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June 20, 2005

AARGH! Them A-Rabs are at it again, why why why? OH WHY?

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What is GOING ON, PEOPLE? This building aims to commemorate the great vision of Sheikh Zayed. The man has a road named after him that houses some of the coolest buildings on this planet. It's like they're pissing gold on his grave. I'm dumbfounded. This is quite possibly the UGLIEST structure I have EVER seen. E.V.E.R. And that is an impressive statement. When I was a wee lass my dad would take me to royal palace-in-construction sites where the walls were made of gold and jewels. The jacuzzis were marble, surrounded by light oak with deep red carpets. I have witnessed gaudy opulence that even The Donald would envy. But THIS, THIS IS THE NASTIEST VISION OF THEM ALL.

There was a period there (in the 90s) when the Dubai Sheikhs went back to basics, they streamlined their new buildings and started favoring plain marble and steel in place of precious metals. Looks like the revolution passed Abu Dhabi without so much as a 'Salaam'. Yes, this tower will be built right in the middle of Abu Dhabi. As is visible from this image, the rest of the busy central square will be completely demolished to leave a barren wasteland from whence this GORGEOUS piece of work will rise above the ashes like a big uglyass golden PIMP CHALICE. Because that is what it looks like.

To the architects who will forever have their names sullied by the likes of me, please, you are capable of so much BETTER. To the Abu Dhabi royals who have commissioned this ginormous headache, why do you so make light of Zayed's brilliant visions? I bet you all the gold in the world that a crystal-coated, gold-dipped, titanium tower (yes, that's right) was the last thing on his mind when he envisioned an oasis of the future. But who am I, nothing, nobody, just a lowly ex-expatriate with two eyes for seeing and one brain for disliking what it is I'm seeing.

posted by Neha
4:31 PM


Blogger 13 said...

I am not sure if this project is going to be take off. There are more architects now in Dubai than the average male sperm count. They all want to create the 'the next big thing' in Dubai. While I like the idea of so many crazy ideas floating around, it's getting a little too much...
They (the architects) are under a lot of presure to come up with a design or concept that is 'different' to arract investments that sometimes they end up losing touch with both reality and economics.

6/21/2005 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo I totally agree, its gonna look like a new Vegas minus any casinos, plus architectural insanity. Shit, thisll kill Vegas!

6/21/2005 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Paresh said...

you know all that's fine... when do we steal it?

6/21/2005 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

I completely agree that these projects are losing touch with reality.

It's also Vegas minus the strippers and prossies. There's some Ruski prossies I'm sure but nothing Vegas calibre. And in place of Celine Dion there will be a Salima Diab doing crappy stage shows in a burkha. Hahaha, too funny, now this is a good idea, screw reality!

6/21/2005 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

P, you gives it a big shove and I'll roll it onto the getaway tank! Weeeee!

6/21/2005 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open letter to all Arab Sheikhs:

Dearest Filthy Rich Sheikhs,

Since a young age I've been fascinated by your spending excesses. If you have nothing better to do with all that cash you got cause you were lucky enough to have all that black gold under your feet, please donate to the noblest of causes; the Save QuickSilver fund. Rest assured that every fil you donate will be used by me to fund all the things I've ever wanted such as a personal shawarmah chef, a Ferrari F340, 60" Plasma TV, Boston Acousitcs sound system, platinum bling bling etc.. You will have my eternal gratitude for this.

Thank you for your attention and keep having fun while you can, cause I heard the oil will run out in 50 yrs or so.


6/21/2005 09:01:00 PM  

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