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Saudi Arabia to begin building world’s tallest skyscraper
The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Ben Lazarus

Posted on 04/18/2014 4:55:51 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Saudi Arabia is scheduled to begin building the world’s tallest tower next week, which will soar 1km in to the sky when completed.

The Kingdom Tower in the coastal city of Jeddah will measure 3,280 feet (1km), some 568 feet (173 meters) taller than the current Guinness world record holder, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,716 feet (827 metres).

At an estimated cost of $1.23bn, the tower in Saudi will require approximately 5.7 million square feet of concrete, 80,000 tonnes of steel for its 200 floors and will take five years to complete, according to The Saudi Gazette.

The tower, overlooking the Red Sea, will feature a five-star Four Seasons hotel, apartments, office space and an observatory.

But constructing the tower is not without its many challenges.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: burjkhalifa; dubai; fourseasons; jeddah; kingdomtower; redsea; saudiarabia
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1 posted on 04/18/2014 4:55:51 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why?


2 posted on 04/18/2014 4:56:38 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

So we can fly a plane into it?


3 posted on 04/18/2014 4:57:30 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good thing they don’t have to wade thru a bunch of American bureaucracy and enviro impact statments and stuff. Saudi builds stuff ,americans now shuffle papers….and file lawsuits.

Gee, what could go wrong with that?


4 posted on 04/18/2014 4:58:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: doc1019

Probably just because they CAN.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 4:58:53 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Embargo Steel to SA.


6 posted on 04/18/2014 5:00:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: hoagy62
It's pure vanity....

7 posted on 04/18/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: doc1019

We used to be on top and build the most impressive and tallest. Now the best a lot here can do is go ‘why?’ and not give a crap. Sad state, the rest of the world is leaving us quickly behind.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 5:00:45 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: MinorityRepublican

just wait till the day comes when after the 76th floor it collapses because they forgot to hire that dude that makes sure it’s always level as each story gets done.Oops!


9 posted on 04/18/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: MinorityRepublican

Should get a nice view of all the sand from up there.


10 posted on 04/18/2014 5:02:21 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Monty22002

Ragheads having the tallest building does nothing to put America behind.


11 posted on 04/18/2014 5:02:40 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Monty22002

True, true ... however, people keep wanting knock our tall buildings down.


12 posted on 04/18/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: MinorityRepublican

Taller than the WTC, no doubt.


13 posted on 04/18/2014 5:02:48 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Monty22002

Hello, who do you think is building it ?


14 posted on 04/18/2014 5:04:15 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: doc1019

Why? A.Because they can. B. Because if they don’t do it, China will and take all the bragging rights with it. C. Because since Saudi Arabia is usually the instigator. checkwriter or online inspriation and recruiter agent of Tower Bomb Style Terrorists, they can make this Leaning Tower of Babel and rest assured that Hamas would not dare to bomb it. D. You gotta put all those extra wives and extra mother-in-laws somewheres, right? This way, everbody has the same address. There will even be room for all the lawyers, and their families too.


15 posted on 04/18/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Arab countries are all competing with each other for tallest building. Better than spending the money on bombs, I guess.


16 posted on 04/18/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: doc1019

Why?

It’s a Guy Thing


17 posted on 04/18/2014 5:04:56 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s amazing.

The average person just does not “get” the money flows.

“McFly” just can’t think.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 5:04:58 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: EEGator

We can’t even have the nicest stuff anymore. They gimped up the new WTC because they know it’ll be target #1. We’re cowering and falling behind in fear and poverty while they can boast and take off. We used to be able to go to the moon and now we can’t put a person in orbit.

I guess to some luddites and so on types may so whatever, we’re making progress on legal pot. So down the toilet we go.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 5:05:02 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: lee martell

Great answer! LOL! ;-)


20 posted on 04/18/2014 5:05:37 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: PieterCasparzen

Doesn’t matter who is building it, we’re not the ones having it. The arabs and Chinese are leaving us in their dust.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 5:06:02 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: molson209

LOL!


22 posted on 04/18/2014 5:06:26 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: MinorityRepublican

23 posted on 04/18/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: molson209

You think they’re trying to compensate for something?


24 posted on 04/18/2014 5:06:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican
All this muss and fuss over Saudi Arabia building a skyscraper with our oil money. Instead of congratulating Saudi Arabia for their achievement, we instead make catty comments like a coven of jealous schoolgirls after the star quarterback walks away with the homecoming queen on his arm.

How pathetic!

25 posted on 04/18/2014 5:13:54 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: mrsmel

nearly twice as tall...


26 posted on 04/18/2014 5:19:18 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: MinorityRepublican

Great lets wait until they’re finished and crash an airliner into it.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Monty22002

Dollars go to SA in exchange for oil.

Those dollars have to come BACK somehow.

This is one of the ways.

European and American companies sell TONS of stuff to the mideast.

Trucks, powerplants, management consulting, airplanes, heavy equipment, engineering services, etc., etc.

Then dollars go from SA back to US companies as sales.

We have to sell them something in exchange for buying from them.


28 posted on 04/18/2014 5:24:16 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: SamAdams76

They knocked down our 2nd tallest buildings and we’re supposed to cheer them on when they build taller than we can now? Uh huh


29 posted on 04/18/2014 5:26:50 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: Semper911

by the time they finish it,most of us here on free republic will be between 100 and 125 years old.


30 posted on 04/18/2014 5:27:34 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Monty22002

No, but instead of sitting around and whining about it, we should go ahead and build a few of our own.


31 posted on 04/18/2014 5:28:23 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

We can’t. We’re too poor and too afraid cause they’ll be targets for the Saudis to knock down anyway.


32 posted on 04/18/2014 5:29:10 PM PDT by Monty22002
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To: Monty22002

Well, then we get what we deserve then.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 5:33:07 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: MinorityRepublican

The problem is they have to build it on sand


34 posted on 04/18/2014 5:34:54 PM PDT by BRL
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To: Semper911

Its missing the call-to-prayer loudspeakers.


35 posted on 04/18/2014 5:44:36 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: doc1019

Why?

Maybe to make it easier for their wahabbi folks to knock down a building with an airplane


36 posted on 04/18/2014 5:46:50 PM PDT by Figment
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To: PieterCasparzen

Absolutely right. Engineering company I work for has been doing preliminary foundation testing on this site for a year. And we don’t work cheap. If the Saudis have penis envy or whatever the reason for building this monstrosity, I’m happy to help them get over it at $1,500/ day.


37 posted on 04/18/2014 5:53:25 PM PDT by lump in the melting pot (Half-brother is Watching You!)
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To: SamAdams76

“No, but instead of sitting around and whining about it, we should go ahead and build a few of our own.”

For what?


38 posted on 04/18/2014 5:54:00 PM PDT by Figment
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To: MinorityRepublican

They can use it to train the next group of Saudi one-way, 9/11, terrorist pilots.


39 posted on 04/18/2014 5:54:01 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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40 posted on 04/18/2014 5:56:22 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

It’ll definitely be designed and built by top firms from the USA, UK, Japan and/or Korea


41 posted on 04/18/2014 5:58:48 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Tower of Bab Allah.

I didn’t think they had erections that big in Saudi.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 6:00:54 PM PDT by RichInOC ("In the name of Allah, The Inexorable, The Irresistible...")
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To: varyouga

varyouga to Cruz_West_Paul2016
It’ll definitely be designed and built by top firms from the USA, UK, Japan and/or Korea
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and maybe one of the 57 states?


43 posted on 04/18/2014 6:04:41 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: MinorityRepublican

Better they spend money on this than suicide bombers and madrases.


44 posted on 04/18/2014 6:19:43 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Hello, who do you think is building it ?

From what I saw in the Middle East, I'd say Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos.

Arabs don't work, they hire others. (Then confiscate their passports and never let them quit.)

45 posted on 04/18/2014 6:24:22 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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How Quaint!
A ‘tower of babble’, in a land of unintelligible phlegm removing nasal and throat soundings.

(There! I said it, and I meant it!)


46 posted on 04/18/2014 6:28:37 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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You think they’re trying to compensate for something?

Heh ...heh ...heh.

47 posted on 04/18/2014 6:43:02 PM PDT by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Age of Reason

The one in Dubai is so tall you can view the curvature of the earth.


48 posted on 04/18/2014 6:50:49 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Can we fly an airplane into it? Please...


49 posted on 04/18/2014 7:04:37 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: EEGator

My thoughts exactly...


50 posted on 04/18/2014 7:05:29 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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