04 January, 2010

Burj KHALIFA?!

the tallest building in the world is USD 10 billion high.

checkmate.

this has *got* to hurt. OUCH.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It now all makes sense. A bail out two weeks ago and now the world's tallest building changes it name. Put the two together and it all makes sense. After 4 years of building that must be a very bitter pill to swallow.

Anonymous said...

Burj Khalifa ? when did they rename?

Anonymous said...

AUH funded..?

Anonymous said...

NICE NAME,History of uae

Anonymous said...

Sh Mo is a humble man! Its a good gesture to rename it after Sh Kalifa. Yes it hurts and can't be digested, however I salute the Dubai ruler for this. Congratulations to him and all the best for Dubai's future.

hemlock said...

anon 21:17: i pray for Shk Mo's health. a lesser man would not have been able to see this through.

Dubai Jazz said...

In Arab culture, the man is always more important than the institution or the place. In fact, a man (let alone a leader) could epitomize a city or a country.

I'm not at all surprised.

Anonymous said...

How humiliating.

Anonymous said...

wow.

WOW.

@Hemlock. There is an official website you can leave these lovely notes on... Take some time off to polish that halo though.

Now, I wonder, in light of the previous post by TRN, what this means to the economy, except an explanation!

WOW.

rosh said...

WOW indeed. It's disheartening to say the least. More drama cometh?

The Boss said...

Bible, Genesis 11:4 states that, "come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves".. problem is the tallest building in the world is USD10bn bailout funding high and owned by abu dhabi.. is the strong dubai based emirates airlines soon to be announced under the abu dhabi inc. umbrella of takeover investments soon too??

Al-ain Rose said...

I don't understand the many WOWs on here.
O_o

Anonymous said...

"a lesser man would not have been able to see this through..."

Do you think this was by choice?
What would a lesser man do? Pay $10billion? Or try to raise it from another entity - in exchange for what? Sulk, and not come for the inauguration? What? What?

Sometimes there is only one thing to do - unless, of course, you are a sycophant or a cynic.

Grin and bear it.

One'd love to know the actual story - is this a gesture in hope for writing off the bailout? Was this the price? Is it a carrot for borrowing more money?

And it's not even the older SZ. It's the current one. That is what makes it interesting. Next? Another little bit being named after the AD Crown Prince?

The advantage to Dubai in this is that there is no greater proof that it is backed by AD. It's an endorsement. It's Dubai style marketing. Only this time they did not hire a sports has-been. They looked closer home.

Sugar-Free Sweetie said...

Wow
does everbody here sees it that way?!
funds...money...name change...and OUCH???
can't you just feel like it was done out of respect for His highness the President??!!
anyways....it is not a day for me to defend anything so I'm going to let the haters burn in Jealousy
congrats UAE for you have achieved a great milestone today
long live the UAE
Long Live the President
and Long Live the Vice-President
and as he says...alot of them talk while we keep on delivering and achieving....

Media Junkie said...

it would have been nice to know when the name change took place rather than waking up to 'grand opening of burj khalifa'

*scratches head*

Anonymous said...

it's heavy enough that they can't move it to Abu-Dhabi... so is still the Dubai's pride

Anonymous said...

it's still a landmark in DUBAI ...

Anonymous said...

hilarious... i would have LOVED to have been a fly on the wall of Shk Mo's garishly decorated walls when this little bombshell was whispered into his ear. dubai just got colonised by the abu dhabi

Anonymous said...

Sums Dubai Perfectly - Selling their Identity .

I remembern Shk MOhammed saying i ( in 2008 Video Archives ) that Burj DUBAI is about creating history and branding Dubai Globally ...

Where is the Pride Now for DUBAI >>>

Well Done AUH

Anonymous said...

Brand Dubai -- up for 10 Million Dollars - HAHAHAHA

the real nick said...

Priceless!

Still, it sounds better than 'Burj Abbar' - which at least one person was hoping for...

Anonymous said...

this blog was the best one day, but not any more. most comments these days are full of haterit and non sense. those negative remarks about naming it Burj Khalifa is non of anybodies business except H.H Shk. Mohamad Bin rashid almaktom and him alone. and he didn't namedit after any expat or somthing will degard dxd he named it after H.H the Presedint of the UAE. so, fore all those whow are trying to make anegative issue out of it i suggest you use your brain and say something valuable to the readers of this blog.
respect to all bosative comments.

i, Bobo said...

Garish and silly -- roughly the equivalent of buying a low license plate number.

Anonymous said...

Rumour making rounds: A new megatower will be announced in a few years called the Burj Maktoum merging plans from Nakheel Tower and older Burj Dubai plans.

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, ha – the “selling their identity” was a priceless comment! (Anon 08:42)
Upps and I thought it was a “national identity” campaign.

How about “Burj - no we can’t” (as in we cannot do it ourselves, but need to import our achievements and thereafter live in absolute ignorance and denial that maybe we should have invested this money in our education - of nationals that is, not of foreigners?)

John B. Chilton said...

Abu Dhabi bought naming rights. Surely a better use of those rights would have been to name it Burj Zayed.

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