Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Dear Daniela,

With regards to DMCC's tallest office tower, the confidence from the market is so strong this includes financial institutes, buyers, insurance companies, steel suppliers, contracters, EIBOR (apparently LIBOR is not as trusted as use to be) all of which are supporting this tower, even more so after publicizing it, it reached a point where my Boss asked me not to build the world tallest office tower higher than the Burj Khalifa. This is testimony to the confidence that this will be a record breaking tallest office tower & most successful office tower in the world, this also mean the only reason the Burj Khalifa is still the tallest tower in the world is because I was asked not build higher than the Nurj Khalifa.

The real McCoy

I do agree that Dubai has done a lot with very little, and being the best is something we should all strive to, but the best at what? Sometimes I do get very frustrated with the plans they come up with. And it's not only that - I've seen plans to build a replica Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal.


A bit more focus and creativity would be nice to see. Come on Dubai, get widdit.


The pillars (the real ones) on which Dubai relies on, are far from being ethically and morally accepted by any standards.
The false illusion that this is a fair society and all is glamorous is as sustainable as a city in the desert is, particularly when its jammed with glazed towers and no shades for pedestrians!
Dubai has a long way to go before its gives its first steps into a more respectful, genuine approach towards humankind and its natural habitat.


You are only remembered for being No: 1. History has the answer.

Dubai has a tremendous potential to realise the dreams of many. It take courage to be there.

When US and Europe are sitting on a mountain of debt and see no sign of coming back to the old charm, Dubai has come back too quickly for non-oil economy.

It is desire to be the best in the world. To many, Middle east means Dubai. It is the preferred location. Because they want to be among the best.


Strange comment because Dubai's been built without a mountain of debt, hasn't it?


Dubai has done really great. It needs to boast more, certainly not less. However, with maturity and sense of realistic perspective, it will hopefully learn, with the passage of time, to understand the significance of values rooted around long term values, not materialism and glamor alone. For the time being, it has become perfectly acceptable to make claims without validation or credibility. But then, with less than 4 decades of modern history, one wouldn't expect much. With a wee bit of time, it will shine brighter,


I'd be in favor of world records such as: "most tolerant city", "city with the highest humanistic values", "city with the kindest people" etc.
Dubai is doing pretty well in all of the aforementioned already, but there's always a step up the ladder!


I agree with Mr. Shane. I don't know who is responsible for these statements: the Emirate or the media? Not only does it sometimes border on the frivolous, the truth of the claim is often dubious, e.g. that Dubai is the third busiest airport in the world (not according to the rankings) or that Emirates is the largest international airlines in the world (it may have the most international passengers per kilometre, but that does not make it the largest international airline in the world), etc. Sounds more like propaganda than news!

Ty Say

Donald, it is nice to see not everyone has "sheep" mentality and inevitably sucks in all this media dribble!
You would have thought, or at least hoped that the Arabs would learn by the mistakes of the previous decade. Sadly I do not think this is the case as they still seem to be driven by greed and a false pretence they are the best in the World.
Don?t get me wrong I am not an Arab basher, I think what they have done here in UAE in the short period of time is nothing short of amazing. With this in mind, why would you need or want to exaggerate.


All the records might be of some worth if the projects weren't mired in debt, another record achievement in itself!


Mr. Shane fails to understand the unique role Dubai plays in the Middle East and SE Asia. This is a place where people with great ambitions come to achieve their dreams. Many of these motivated individuals seek differentiation via superlatives in a place where they can achieve such things. Dubai represents hope and the ability to achieve dreams. For some, this is expressed by being the world's best or greatest, biggest, etc. I see nothing wrong with striving to be the best, to achieve one's potential, nor with Dubai offering such opportunities and hope to people who otherwise would have access to neither.


Sounds like someone is jealous his own country cannot create such records ! If you live in Dubai, you owe it to this magnificent city to support such endeavors as they bring publicity to Dubai and raise its image in the world to an even higher level.

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Most Discussed