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Fri 8 Jan 2010 04:00 AM

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Tall tower and tall tales

The other day, I read in a local magazine one of the many ‘year in review' type articles. There have been so many of these, I practically knew what it was going to say before I read it, but it did raise one point that made me chuckle.

The other day, I read in a local magazine one of the many ‘year in review' type articles. There have been so many of these, I practically knew what it was going to say before I read it, but it did raise one point that made me chuckle.

Most people will admit that 2009 was a difficult year for them, but very few will admit to it having been actively disastrous. The magazine pointed this out and suggested that some companies were either being economical with the truth, or some mystery contractor nobody had ever heard had taken an enormous hit, while everybody else had pulled forward cheerfully.

I know what they mean. How many times have you heard or read quotes from local businesses which read something like: "Well, it has been a tough few months, but unlike some of our competitors, we weren't wholly reliant on the construction market". Really?

Of course, you can't blame firms and their spokespeople for putting on a brave face (particularly in front of journalists) and there certainly is a feeling that now this ‘restructuring' thing is out in the open we can begin to move on - but surely one lesson we can all take from 2009 is that transparency and openness really is the key to surviving these times?

Anyhow, here I am talking about 2009, while by the time you read this the New Year will have been and done, and, hopefully the Burj Dubai will have opened. Many criticise the tower for being late, over budget and so on.

Well, nobody ever said it would be easy. When you build something that has never been done before, something sensational, there are going to be problems. Good engineering is about finding solutions - and the huge team behind the Dubai tower have done just that. I hope it enjoys many years as one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. Happy New Year to you all.

Greg Whitaker is the editor of Plant Machinery Vehicles Middle East.  

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Anthony Ferris 10 years ago

Well i say well done its a magnificent building, i am in construction and i know what it takes to build ,Again well done for an inhuman effort.