Skip to comments.Dubai World Down the Drain
Posted on 01/22/2011 3:06:32 PM PST by smoothsailing
I just read a great article over at Hillbuzz.
Apparently Dubai World, a man-made metropolis of islands in the Gulf of Oman, is SINKING. You may have caught the 60 Minutes interview with the King of Dubai as he explained this insane construction project. A project that was being built at the hands of slaves.
Yes, slavery survives and thrives in the Middle East. Anyone who thinks these Islamic jerks have one iota of civility in their blood is sadly mistaken.
And now these islands, built on slave blood are melting away. Karma is a bitch, isn’t it?
Go read more about it here. Kevin writes another brilliant piece about the evils of islam.
(Excerpt) Read more at iowntheworld.com ...
A Brit engineer who worked in Dubai told me that in ten years most of the buildings will crumble. Seems that the incredibly wealthy bought the cheapest concrete available.
They built their world on sinking sand... sounds like an old hymn to me.
I sure wouldn’t want to be in one of the tall buildings anytime in the next 30 years.
A-rabs ain’t the smartest people in the world.
Wonder where the water comes from to water the lawn and trees? And the power... all underwater lines I suppose.
Dust storms here are unbelievable and the city will be covered in an increasingly thick film of dirt as time goes by.
Dumb place to think you can build a city or civilization...
I recall reading somewhere that one of the great perennial problems facing engineers in that part of the world is that most of the sand of the Arabian Peninsula is unsuitable for use in concrete.
The great Mohammed Bin Laden (founder of the Bin Laden contracting dynasty) went to considerable extremes trucking sand vast distances for use in his works. Even building roads for one-time use. That’s why his stuff still stands.
“...in ten years most of the buildings will crumble.”
Did they use seawater in their concrete?
Are they SURE?
I’ma thinking it HAS to be the precipitously rising sea levels caused by global warming.
Maybe we should be buying what little oil they produce at $200-300 a barrel and force ANYONE who is going on vacation to head for Dubai!
ANYTHING TO SAVE DUBAI!!!
Of course. Everything bad that happens is his fault.
Years ago a bridge was built across Tampa Bay called the Courtney Campbell Causway connecting Tampa and Satint Pete.
Contractor used salt water to mix the concrete which saved him millions but shortened the bridges lifespan by over half.
Course the contractor filed for bankruptsy a year or so later and was absolved of the whole mess.
Where did they get their water in DUBAI?
It couldn’t happen to more deserving people.
Too bad Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie backed out of their purchase of one of those islands.
Dunno. He just mentioned the low grade concrete.
This actually was tossed in to a headline in one of the UK papers, that global warming is at fault for the erosion of part of 'the World' project in Dubai, but not mentioned anywhere in the actual meat of the article, nor is anyone quoted as saying it has to do with global warming.
Just bonus faux facts tossed into an article to continue the global warming myths.
All this being said, I remember watching a lot of programs on the developments of the Palm Isles and the World project, and it was made pretty clear in the program that replenishing sand would be needed to maintain the islands, as well as extended dredging to clear the channels.
More of a true issue is the number of Dubai projects which are falling apart due to poor construction and inspection practices, not to mention using slave labor to build them. That's going to be the more significant impact on Dubai's land values.
Anyone wanna try living in the shadow of the 'world's tallest building' when two story buildings made by the same construction company are crumbling 8 years after being built?
“The foolish man builds his house on sand ...”
Who was/were the engineers and contractor(s)? Engineering and construction malpractice?
The sand is a great example. I remember watching on Discovery (?) how round sand was not good to fill the islands so they took it from the sea. Either way, the sea has plenty of time to try to claim it back.
A lot of very wealthy people bought homes there because it was chic. Keeping up with the Joneses. Kind of like having a Rolls in your driveway to impress your neighbors.
I imagine a lot of them were Hollywood stars and the like.
Maybe some of them are decent people, but who would buy a multimillion-dollar house in Dubai? Arab lovers? People who want to be on the front cover of People Magazine? And of course Arab Sheikhs.
I’d say on the whole this couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of people.
Yup, the sand for concrete is a huge issue.
The little island country of Bahrain is nearly totally reliant upon Saudi Arabia for sand usable for making concrete to build. Just a few years ago when there was a dispute between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Saudi just cut off Bahrain’s supply of sand for the concrete, effectively shutting down all the building going on in the country. While Bahrain’s never been trying to keep up with the Emirates, especially Dubai, a lot of growth and expansion had been happening and things just came to a grinding halt.
Too bad they never read their Bible. Don’t build on sand but build your house on a “Rock”. Mohammad is not a rock.
Didn’t they have a really disgusting sewerage back-up problem several months ago? The place was covered in it.
No matter how much money they throw at something, they'll never get past their third world sh**hole mentality.
Allowing a ruling class to spend money they didn't earn never yields a favorable outcome.
Present company included.
Is that the devil or just a very annoyed cat? Well, whatever, my donation will be in the mail on Monday.
The foolish man builds his house on sand ...
The most foolish man builds his house not only on sand but in a desert with no water. Sewer system alone must be fun there. I’m too lazy to look on Google earth but that area it looks flat to me
In my construction days in the ME I ran into cheap contractors who used brackish water in their concrete mix. This type of concrete was poor quality because the salt solidified when the water evaporated making the concrete brittle and it also corroded the rebar.
Of course, the damage was only noticeable a year later and the contractor had moved to another construction site.
SINKING or ERODING ??
Sinking would mean that the whole foundation is lowered
Eroding would mean a good foundation, but soil etc is washing into the sea.
Erosion could be controlled, while sinking could not
Are you talking about the big bay bridge? The Sunshine Skyway Bridge?
The Sunshine Skyway goes from St.Pete to Bradenton across the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Courtney Campbell goes from Tampa near the airport over to Clearwater St. Pete airport area along with two other bridges from Tampa to St pete.
For years the bridge was affectionately called the Courtney Crumble bridge by the locals.
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