It has been over five years since the Burj Dubai began construction on 21 September 2004, however tonight the world’s tallest building will be given a lavish opening ceremony, assuaging any fears that the emirate is still reeling from last year’s debt crisis.
Emaar Properties, the site’s developer, are planning to throw a massive display of “sound, light, water and fireworks” to celebrate the opening and completion of the 818m-tall tower. However, whilst the exterior of the super skyscraper is complete, an army of workers are still labouring to fit out the 162-floor building.
The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway, a 40km long marine causeway featuring a 22km bridge and 18km embankments connecting the west coast of Qatar to the east coast of Bahrain, is scheduled to begin construction in 2010.
The $3 billion project was originally scheduled to begin last year in May 2008, however in a statement from Bahrain’s Works Minister Fahmi al-Jowder the new deadline was announced.
An under-construction super-luxurious hotel in Mecca has raised fears that the hajj which is meant to involve hardship, struggle and sacrifice will be cheapened and instead become the preserve of the super-rich
The pilgrimage to Mecca traditionally see Muslims travelling to the holy site, forgoing worldly possessions, thoughts and activities in order to focus on their faith. However the Makkah Clock Tower Royal Hotel, part of the seven tower Abraj Al-Bait Complex, will give those who can afford it creature comforts whilst they perform the fifth pillar of Islam.
The EU has big plans for its renewable energy future, and much attention has thus far been directed towards wind generated power, with nations such as the UK and Germany leading the way in making the most of Europe’s wind potential. For this reason, the European Commission’s latest plan to reduce carbon emissions by pumping a huge slice of the 50 billion euros available for research and development into solar power, may raise a few eyebrows.
Power generated from solar panels and carbon capture-and-store technology are the two major components of the EU’s plans, as the commission tries to demonstrate how it is taking the necessary steps to meet ambitious carbon cutting targets. The plan, due to be released tomorrow, is a direct attempt to raise the EU’s profile before the UN summit meeting in Copenhagen in December on reaching a new global agreement to curb climate change.