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Rosdower 02-08-2010 13:42

[Dubai][lol]Worlds tallest tower closes
Burj Khalifa, World's Tallest Tower, Closed A Month After Opening


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates The world's tallest skyscraper has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and casting doubt over plans to welcome its first permanent occupants in the coming weeks.

Electrical problems are at least partly to blame for the closure of the Burj Khalifa's viewing platform the only part of the half-mile high tower open yet. But a lack of information from the spire's owner left it unclear whether the rest of the largely empty building including dozens of elevators meant to whisk visitors to the tower's more than 160 floors was affected by the shutdown.

The indefinite closure, which began Sunday, comes as Dubai struggles to revive its international image as a cutting-edge Arab metropolis amid nagging questions about its financial health.

The Persian Gulf city-state had hoped the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa would be a major tourist draw. Dubai has promoted itself by wowing visitors with over-the-top attractions such as the Burj, which juts like a silvery needle out of the desert and can be seen from miles around.

In recent weeks, thousands of tourists have lined up for the chance to buy tickets for viewing times often days in advance that cost more than $27 apiece. Now many of those would-be visitors, such as Wayne Boyes, a tourist from near Manchester, England, must get back in line for refunds.

"It's just very disappointing," said Boyes, 40, who showed up at the Burj's entrance Monday with a ticket for an afternoon time slot only to be told the viewing platform was closed. "The tower was one of my main reasons for coming here," he said.

The precise cause of the $1.5 billion Dubai skyscraper's temporary shutdown remained unclear.

In a brief statement responding to questions, building owner Emaar Properties blamed the closure on "unexpected high traffic," but then suggested that electrical problems were also at fault.

"Technical issues with the power supply are being worked on by the main and subcontractors and the public will be informed upon completion," the company said, adding that it is "committed to the highest quality standards at Burj Khalifa."
cliffs: their **** doesn't work

jonb 02-08-2010 13:43

Wasn't this supposed to be the start of their economic turnaround?

GreyGhost 02-08-2010 13:43

Mitch is going to roll some heads.

telos 02-08-2010 13:45

This is what happens when you employ slave labor.

Hi mitch :wave:

NoGodForMe 02-08-2010 13:45

No desire to go there. ****ing animals will cut your hand off. Or you'll get kidnapped by terrorists.

CloroX 02-08-2010 13:46


mstrike 02-08-2010 13:47


Flunky 02-08-2010 13:47

worse than or at least as bad as Mexico...

Wowbagger 02-08-2010 13:49


--chaingun 02-08-2010 13:49


Originally Posted by NoGodForMe (Post 15310206)
No desire to go there. ****ing animals will cut your hand off. Or you'll get kidnapped by terrorists.

sweet jesus :rofl:

Kelven 02-08-2010 13:51

but they have indoor skiing

KnightMare 02-08-2010 13:51


Odio 02-08-2010 13:52


Mitchdubai 02-08-2010 13:53


Originally Posted by telos (Post 15310205)
Hi mitch :wave:

You can all **** right off, ignorant pricks. I was up on the 124th floor on Saturday. Here's what it feels like to look down on a 65 storey hotel and the worlds biggest shopping mall.

So they have a few minor teething troubles caused by the massive number of visitors and they will be back online in a few days.


You can all **** off
And die
Ignorant ****s

CloroX 02-08-2010 13:54

I love seeing Dubai fail. :rofl:

jonb 02-08-2010 13:54

****ing ex-pat apologist

Mitchdubai 02-08-2010 13:55

Did I forget to mention the fountain that makes the sprinkler outside Bellagio look like it belongs in my garden?

Android1 02-08-2010 13:55


paulmezick 02-08-2010 13:56

It looks like a giant **** cock. **** that place

CloroX 02-08-2010 13:56

So how did they do the sewage for this place? Do the toilets flow directly into the desert or is it piped into those surrounding bodies of water?

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