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Dubai is super enough, thanks

October 27, 2009

Dubai has sufficient superlatives – record-setting landmarks unique in their size, cost or concept — to last it for the next decade – so enough already, says Deyaar CEO Markus Giebel.

“I endorse having the tallest building in the world, the first seven-star hotel in the world, the palm,” he says. “What I don’t endorse are attempts to now outdo these superlatives…they are going to last us the next 10 to 15 years.”

Dubai is home — amongst other attractions — to the world’s largest indoor ski slope, the world’s tallest tower, and the world’s first, albeit self-rated, seven-star hotel that also sports its own Rolls Royce fleet and helicopter landing platform. The global financial crisis brought a real estate boom in the emirate to a screeching halt, leading to a raft of new, hugely ambitious projects  — including a 1-km high tower and the world’s largest mall – to be shelved or delayed.