted that Dubai already contains what will shortly be the world's tallest structure in the form of the Burj Dubai, which is scheduled for completion in September 2009. At a press conference this past Sunday, company spokesman Christopher O'Donnell stated that this new building would be the centerpiece of a new development in Dubai's inner harbor. Plans for the building indicate that the structure will be over 200 stories high and over 3200 feet tall. The Nakheel company is already well versed in such mega-projects, as they also recently worked on the massive man-made island project in the shape of a palm tree and the world in Dubai. The first link will take users to a piece from NDTV Arabia which talks about this plan to build a 200-story structure in Dubai. The second link will whisk users to a piece in this Monday's Telegraph which talks about the particulars of this ambitious plan. The third link will take users to an article from this Sunday's New York Times discussing some of the potential financial challenges that may affect economic growth in Dubai. Moving on, the fourth link leads to a recent piece from the New York Times which talks about the challenges and opportunities facing young Muslims in modern Dubai. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the Burj Dubai. Here visitors can learn more about this rather amazing structure and take an online tour. The sixth link leads to the homepage of the Nakheel development company, and visitors can explore and learn about some of their upcoming and recent projects. Finally, the last link leads to the delightful homepage of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Here visitors will find basic answers to the question, "What is a tall building and how is its height measured?" along with news updates on new construction and a tall building image database.
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