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Location: Tempe, AZ
|Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:39 pm Post subject: The Cranes of Dubai
|This may not be so much news to anyone anymore, but it’s still a constant interest in my mind. Since I am currently working on a project for Vexations that I am calling Cranes, this particular little tidbit seems like a fun mention.
New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Dubai's symbol, for now, is the construction crane.
This Persian Gulf boomtown is more accurately described as an enormous construction site, rather than a finished city.
Cranes cram the skyline and line the highways, marring the view from almost any window. Their latticed booms wheel over hundreds of half-finished skyscrapers, hauling up gray slabs of prefabricated wall, buckets of wet concrete and bundles of steel reinforcing rod that resembles rust-colored spaghetti.
Says the Chicago Sun-Times.
Others have suggested that Dubai possibly has 1/3 of the world’s total cranes, employing over 3,000 of these engineering marvels. A number growing daily as the city grows like a jewel from the desert.
The lovely picture to the left is from an excellent Photoset by Flickr user Boudders, you should go check it out for more images of Dubai.