A metaphor for our times

by nkronos on January 24, 2011

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building…and boondoggle. At an estimated cost of $1.5 billion, it is believed to be less than 10 percent occupied. Now comes worse news for the oil-rich United Arab Emirates and their capital, Dubai; their flagship development, The World, is sinking back into the Persian Gulf:

According to evidence presented to a property tribunal, the World islands off the coast of Dubai are sinking.

The “Dubai World Tribunal” was set up to hear cases arising out of the multiple problems that the outlandishly ambitious scheme has faced since it started in 2003. Evidence brought by Richard Wilmot-Smith QC, representing Penguin Marine, the company holding the rights to provide transport to and from the islands,  showed “erosion and deterioration of The World islands.” So, in a nutshell, “the islands are gradually falling back into the sea.”  As well as the foundational sands of the islands sinking there is also evidence that the navigational channels between the islands are silting up

Seems almost biblical….

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